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14 October 2019 19:08

Free-to-play shooting game Fortnite is down and has been replaced with a 'black hole' by developers.

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The Season 10 finale has brought about the end of Fortnite as we know it after the map was sucked into a singularity. The Fortnite social media accounts have been dark since last night and the game was even deleted from Epic Games' Twitter banner. It's not clear when or if Fortnite will be going live again, so make sure you keep up with all the updates here. The Italian App Store appeared to leak a new game, Fortnite: Chapter 2, which would make sense given the rumours that Fortnite will exit its early access period once downtime has ended. There's also the fact that the developers have previously announced that the new season of Fortnite will have better matchmaking and will introduce bots to help ease in new players.

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It's unlikely that they posted these proposed updates for shits and giggles, so watch this space. Fortnite: map changes, rumours and more Various numbers have streamed out of the singularity and some dataminers believe they're part of an encoded message from The Visitor. He left several cryptic messages lying around at the end of Season 10, so it makes sense that he'd try to send a message through time and space to warn The Seven – or us. Dataminer Hypex has found what looks to be an entirely new map or island, with 12 new named locations to explore. *Reminder* Here are some leaked POIs names from 10.30..

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(they are most likely for a new season 11 map!) Beachy Bluffs Mountain Meadows — HYPEX – Fortnite Leaks & News (@HYPEX) October 4, 2019 It looks like we'll either be leaving the Battle Royale island for pastures new, or you'll be returning to the current island with an entirely new map. It's difficult to say right now what will happen with the supermassive black hole because I'm neither a scientist nor a game developer, but we'll keep you right. The Seven have been referenced now and again and the Fortnite Reddit Community seems convinced that The Visitor and Scientist are two of the Seven, who go around opening up rifts. The transcripted version of The Visitor's recording suggests that they were trying to build a connection between an Island and some unknown location. There were also hints earlier in the season that Fortnite Battle Royale is about to end its early access period, which will shake things up a bit.

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We're not sure if there will be a different kind of Battle Pass or paid element this season, but it'll all become clear soon. This weekend, the unthinkable happened – Fortnite died. The whole map, the entire game, even the game's social networks have been completely annihilated – leaving nothing but the void of space and an eerie black hole at the centre. Nevertheless, the most important thing remains – being able to shoot a giant burger. As tweeted out by Fortnite News, there's a secret minigame hidden on the black hole screen in the game – which is currently the entire game, of course. You can access the arcade-like game by putting in the famous Konami code, at which point you're presented with the only part of Fortnite that can still be played. If you don't know, the Konami code is p, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start – or Enter, if you're playing with mouse and keyboard. You'll be presented with a simple shooter, except played with icons from Fortnite's fast food franchises – Pizza Pit and Durr Burger. You play as a pizza slice attempting to destroy a giant burger, and we can't believe we just wrote that sentence. The minigame is in the style of a classic arcade space shooter, such as Galaga. At first little burgers fall from the top, which you simply blast with your pizza slice to explode in a splat of ketchup and mustard. Finally a giant Durr burger boss enters, who fires little pineapple-like rockets at you. If you do the Konami code, you can play a minigame while you wait. UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, B/O, A/X, START/ENTER pic.twitter.com/nJy7ILHBnv — Fortnite News (@FortniteBR) October 13, 2019 You can carry on playing from that point to get a better high score, but you won't meet anything new after you've killed the first boss. It's certainly cute, and something to play in the meantime while you wait for Fortnite season 2 to begin. Season 11 was due to start yesterday, instead Fortnite blew up – literally. When the game comes back, we expect to see a brand new map – and maybe even boats, at last. Free-to-play shooting game Fortnite is down and has been replaced with a 'black hole' by developers. Gamers have been unable to play for the popular first-person shooter since last night. Fortnite's owners - Epic Games - reportedly created the black hole to mark the end of the game's 10th season. A countdown timer had appeared on Fortnite's map in the run up to the game closing. Fortnite has deleted all tweets from its Twitter account and replaced them with a live stream of the black hole - which was being watched by 17,000 people this morning. Gamers who were playing Fortnite at the time of the black hole saw an in-game meteor shower, which destroyed the map. Their screens then simply showed a black hole in the sky. Fortnite is a free-to-play shooting game, which allows up to 100 players to take each other on in a Battle Royale format. The game is popular with teenagers. Will Fortnite be back online? Gaming journalists suspect the black hole is just a way to hype up the soon-to-be-released 11th Fortnite season. Fortnite's creators, Epic, earn a reported $300m a month from the game, so it's highly unlikely it will be gone for long. Epic has used similar tactics to mark the end of previous Fortnite seasons. As the Guardian's Josh Taylor explains, Epic ended season seven with earthquakes creating cracks in the map's landscape, which eventually formed a volcano, which erupted to signal the start of the eighth season. Forbes claims the black hole will mark the launch of 'Fortnite Chapter 2' - which is set to be a bigger change than a simply switch to an 11th season. Fans speculate 'Chapter 2' will start in space.

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