Tomorrow, Fortnite is having its second “rocket launch” event, a one time-only in-game event that will do…something that will change the map and the game going forward. It’s at 1 PM ET tomorrow, and like the rocket launch, players will have to gather around in the game to see what’s going to happen.

Given that cracks have been forming in the Cube over Leaky Lake for at least a week now, it seems likely that the Cube is going to blow up. Given that leaked sound files are labelled “butterfly,” a code word for the event, it seems likely that something is going to emerge from inside the Cube itself, which may have been a sort of chrysalis this entire time.

Unlike during the rocket launch, this time around we now have a permanent Playground mode in the game. In theory, this should be the safest place to watch the event from, given that you are in your own instance without relying on other players to be chill and not shoot you. This is how I was planning to watch, certainly.

But you can’t, as Epic has just announced.

Even though this is an event that will happen simultaneously across all games and platforms, it will not happen live in Playground mode, which Epic spells out:

“To clarify, one of our Player Support Team members misspoke in this case. The ‘Playground LTM’ will not be a playlist where you could experience this in-game event. We’ve taken steps to make sure that this is clear in the lobby.

See you Sunday!”


This was not tweeted from the main Fortnite account, just a support account, so I am guessing that there are potentially millions of players who don’t realize this, who may be hopping into Playground mode to view the event, and they’re going to be very disappointed when they do.

So, you’re going to have to either pop into a game and risk being killed be some idiot (the solo kill record was set during the rocket launch when someone destroyed a platform containing about 50 people trying to watch the rocket launch), or your best option may be to squad up or play 50v50 so you at least have some bodyguards in tow. I will try to watch in game, but I’m also probably going to have say, Ninja’s stream open to watch it from his perspective as well, as I doubt that someone will kill him right as this is about to happen. That’s what I did for the rocket launch, and it worked out fine.

Even though we may think we know what’s going on with the Cube tomorrow, it hatching something, we should recall that exactly zero people, leaks and all, predicted what was going to happen with the rocket launch and all its crazy trajectories and rifts and the sky crack (a sky crack which eventually spawned the Cube). It is kind of crazy that we are still living out a “storyline” that began with a comet in season 3, and here in season 6 we now have the endpoint of comet > Visitor > rocket launch > sky crack > Cube spawn > Cube island and runes. It’s taken the better part of a year to get here, and now it’s all coming to a head.  Or just a new chapter is starting, who knows.

Get a good vantage point for tomorrow, just make sure it’s not in Playground mode.

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