Epic Games really knows how to catch its fans’ attention.
On Sunday, Oct. 13, during a live in-game event that was being held to mark the end of the game’s 10th season, a meteor suddenly appeared out of nowhere and destroyed all of Fortnite, leaving gamers stranded and literally in the dark.
The freaking out really began—mostly via social media—when the game did not immediately come back online. In fact, on Monday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. PT, the game was still down and a live feed of what’s left of Battle Island—a black hole—was up on the game’s Twitter feed with thousands of people following.
But the Monday leak of a new trailer for Chapter 2 of the world’s most popular game reassured players that Fortnite isn’t ending, just changing as it prepares for a new iteration. Among the new features appear to be swimming, fishing, boating and generally more time in and on the water. In the previous ten chapters, players could only walk slowly under water.
Some 250 million people play Fortnite, which also has become one of teens’ preferred social platforms, and it raked in $2.4 billion for Epic Games last year. The in-game world-ending event is largely seen as a brilliant marketing stunt, designed to capture fans’ attention, and it certainly succeeded on that front.
Update: Fortnite Chapter 2 was back online on Tuesday with the game available to be downloaded on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS and Android.
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