Fortnite simply wrapped up its most up-to-date large-scale reside occasion, and it was an odd one — even by Fortnite requirements. The occasion, dubbed “Fracture,” was meant as a sendoff for Fortnite Chapter 3, and now that it’s over, the sport is down forward of the launch of the following chapter on December 4th, which is able to introduce not solely a brand new island, however characters just like the witcher himself, Geralt of Rivia.
Earlier than issues kicked off, gamers have been cut up into teams, hanging out on tiny floating islands with little to do however watch a countdown displayed on a TV display screen. (My trio of gamers all sat round roasting marshmallows collectively.) That was adopted by a cutscene by which The Herald, a comparatively new Fortnite character, led an assault of tornadoes, and after slightly little bit of preventing, a big chrome model of her appeared, someway leading to all the island exploding into many, many items.
Following that, gamers discovered themselves floating amongst particles in house, whereas being instructed that “house is gone” proper earlier than the Zero Level — a type of superpowered power supply in Fortnite lore — lassoed collectively a bunch of fragments of the destroyed island in addition to gamers. From there, everybody needed to work collectively to gather power orbs to energy the Zero Level for causes that weren’t fairly clear.
Whereas previous Fortnite occasions have been heavy on motion, whether or not it was a battle in opposition to Galactus or an explosive alien invasion, this one was slightly extra subdued. At occasions it felt like busywork. With a purpose to energy up the Zero Level, gamers needed to carry out easy duties like constructing a snowman or discovering matching objects to gather power. They might additionally relive transient flashbacks from previous occasions — just like the mech vs. kaiju battle or the rolling dice — and discuss to a couple NPCs for primary quests. Because the portal powered itself up, extra fragments of the destroyed island would seem.
As soon as the Zero Level was powered up, the occasion shifted to a different cutscene, by which Paradigm — a Fortnite character performed by Brie Larson — appeared to supervise a brand new island being fashioned.
The entire thing lasted round 45 minutes, and it lacked the joys of previous occasions. (Nevertheless, similar to its predecessors, it made completely no sense until you’re plugged into Fortnite’s ongoing narrative.) At present, gamers logging in can’t do a lot however stare at a loading display screen with a glimpse of the brand new island within the background. However that received’t final for lengthy: Chapter 4 is because of launch on December 4th, and the splash display screen reveals off quite a lot of new characters which can be coming, most notably the Doom Slayer and Geralt. The artwork additionally teases the introduction of filth bikes.