Fortnite The big end-of-chapter event just ended, and it was a big one. After an all-out war against UFOs, zombies, and the Cube Queen, players were saved in a rescue mission led by Dwayne Johnson. (Well, his character in the game). Then the island flipped.
Let’s back up a bit. The last season of the game has been all about cubes, and just as the event was loading, a mysterious giant blue cube appeared on the map next to all the players in my lobby. Jumping into the bucket bounced players off, but otherwise did nothing more than ominously threaten. We also got to see the Cube Queen in the distance, which has been floating in a ball of energy over the center of the island for part of the season.
As the countdown clock reached 10 minutes, Cube Queen’s evil laugh echoed across the island and zombies began to appear in front of our base. Thankfully, weapons were added to everyone’s inventory, so players worked to fend off incoming zombie soldiers (although the zombies didn’t seem to pose any real threat).
As the clock reached zero, an alarm sounded over the island and Cube Queen’s pyramid glowed brightly. She fired a bolt of lightning into the sky which opened a huge portal revealing a horde of giant UFOs. During the game’s seventh season, the island was in the shadow of a single UFO; the Queen of the Cube had brought an army.
UFOs and zombies approached the blue cube as players tried to dodge them. But the battle began to seem unwinnable, and things went from bad to worse when a UFO blew up the blue cube.
After that, the event took an interesting turn, moving the perspective below the surface of the island to a CGI scene. (It was as if Netflix did a Fortnite TV show.) The game’s main character, Agent Jones, was strapped to a lab chair with a device on his head, and Doctor Slone, who betrayed players at the end of last season, was apparently about to to end Jones’s life. Then, a hulking figure known as The Foundation burst in to save the day, removing his mask to reveal that he was playing him, as suspectednone other than Dwayne Johnson.
As Jones and The Foundation tried to get to safety, two other characters dressed similarly to The Foundation rescued the players on the surface and brought them to the inner island. Players were then given the control to follow someone named The Scientist to get to Jones and The Foundation. But during the escape, the island began to tip over little by little.
Ultimately, players reached Jones and The Foundation at Zero Point (essentially a large ball of energy that has been a key plot point in Fortnite). The scientist assured everyone that we were safe, but then one of the giant zombies broke a window, causing water to rush in and all of us being forced out.
Soon my character surfaced and watched as the island slowly tilted until it was completely vertical and then fell the other way. That crushed the Queen of the Cube, causing the giant portal with the UFOs to close. The island then flipped over completely, revealing a completely new landscape. In the distance, you could see a bit of the new areas to explore, but a tidal wave quickly swept my player out to sea.
When will Fortnite return?
Now, Fortnite it only shows my player at sea in an empty record. I can’t move and there is almost nothing on the screen except me, my journal and the vast open ocean. Everything reminds of the black hole that bridged the transition between Chapters 1 and 2.
There’s no timer or any kind of indication of when Chapter 3 can be played. But if you want a glimpse of what’s to come, a leaked trailer seems to have spoiled a lot of what you can expect.
This chapter, which began in October 2019 after several days of downtime with the black hole, pushed Fortnite growing narrative ambitions with first-person storytelling events, an arcade shooter against a Marvel villain, a thrilling single-player event to try to stabilize reality, and even a mission inside a cube-filled alien mothership. The final event of Chapter 2 took things a step further, and now we’ll have to wait and see what Epic has in store for Chapter 3.