Fortnite has gone offline following an epic—if slightly too-long—live-event that saw the destruction of the Chapter 3 map and the piecing together of the new Chapter 4 map, courtesy of the Paradigm.
The event itself was pretty cool. You’re in space, basically, with several small floating islands hovering around the Zero Point—that giant glowing orb in the picture above.
Your goal here was to gather energy orbs to funnel power into the Zero Point so that Paradigm could use it to power her Map construction. To do this you had to find orbs around the map and complete mini-games and challenges such as:
- Matching props around the floating islands, like flamingos.
- Watching flashbacks of previous live-events like the rocket and the Mech vs Monster battle.
- Running NPC quests like building a snowman, throwing a chicken into the Zero Point and so forth.
As the Paradigm roped in more and more islands, new areas to explore became available, along with more places to find orbs.
I think I got to 44 points by the end of the event. I recorded the whole thing but the video footage is corrupted or I’d share it with you here. I’m actually pretty frustrated about this!
As the final cinematic played out we glimpsed a few familiar faces—the same skins I wrote about leaking ahead of the event: Geralt Of Rivia, Mr. Beast, The Hulk, DOOM Guy and what looks to be the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and characters from Toy Story.
The new map looks pretty sweet! I’m excited to dive back in as I really haven’t played much of lately and didn’t play very much of Chapter 3 this past year. Maybe this can breathe some new life into the game.
While the prop-hunting and whatnot was fun, it might have been more fun if we’d also gotten a massive co-op battle against The Herald first instead of just a cinematic. Oh well! I still had fun.
The event ended with the below cinematic:
When Does Fortnite Come Back Online?
We don’t have an exact time right now, but according to the Xbox in-game message Chapter 4 starts on December 4th. That means the earliest servers could come back online would be midnight ET / 9pm PT. I think it’s more likely that servers will go live in the middle of the night, around 3am ET / midnight PT. In other words: Servers will be live when you wake up tomorrow morning and download the new update.
Epic Games rarely announce the exact time for servers to come back online, and in the past they’ve made players wait for days between seasons. That doesn’t look to be the case here. If we get more solid times, I’ll update this post. If for some reason the game doesn’t come back online tomorrow, I’ll update this post. For now, your best bet is either staying up later or—if you’re wise—getting a good night’s sleep and jumping in tomorrow morning.
Right now I can’t even login to Fortnite and I’m apparently logged out of my Epic Game Store on my PC despite just playing the game! I’m getting login errors which I assume are related to the game update. Very weird. Anyways, more to come . . . .