Fortnite’s explosive alien occasion noticed the return of Kevin the dice

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The newest stay Fortnite occasion noticed the return of a well-known good friend, with an explosion-filled spectacle involving aliens, cubes, and plenty of unusual bits of lore. And now that it’s over, the sport is down within the lead-up to season 8.

Earlier than the occasion began, gamers have been in a position to hang around in a type of holding pen, positioned on some chunks of farmland floating above the island. They have been greeted by the booming voice of Physician Slone — the principle protagonist, or presumably antagonist, of this season — who warned “the aliens are about to begin their largest abduction but.” In my occasion of the sport, everybody jumped on prime of the identical grain silo and danced for 20 minutes earlier than the occasion truly kicked off.

When that occurred, gamers have been initially sucked onto the large alien mothership that has floated above the island all season lengthy, and have been in a position to truly discover it, operating down lengthy pink and purple sci-fi hallways collectively whereas following Slone’s orders. The purpose, based on Slone, was to make use of some fancy backpacks to arm explosives that will take down the ship for good.

Issues, in fact, didn’t go precisely as deliberate, and finally gamers have been shut in a room with fan-favorite character Kevin, the large dice that rolled round Fortnite’s island in 2018. The dice began out a well-known shiny pink and purple, earlier than finally going darkish for a short interval — at which level Slone made it clear this might be a suicide mission. Gamers have been then in a position to commune with Kevin; he turned a contented shade of blue earlier than creating an escape route. Finally, everybody was delivered to an enormous room stuffed with plenty of large cubes, revealing that Kev isn’t alone within the universe.

That’s when all the things exploded in a scene ripped proper out of Independence Day, and items of the alien ship — cubes included — fell in the direction of the island. As with previous stay occasions, gamers couldn’t actually have an effect on what occurred. It was extra of a strange-yet-fun rollercoaster, with thousands and thousands alongside for the trip. The expertise most intently resembled Fortnite’s very first single-player mission, which kicked off season 6.

In case you don’t play Fortnite, that was just a few hundred phrases of gibberish, however for many who are invested within the unusual world, the alien occasion was one more instance of Epic’s more and more expansive narrative ambitions. The occasion ended with a timer, which is now counting down the minutes to season 8 — which begins tomorrow, September thirteenth. Till then, Fortnite is down and unplayable.