No, but seriously kids are losing it and it’s all Fortnite’s fault.
The Fortnite map mysteriously plunged into darkness as the world-famous video game was all set to air its season 10 live event over the weekend. We actually mean that – all players could see was some menacing ‘black hole’, leaving them unable to play the game.
And that’s still all they can see. Take a look at the livestream.
Actually, that’s a lie. A set of numbers have apparently faded in and out around the ‘black hole’, but no one can seem to figure out what they mean (if anything). The numbers 11, 146, 15, 62, 87, 14, 106, 2, 150 and 69 have been spotted. Shrug emoji.
Now, this is probably all just part of some elaborate launch plan for Fortnite Chapter 2, but it seems to have backfired somewhat as fans are now panicking that their skins (graphics which can be used to change how a character looks in the game, if you’re old like me) may have plunged into that ‘black hole’ in the process.
To add to the panic, the developer, Epic Games, has deleted every single tweet from the Fortnite Twitter account.
While some are doing their best to stay calm, it seems kids across the world have been hit the hardest by the ‘Fortnite Blackout’, with some describing the incident as “the end of the world”.
It’s safe to say the younguns aren’t happy.
One mum told the Mirror Online: “My 10-year-old saves up for the new season to come out so today very excited, couldn’t wait to purchase Fortnite 10, then to be horrified, crying his heart out, lost his money, and he saves hard to buy skins.
“It’s the end of the world for him as he knows it.”
Naturally, many Fortnite fans have turned to Twitter to suitably freak right the f*ck out. Here are some of our faves.
This one’s a bit mean, but I bet you’ll laugh.
PlayStation has recently reassured customers that any items bought in the game are safe during the ‘blackout’.
They tweeted: “Please be assured that your inventory items and V-Bucks are secure during the Fortnite Blackout”.
For now, the ‘blackout’ remains.
Kids, maybe go outside or something – just to check the world’s not ending.
Images via Fortnite/Twitter
Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens.