Tomato Town has been destroyed in the present-day Fortnite: Battle Royale island, replaced by a new named location called Tomato Temple. Buckle up because this little event has huge implications for the space-time continuum in the world of Fortnite.
Developer Epic Games rolled out the Fortnite version 5.30 update on Thursday morning, and this big change was somehow part of it. Where Tomato Town once stood is now Tomato Temple, and it’s mostly just a massive stone temple done in the Mayan style — except instead of worshipping astronomy or nature, the temple’s builders worshipped a tomato. But why?
In early July, a rift portal swallowed the huge red tomato that used to sit atop the main building in Tomato Town. Then earlier this week, a smaller stone tomato appeared in its spot. So what happened?
Forbes has a great and probably correct theory tied to all this weird stuff: The rift portal sent the red tomato back in time, and the Mayans built a temple to worship their new tomato god. The update is just the timeline catching up to itself in the present day.
This primo Doctor Who timey wimey nonsense might seem really cool, but it could also mean that these rift portals are getting more unstable — and dangerous. If the portals can mess with space-time on such a scale, then who knows what could happen in the next month before Season 5 ends?
What’s interesting is that last month, fans were in a frenzy because they saw what they thought was a pyramid forming under Loot Lake, and they all assumed it was only a matter of time before the pyramid rose out of the water to make a new location. But much like how everyone once thought Tilted Towers would get hit by a meteor and then Dusty Depot took the hit, they were a few squares off. Or maybe they weren’t? Maybe the end of Season 5 will see the entire island plunged far into the past, just like in Lost?
We’ve got about a month before we know for sure.
Fortnite: Battle Royale Season 5 will end sometime around Monday, September 24, 2018.