Fortnite has proved once again that it’s one of the most boundary-pushing video games out there
October 20, 2019
Fortnite has proved once again that it’s one of the most boundary-pushing video games out there. Following a shocking gamble that saw the game pulled offline for nearly 48 hours, players were reminded that Epic Games’ battle royale hit is in a league of its own when it comes to experimental live events, all in service of the game’s weird and wonderful brand of world-building.
The game “relaunched,” you might say, on Tuesday morning after a meteor struck the island hundreds of millions of players have been exploring and competing on for the last two years. In the meteor’s wake was a black hole that sucked up the map and left players staring at a blank screen for hours. The game’s new map, which had been leaked in bits and pieces over the last few weeks, came out the other side after two tortuously long days of silence. The completely reworked island, and the launch of the game’s next season, officially marks Fortnite Chapter 2, which features a brand-new world full of activities and hidden challenges, an updated visual style and interface, and plenty of small but effective changes to how the game can be played.
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The whole affair was easily the most groundbreaking live event Epic has pulled off yet, after the developer raised the stakes with a world-shaking robot-monster battle in late July. But it can be easy to forget that, before it dominated all of Twitter, Twitch, and YouTube last weekend, Fortnite wasn’t in the greatest place. In fact, it felt like the game had entered into its first downward spiral, following a summer during which it hosted a hugely successful e-sports tournament and could seemingly do no wrong.
Season X, arriving the week after the World Cup, felt like a bad hangover after a raucous celebration. Instead of Epic using its 10th season to celebrate the game’s meteoric two-year rise and the realization of its e-sports ambitions, the game started to sour, and everyone was taking notice.
Streamers and pro players had a collective freakout over the introduction of game-breaking mech suits, and Fortnite’s post-World Cup e-sports event, the season-long Fortnite Champion Series, came and went without much fanfare. For the broader community, the game had grown far too difficult for casual players to enjoy it, while its constant challenge cycle and playlist rotation made keeping ahead of the battle pass a real chore.