If you play Fortnite now, you might be abducted by aliens

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When you jump into a game Fortnite at this point, you can be teleported across the map by a mysterious laser beam that appears from the sky.

Yes, serious. see it happen in this video from streamer Ali “SypherPK” Hassan, which I’ve also timestamped below at the correct timestamp.

While it’s hard to say exactly where the laser beam is coming from, it’s hard to think it’s not coming from some sort of UFO or alien… thing.

The kidnappings started in Fortnite Tuesday evening, exactly one week before the next season of the competition starts on June 8. And a few other hints seem to indicate that Chapter 2 Season 7 may also have an alien theme in some way.

Checking out this video teaser that’s apparently on TikTok, for example, with the tagline “they’re coming” and mysterious alien sounds (headphones warning, the sound is a bit loud):

And you can see an image similar to what’s in that TikTok ad Epic Games’ Fortnite website:

It’s also not uncommon for Epic to change things up at the end of a season. In May 2019, a volcano erupted, destroying Tilted Towers, one of the most beloved places on the map. And last June, a mysterious device blew up the island’s central landmark, turning the ever-present storm into a wall of water.

So far, these new kidnappings don’t seem to have quite the map-shifting impact those changes had — but with a few days left in the season, who knows what else Epic has in store?