Fortnite rocket launch leaves tear in the sky

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Fortnite’s countdown timer hit zero on Saturday, triggering a rocket launch which left a tear in the game’s virtual sky. 

The countdown timer appeared on TV screens across the map roughly two weeks ago, leading to feverish speculation about the in-game event which it teased. And at 6.30pm BST on Saturday June 30, the rocket (which some Fortnite players had found) launched from the evil lair in Anarchy Acres, and trained its lasers on Titled Towers. But it hit some sort of invisible shield or portal, spun out of control and created a rip in Fortnite’s sky.

The rocket launch is widely believed to be a precursor to the game’s Season 5, which is scheduled to begin on 12 July.

Meanwhile, Epic Games still hasn’t managed to resolve the issues surrounding the Playground LTM mode which briefly launched last week before being taken down. The company tweeted on Friday 29 June: “We’re still unable to resolve issues preventing the launch of the Playground LTM. We are holding the release until next week to continue hammering away this weekend. We’re sorry we haven’t been able to get you in the LTM, and we know waiting is the worst.”

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Steve Boxer
Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.