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The creators of “Fortnite: Battle Royale” are known for keeping players on their toes with weekly — and sometimes daily — additions to the game, including new items, limited-time game modes, and fun and interesting challenges.
In lieu of simply announcing what the newest addition to the game will be, the developers will often leave cryptic hints and easter eggs scattered across the island (or in the game’s code) for the most dedicated fans to decode ahead of time.
In Fortnite, there is no more hotly-anticipated change than the transitioning of Seasons, which brings a new theme to the game’s Battle Pass, and often many cosmetic changes to the map. For example, in the days leading up to the beginning of Season 4, the game hinted that a meteor shower would change the island forever. When the meteor did hit, it caused a large crater in the enter of the map, turning Dusty Depot into the craterous Dusty Divot.
Now, Season 5 is only three days away and Epic Games’ clues are only getting weirder and more mysterious. In addition to the in-game easter eggs that we’ve come to expect from Epic, hints toward the future of the game have also started to appear in the real world.
Here’s an overview of all the biggest changes to Fortnite ahead of Season 5:
Two weekends ago, a one-time in-game event featured a rocket launch and rifts in the space-time continuum, and nothing has been the same on the island since.
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The huge rocket embedded into the side of the mountain just northeast of Snobby Shores — which many, including this reporter, previously believed to be a missile — launched into the sky last Saturday, and nearly obliterated Tilted Towers before a crack in the space-time continuum swallowed it up.
After traveling in and out through a few more inter-dimensional “rifts,” the rocket eventually careened into an invisible dome above the center of the map, causing a large crack to form in the sky. The sun rose shortly afterward, and the rocket was gone.
You can watch a full cinematic-style recording of the launch, recorded and edited by YouTube filmmaker Enzait Films here:
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Since the launch, rifts have been spotted all over the map, and a few of the map’s landmarks have disappeared through them.
One player managed to capture a video of the goofy-faced burger sign disappearing into a rift from atop the Durr Burger restraunt:
The signs welcoming players to Lonely Lodge and the motel in Anarchy Acres have also mysteriously disappeared in the same way since the rocket launch.
Then, a landmark from the game resurfaced…in the real world.
On Friday last week, a photographer from Los Angeles spotted the Durr Burger statue in the California desert.
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