After weeks of teasing them and even making a large space rock visible in the in-game sky, it looks like meteors are finally crashing to earth in Fortnite: Battle Royale. Still, the question remains: Why?
The above clip from Twitter user Gustavo Andres is one of several we've seen pop up recently highlighting an impressive celestial event happening within Fortnite: Battle Royale. In the clip, we get a look at a meteor smashing into a building in Tilted Towers before plowing through the structure and finally into the ground below. We've seen other clips of meteors simply smashing into the dirt, as well as turning in-game trees into kindling. So far we haven't seen reports of players actually getting hit by the meteors, but we figure it's only a matter of time before those videos start making the rounds.
So, what, exactly, is going on?
Well, shortly after the start of the third in-game season for Battle Royale, players started noticing a large meteor hovering in the sky above the game's 100-player map. The team at Epic had made a lot of changes to the game's map recently, but the fact that the third season's content was space-themed made this meteor seem all the more important.
That, of course, kicked off oodles of speculation. Some suggested that the comet's arrival meant that some sort of alien-based content was on the way, while others imagined it was just Epic's fun way of doing away with Tilted Towers with an in-game event. Some folks feel that Tilted Towers is throwing off the game's flow, as many players like to land there due to its dense collection of multi-floor buildings. So, if you're going to get rid of it, why not drop a meteor on it first?
Next thing you know, controllers started vibrating with what some folks claimed was an SOS from the Tilted Tower location. Still, through all of this, Epic has remained tight-lipped about the meteor.
Most recently the team released a teaser image for the upcoming fourth season of Battle Royale that many think hints at a superhero theme. Others, though, believe it references alien technology entering the playing field. Either way, the image definitely has an artistic flair that appears to be a comet racing toward the ground.
So, after all of that, now we've got actual meteors crashing into the map, causing damage wherever they land. This isn't massive damage, mind you, and it seems to happen very rarely, but perhaps the activity will ramp up to something bigger as the fourth season approaches.
Until Epic finally lets the cat out of the bag on this one, all we can do is look to the sky and wait to see what happens next.