Fortnite is down, and there is no way to play the game on live servers on any platforms.
This might come as a surprise to casual Fortnite fans who might not have been following the big build-up to the start of Season 11.
And it’s probably left a lot of people asking what happened to Fortnite today and where is Season 11?
The good news is that we know what has caused tonight’s Blackout, but unfortunately, we don’t know how long it might last.
WHAT HAPPENED TO FORTNITE TODAY?
For those that don’t follow the Tweets of data miners and keep a close eye on all the Easter eggs, you might be a bit baffled by the current state of the game.
As mentioned above, all Fortnite servers are down and have been replaced by a Black Hole.
The good news is that it isn’t just your account and it won’t last forever; Epic Games haven’t shut down Fortnite for good.
The bad news is we don’t know how long this will last and we can only predict when Fortnite Season 11 will begin.
The big news is that earlier today, Epic Games staged a live event on Fortnite servers that could be accessed by anyone.
There was plenty of forewarning from the dev team, who added a countdown into the game that confirmed when this event would be kicking off.
This live event was set to be the finale of Season 10 and included some serious fireworks. If you didn’t manage to get into a server in time, the big live event included a lot of explosions.
The Meteor, central to much of Fortnite Season 11, smashed into a vortex that was opened by a mass of missiles that arrived through newly opened rifts, caused by the Visitor’s Rocket. Got it?
All of the big events were set off by that Rocket Launch, which was part of the ongoing countdown to the event.
Following the blast in the sky caused by the Rocket, missiles circled the meteor, spinning through various rifts, before smashing into the ground below it.
This created some kind of vortex on the Island, which the meteor then slipped into and temporarily disappeared from the map. Players were then thrown into the air, without gravity pulling them down, following a different projectile smashing into the map and adding to the vortex effect.
This was followed by the return of the meteor through a rift just above the map, which slammed into the growing vortex, accompanied by several rockets.
Players were then blasted further away from the map before finally seeing everything sucked through the vortex, along with themselves.
This left in place a dark black hole in the middle of the screen, which is the image that now dominates the game’s login screen and social media platforms.
You can find it everywhere, and it confirms that the old map isn’t coming back. The only changes fans have noticed is the appearance of random numbers on the new Black Hole screen.
This code is currently being cracked and seems to link the game to a time loop. The good news is that while the game remains blank and unplayable tonight, things are expected to change soon.
Epic Games hasn’t confirmed when Season 11 will start, but fans are hoping that will happen later today, October 14. When everything does come back online, Fortnite gamers can expect to have a new map to explore.
There is also a very good chance that a full Season trailer will be released, alongside official patch notes and news regarding the Battle Pass. There may even be a surprise announcement concerning Fortnite Save the World. The PvE game is scheduled to go free-to-play like its Battle Royale counterpart in 2019.
And it appears that might happen with the launch of Season 11. It’s been noted that Save the World can no longer be bought from digital storefronts. And this could point to a big new launch for both Save the World and Fortnite Battle Royale later this week.