Fortnite Players who started the game this afternoon were confronted with a catastrophic showdown between a giant robot and a terribly big monster. The result was a Kaiju-inspired battle reminiscent of Pacific Rim with clear allusions to Voltron and other mecha cartoons and animes. It was exciting to watch live, even though I saw it on my iPhone screen, and not on the PlayStation 4 that I normally play on .
The event was in the pipeline for weeks, and developer Epic Games carried out the now-common trickle of clues and subtle revelations that curious players could use to craft the puzzle. There was the monster eye hidden in the frozen ice of the Polar Peak of the game. The owner broke up and started swimming around the island. When the robot was built inside the once-active but now dormant volcano of the map, the players realized what Epic was up to: a world-shaking showdown between the two titans.
The battle began at some distance when the robot fired missiles before closing the gap with a tackle that both flew over the map. Players who watched the event were able to buy one of two emotes, a pro-monster and a pro-robot emote, while Epic also created an in-game skin for the pink robot with a cat motif. This time, Epic has provided everyone with an unlimited jetpack to track the action from any angle. The weapons were disabled, so trolls could not spoil the fun of other players.
When the battle became a melee, the monster ripped off the robot's arm and seemed to be about to win. But for some element of the island force, the robot pulled a source ̵
The robot put it through the monster's skull and then shot to the sky, leaving the skeleton of the monster behind with creature the sword went through. It is now a fixture of the card in all game modes.
Epic has a long history of live events, from the rocket launch last June to subtle map changes and creative experiments in collective actions that let players influence , have a direct impact on the world. Since the rocket launch, there has been a live concert with electronic artist Marshmellow and a massive in-game poll that allowed players to effectively decide which popular item would be revived by a volcanic eruption after leaving the vault.
What used to be a season-ending affair that opened a new three-month season has turned into a constant stream of big and small changes that take place almost every week and typically culminate in a massive gathering like this one today watched. Epic has also said goodbye to events that focus solely on an object or action, like a missile launch, and is now making significant changes to the map during the active game, so that players experiencing a live event will be back in The depth can jump to a completely changed environment, no update required. We saw it today when the monster's skeleton and the robot's sword became part of the map where you can now fly over and fight.
It's a stunning technical achievement that keeps Epic and Fortnite at the forefront of online multiplayer gaming experiences. And it is still relatively unclear which end goal Epic has here. These live events are great global events that make the Battle Royale game much more than a kill-or-kill contest. it has a rich world and in-depth lore built up by Epic as well as Fortnite's fanbase. But the sheer technical sophistication shown in these events makes me believe that there is a lot more Epic has planned, not only for Fortnite but also for future games using the Unreal Developer Tools of the company develop technology. It's not hard to imagine the amazing experiences a massive multiplayer online game could offer with this kind of backend infrastructure, and the types of gameplay enabled on simulated, immersive worlds in the scale of Fortnite can be changed and edited in real time without you having to pause the software and install an update.
With the advent of cloud gaming on the horizon, it's an exciting time to see where this time of storytelling merging could be in the game with live events in just a few years. And, of course, helped build that future, one Mecha monster battle after another.