'Fortnite' New Leaky Lake: An Otherworldly In-Game Event Changed the Map

Fortnitemares is over.

The Fortnitemares are finally over in the world of Fortnite: Battle Royale after a totally bizarre, otherworldly in-game event led to the destruction of the big Purple Cube and a complete geographical overhaul for Leaky Lake. And it was way more epic than the Rocket Launch that cracked the sky open.

On Sunday, November 4 at 1 p.m. Eastern, a heavily advertised in-game event happened in the world of Fortnite. In the days leading up to the event, the Purple Cube that caused the Cube Monsters and various Corrupted Areas grew progressively more unstable, and that culminated in the Cube cracking, gaining more energy as it spun faster and faster, and then exploding in a burst of white light.

For any players that were active in a match while this happened, they were transported to some bizarre sub-dimension of glowing tubes, pulsing with energy similar to that of the Rift Portals. In the center was a white spire of energy, and all of the tubes branched out from there endlessly in all directions.

What was this bizarre sub-dimension in 'Fortnite'?

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Players were able to float in the air with limited mobility for a few minutes, unable to interact with each other or do much of anything. Eventually, crystals that resembled Rift Portals formed into a magical butterfly that flew around each player individually. They were granted a short cutscene of the player watching the butterfly intently before it landed on their finger.

When the butterfly and player touched, each player was instantly transported back into the match in an identical manner to traditional Rift Portals.

The weird Rift Portal Butterfly transported players back into reality.

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A residual explosion scattered energy from around Leaky Lake, but players in the active matches for the event found a totally new geographical setup for Leaky Lake. Now, it’s a series of medium-sized islands with a crater in the middle, water running through, and a bunch of charred rocks.

As the purple aura dissipated right after the explosion, a new golden aura emerged, almost as if there’s a protective rainbow over all of Leaky Lake now.

Things are looking much brighter in the world of 'Fortnite: Battle Royale' after Fortnitemares ended.

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So it’s starting to seem like the purple energy from the Purple Cube is evil and the blue energy from the Rift Portals and other supernatural phenomenon are good? These butterflies at the very least seemed good-natured, teleporting players out of what seemed like some version of the afterlife.

After the event concluded, a new set of “Lil’ Kev Challenges” also popped up in the in-game menu, finally acknowledging how the Fortnite player community named the Purple Cube Kevin. The Challenges are easy and straightforward, requiring that players complete 15 matches, gain 5,000 XP and outlive 500 opponents in multiple matches. Each Challenge awards 500 XP and completing all three gets a unique back bling that’s just a charred purple cube.

There’s no telling what greater impact this event might’ve had on the world of Fortnite: Battle Royale, but now that the Cube Monsters are gone and Fortnitemares over, things are already looking a lot brighter. Season 6 should end on or around December 5, so who knows what else might change between now and then.

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