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Friday ‘Nite: Four Burning Questions the Fortnite Season 2 Event Will Answer (And Two It Won’t)

Friday ‘Nite is a weekly Fortnite column in which Mark Delaney takes a closer look at current events in the wide world of Fortnite, with a special focus on the game’s plot, characters, and lore.

The Fortnite island is under duress more often than Peely’s driving instructor, and with a Fortnite Season 2 event looking likely, due to the massive Imagined Order-backed Doomsday device, it’s safe to say things are about to hit the ground running. to burst once. again. Fortnite live events have gotten more and more spectacular as the years have passed, and after such a story-focused season, this upcoming event looks set to be one of the biggest and most important events in history thus far. . Naturally, this event is sure to introduce new mysteries to the greater Fortnite universe, but it also looks set to answer some lingering questions.

Then again, there are other things that I’m sure this event won’t answer yet. Here are four questions that the Fortnite event will answer, as well as a couple others that will almost certainly be postponed for at least another season.

Where has The Paradigm been?

The last we saw of The Paradigm, The Seven’s long-lost mecha pilot, was flying Mecha Team Leader to an unknown destination. A new lobby background now displayed in-game reveals that the robot has been rescued, at least in part, in a mysterious landscape. spoiler warning: According to data mined leaks, this location is a moon in the world of Fortnite. Not our moon, but perhaps the home of The Seven, which would make the Island Sanctuary exactly that, an oceanfront beach house for the group of heroes. (end of spoilers)

It looks like we’ll find out that The Paradigm had been sidelined by The Origin, who felt he betrayed the group based on story threads already seen this season, and was left in this mysterious landscape. The event itself may confirm this suspicion and hopefully give us even more details about what this alien world is like.

Are the Seven really all working together?

The Origin’s confidence seems easy to lose, as we now know The Paradigm found out firsthand in Chapter 1 Season 9. But the group has felt fractured throughout the season. The Imagined has been on her own agenda, seemingly hell-bent on learning more about her own mysterious past, which she herself can’t remember. She recruited, or perhaps received unsolicited help from her twin sister, The Order, who appears to have successfully extracted The Imagined’s data file from the IO servers. But will the sisters’ slipping away only cause a further rift in The Seven?

The Origin doesn’t seem to like it when their allies act unpredictably or one-sidedly, and even if he were to forgive the sisters for their stealthy routine, what’s the big secret they may have found, and how will it affect group cohesion in the future? Lately, The Seven has felt more like The Four or Five, but in order to topple the IO, they’ll all need to move towards the same goal. I look forward to seeing you band together and save the day as a whole unit for the first time in the game.

The Origin’s trust seems hard to win and easy to lose.

What is the Collider?

If you jumped into Fortnite this week, you probably noticed the Collider north of Tilted Towers. It’s a bit hard to miss, given that it’s gigantic, constantly emitting strange noises, and occasionally pulsating with a strange glowing energy. This is the IO Doomsday Device we’ve heard so much about, but we still don’t know what IO’s plans are for it. This device will undoubtedly be a major factor in the final event, so I have no doubt that we will see than it does.

What intrigues me the most is if it is actually the same device as Midas’ strange tidal wave-creating machine seen in Chapter 2 Season 2. As far as we know, Midas is the leader of GHOST, a special ops unit within of the IO. That should means that he was acting on behalf of the IO when he first picked up his Device, which turned out to be faulty, in Chapter 2 Season 2. But is this new device, which shares some visual similarities but also looks quite different, the same? ?

One reason to suspect that they are related, and perhaps the Midas Device was a prototype, is that the Midas Device manipulated the Storm and the waters surrounding the island. In this week’s game, the collider appears to suck up water from nearby riverbeds. It may be that this machine continues draining the waters until the island has no internal water bodies left. Is this the hydroelectric cost of powering this new machine, or were they both calibrated to use water as a power source, and maybe just this time the IO got it right? I hope that what the Collider does will reveal whether we should think of these devices as the same things or not.

Why is Peely taking driving lessons?

It’s not as big a deal as the carousel of existential threats perpetually creeping to and around the island, but one subplot that fans have been following this season is Peely’s ill-fated effort to learn to drive. For the past few weeks, the anthropomorphic banana has been found crashing vehicles all over the island. Dialogue tells us that he’s struggling to get used to being behind the wheel, but is this story a fun sideshow, or will Peely be operating any critical vehicles at the event?

If Peely shows up at the event, seek him out so he can finally master the art of driving. If he doesn’t show up at all, then it’s safe to say this has all been a silly distraction, or maybe he’s just in a ditch somewhere.

Some Fortnite superfans think they have it figured out. speaking to ben walker from Top5Games on YouTube, told me that it’s very likely that what we’re seeing is the return of Truckasaurus, a landmark of the game last seen in Chapter 2, which was basically a Voltron-like machine made of crushed vehicles. It may be that Peely is more skilled at driving than we thought, and his crashes are more like…a weird way of building things.

Who is Gene?

Over the past few seasons, we’ve been able to meet many of the people behind the names we’ve been hearing about for a while in Fortnite. The Seven, the Ultimate Reality, the sisters, and more are just a few of these reveals. But we haven’t met Geno yet, who was first mentioned at the beginning of Chapter 2 Season 6 when The Foundation named this mystery character.

Today, Geno’s identity is one of the biggest persistent mysteries in the game, but it’s for that reason that I don’t expect to see him rotated just yet. I anticipate this could continue through Chapter 4, which at this point is expected to start in late fall 2023.

The Seven drove the IO out of all the battlefronts, but was it all a distraction so the IO could build the collider?
The Seven drove the IO out of all the battlefronts, but was it all a distraction so the IO could build the collider?

Some fans have speculated that Geno is the true leader of IO, the father of the sisters, or perhaps even Storm itself. Fortnite is so unpredictable that even all of this could be true and most fans wouldn’t bat an eye. In any case, don’t expect this question to be answered at the end of this season.

How did Slone disable the build?

One of the big oddities of Chapter 3 has been the reveal that the game’s building mechanics factor into the story. This is true enough that Slone was able to disable the build mechanic in an effort to leave Loopers more vulnerable when the IO regained power on the island. Epic is no stranger to rationalizing in-universe reasons for what should be nothing more than game mechanics – remember, the “loop” itself is a justification for playing rounds and rounds of Fortnite.

So it was weird when Slone basically shut down the build with the click of a button while the Resistance struggled to restore it for the next two weeks. When will Epic explain how this works in-universe? Maybe never, but at least not soon, I think. It just doesn’t seem to have room in an already packed ending that will likely include the return of The Paradigm and Mecha Team Leader, as well as a particle collider that destroys space rocks. *looks at clock* Yeah, it’s time for Fortnite to be weird again.

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