The colossal rift in the sky above Fortnite’s map is no more and instead has been replaced by an entirely new, yet equally bizarre, oddity; a humming cuboid.
Speculation over an imminent Fortnite event has been rife for the past few weeks as players observed the rift reducing slowly but surely in size. Things intensified this week as purple lighting bolts erupted from the rift landing at various locations across the map, before striking the map at regular intervals, targeting cacti perched atop a specific ridged hillock near Paradise Palms. That is until early Saturday when a frantic 20 second burst of lighting roused a purple cube seemingly out of thin air.
It ain’t no regular cube though. Reminiscent of a prop pulled directly from an Atlas station in No Man’s Sky, peering into it reveals a world within of whirling mystic and strange runes when hit. Emitting a low hum, the cube gradually recharges the shield of any player in proximity and produces a satisfying bounce if you frolic about on top of it. However, fire at or hit it one too many times and you’ll be promptly propelled into the air resulting in serious damage, or worse.
Other changes are afoot in Fortnite too. Among the multiple items that disappeared in the lead up to Season 5, many are returning to their rightful place, notably the tomato head mascot, which seems to have dragged along a Mesoamerican ruin along with it from its trip through the time-space continuum shifting rift.
With recent events, we can safely assume Season 6 is primed to start very soon. Exactly what Epic Games have cooked up this time as the next chapter in its long-running map-mix-up saga is hard to say. All will be revealed soon enough.
In other Fortnite news, a recent development update revealed Epic are eager to revamp their matchmaking system to ensure equal footing for all players, specifically when it comes to input devices.
As such, a future update will implement input based matchmaking. The system will automatically link players with others using a similar device setup. As an example, Epic said ‘If anyone in your party uses a mouse and keyboard on console, you will be match-made with PC players and other KB+M players (as if you partied up with a PC player)’. While those playing with controllers will only join games with others utilizing controllers. Simples.