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On Sunday afternoon, Fortnite players were treated to a phenomenal light show, a meteor, and rocket launch. Afterwards, players were sucked into the center of the map. Then . . . nothing but an image of a swirling black hole. Once the initial shock wore off, many were wondering if this really was the end of the game.
Even my nine year old gamer is beyond excited for a new chapter of Fortnite. He had given up on the game months ago when the creation of a power suit made the game, in his words, unplayable. I'll never forget him stomping down the stairs from the game room ranting that Fortnite was cheating and he was DONE!
It's 18 hours later and nothing has changed other than part frustration and part fascination at Epic Game's brilliant marketing strategy. My kid was up at 5 am to check his X-Box--still a black hole.
When will Fortnite be back? There's tons of speculation since the mysterious numbers (11 146 15 62 87 14 106 2 150 69 146 15 36 2 176 8 160 65) began.
Some added the numbers and thought it indicated a time for the new season's reveal. Wrong. Others matched the numbers to a "Visitor's" audio to reveal a message: "I was not alone. Others are outside the loop. This was not calculated. The zero point in now inevitable."
Again, brilliant marketing. Betting odds are the new game may launch Thursday, October 17th . . .
. . . although whispers of an earlier release date and time are adding to the frustration.
For the dedicated who will continue to watch the black hole live streaming, Fortnite was nice enough to provide a hidden game.
A small consolation prize for causing so much frustration. Will the anticipation be worth it? Fortnite fans certainly hope so.