Since last Saturday’s strange events in the world of Fortnite, landmarks have slowly but surely been sucked into the temporal voids that have appeared across the map. In a strange twist, some of these have started appearing in the real world.
After disappearing late last week, the iconic Durrr Burger mascot that used to sit atop the burger joint in Greasy Grove has somehow ended up in the desert of all places. An unwitting photographer who was out on a run-of-the-mill scouting expedition came across the fateful meathead in the arid sands near Palmdale in California. Accompanied by an ominous sign stating ‘This site is unstable – Be aware of possible effects’, as well as a retro-style police car, the replica burger was a source of perplexity for the photographer.
Having posted his discovery on Twitter and Instagram, he was met with cries of indignation claiming the pictures were doctored and the fruit of an elaborate Photoshop rejig. To prove his shots were indeed real, he uploaded a video of the bizarre scene, promptly quashing any further hints of disbelief from curious internauts.
Looking closer at the pictures, the burger is a pretty faithful replication of the original in-game version. Unless this is an elaborate, and not to say expensive, ploy by some trolling fan of the battle royale game, we can safely presume Epic Games are behind the whole ruse. The developer has proven adept at teasing upcoming changes to the game and this latest discovery is in line with what we’ve come to expect.
Blurring the lines between reality and in-game happenings takes Epic’s remarkable hype-building and narrative prowess to new levels and nicely augurs the imminent start of Season 5 on July 12th. Indeed, starting with the meteor, the subsequent cover up, the appearance of the Visitor, and the recent missile launch, Fortnite’s lore is shaping up to be quite a heady affair with many twists and turns.
The whole space-time travel arc fits in with current speculation that Fortnite Season 5 heralds the introduction of historically-themed elements, backed up by the discovery of Western-themed in-game assets, an anchor from a bygone era, and now the game changing virtual-to-real-life movement of objects.
Only Epic knows what the hell is going on exactly. As for the rest of us, we’ll have to curb our excitement until next week when, hopefully, all will be revealed.