Fortnite has been mysteriously down and unplayable for a week now, leaving gamers wondering if all of these are just a prelude to the upcoming Season 11 or has the game totally stopped working. Fortunately, details uncovered during Season 10’s The End event somewhat reveals that the game will soon return.
Fortnite Season 10 ended exactly a week ago on Sunday. The explosive season-ender currently shows nothing more than a black hole, rendering the game unplayable since then.
The End event was supposedly meant to launch Season 11. As Fortnite is one of the most widely played video games, over six million people watched the game’s live stream. Even four hours after the game had gone down, about 50,000 people were still actively watching the game’s live stream of the black hole on YouTube; another 100,000 were watching on Twitch.
Like in season 4, the event started off with a rocket launching into the sky and exploding to create rifts. Like in the earlier event, the rocket went out of one rift into another. This time, however, there were several more rockets. The spacecraft then flew around into multiple rifts again and again until they all entered one final rift.
However, in Season 10’s explosion, a rocket on the island where Fortnite is set blew up the landscape in the game and apparently dragged all of the players into a black hole along with the entire game altogether, leaving nothing but a mostly dark screen and a spinning black hole.
Some say that the black hole is a creative way to keep users interested while the game goes through needed server maintenance to turn an intentional outage into a plot point. It is unclear how long the outage will last.
A statement from PlayStation on Twitter assured players that the digital money and “inventory” they have on the game would not be lost as a result of the blackout.
After the Fortnite outage, some users also complained they could no longer log in to play any other games from Epic, either. Epic confirmed on Twitter that it’s game launcher was down, but said shortly afterward it had returned to normal.
On the other hand, if you look through Fortnite’s official social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram, and its website for more details, it only shows the black hole. It has also deleted all of the more than 12,000 tweets on the Fortnite Twitter account, aside from the link to the stream of the black hole. Even Fortnite’s YouTube channel has a Livestream of the event that shows the explosions and is currently streaming just the singularity.
Some keen Fortnite players have speculated the live stream and said that there were numbers displayed throughout. So far, the numbers are: 11, 146, 15, 62, 87, 14, 106, 2 and 150.
Some have even tried to decipher these mystical digits and come up with their own season 11 theories. Some Fortnite data miners speculated something might happen at 5:07 p.m. ET/ 2:07 p.m. PT. One person entered the numbers in Google maps and it appears to be a location of some sort of “crab rave.”
Another set of numbers appeared near the singularity: 11, 146, 15, 62, 87, 14, 106, 2, 150, 69, 146, 15, 36, 2, 172, 8, 160, and 65. In the Fortnite season 10 Overtime challenges, players had to gather a set of recordings from The Visitor, the antagonist of Fortnite. Using the numbers as a guide, the corresponding words in the monologue from the character make the phrase “I was not alone. Others were outside the Loop. This was not calculated. The moment is now inevitable.”
As of the time of writing, Fortnite has not released a statement when the actual game will return. Users can only rely on the fact that the game was initially released information regarding the new season before the Season 10 The End event.