Popular video game Fortnite has gone dark, and users aren’t sure how to feel about it.
This past Sunday, at around 2 p.m., fans were shocked, angry, and confused after the game suddenly went dark. When people logged on to play the game, there was nothing but a black hole. According to reports, it appears to be a publicity stunt, but fans want to know when they can start playing the game again.
The video game has been on an endless rise, as millions of players are dropped on an island where they fight to be the last person standing. This time around, the ending of the game’s 10th season included a meteor destroying the island, and all that was left was a black hole with no playing field left for users. Aiden Nesmith and his dad, Tim, have been playing Fortnite for two years.
“It is like the stages of grief. I think he went through them now, and just like, he’s realizing that it’s just a game,” Tim said. According to Fortnite, “Battle Royale raked in more than $2 billion last year, with 250 million people worldwide playing the game. It’s a shooting game where players, connected from around the world, are dropped on an island where they fight to be the last man or woman standing.”
CBS reports that the game has been compared to be as addicting as cocaine and tobacco by some parents. The game itself is free, but users can purchase dance moves and accessories like costumes.
“They would like to hold on to their massive revenue as long as possible,” Wired editor-in-chief Nick Thompson said. He added this could be a tactic to draw more people in. “This is a genius PR stunt. It’s got everybody talking about it. And whenever season 11 comes, a whole lot of people are going to be paying attention who weren’t paying attention before,” Thompson said. For now, there is no word on what the company has in store, or when the game will go back to regular gameplay.