The rocket that had been counting down in Fortnite launched at 1:30 PM Eastern last Saturday. The exact details of what happened are somewhat sketchy, but the end result is a strange tear in the game’s sky, which is rarely a good sign.
On June 12, the day the Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite launched, in-game televisions on the Switch version started broadcasting a countdown in an ominous red. Shortly after, other versions of the game starting showing a picture of a skull on the TVs. Overall consensus was that this was linked to a rocket inside a super-villain lair just west of Snobby Shores.
Last Saturday, players stopped battling each other to view the launch of the rocket. Players watched as the rocket rose into the sky, and then the rocket suddenly tilted as a pod shot out of its side. When the rocket reached the peak of its flight and began falling toward the ground, it made some strange space-y noises and shot a red laser at the ground. Just before impact, the rocket teleported out of existence. It then teleports back in and flies parallel along the ground for some time before disappearing again. Finally, after some charge-up from one last portal, the rocket shoots out into the sky before exploding and leaving cracks in the sky.
This video from Polygon gives a good view of the entire event:
What does this all mean? Like the meteors that came before it, the rocket launch could be related to the start of a new season. The 4th Season of Fortnite is slated to end July 9, and the next one will start July 12. Whether we’ll get aliens, time travelers, or mind-melting eldritch horrors, we’ll have just under two weeks of speculation until the answer is revealed, and a lot of strange things can happen in that period of time.