'Fortnite' Season 11 leaks reveal a map-changing apocalypse

It's the end of the world as we know it.

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We know for sure that some catastrophic event will hit the world of Fortnite: Battle Royale on October 13, but that’s typical for the game whenever one season ends and another begins. There’s new evidence, however, that this event capping the monumental tenth season just might result in “The End” of everything before Fortnite Season 11 starts a few days later.

Donald Mustard, the creative director behind Fortnite, has a history of teasing these in-game events via his Twitter location (a strange way to spoil the future of the world’s biggest battle royale). Earlier this week, fans noticed that Mustard had changed his location to “The End.” Before the huge kaiju versus mecha battle leading up to the end of Season 9, he did the same, changing his location to “Defense System: Active.” It’s not about teasing an actual location so much as it is a general clue about what’s happening in the world of Fortnite.

How else could we possibly interpret “The End” other than the apocalypse?

Say goodbye to all the characters from Seasons 1-10 and the entire island, because they all might disappear very soon.

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Over the last 10 seasons, the island has been struck by a meteor, endured an alien fracturing space-time with a rocket, been invaded by a small ice island complete with a king on a frozen throne, and an angry volcano ripped a hole in the northeast corner. All this on a space that fans have calculated to be less than a square mile. It’s a wonder it hasn’t been destroyed already.

Apex Legends Season 3 may have beaten Fortnite Season 11 to the punch by introducing a new battle royale map, but that felt extraneous for Respawn’s game. For Epic’s game, it feels like a necessity.

What’s going to happen during this event on Sunday? Potential spoilers based on leaks follow, so proceed at your own risk.

The Zero Point will be what triggers whatever happens in "The End."

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Fans probably recall that the Doggus robot pulling the giant sword out of Look Lake fractured the power source of the Vault, causing the Zero Point to appear and fracture. This caused the fluctuations in space-time that trapped certain areas of the map in time (like the meteor) and gradually created different Rift Zones across time and space. The Zero Point has gradually destabilized since then, leading most of us to assume that it’ll either go supernova, collapse in on itself like a black hole, or both?

Fortnite data-miner @ShiinaBR claims that during the event “players will be sucked into the Zero Point” when “an currently encrypted map will be loaded and used for the cinematic.” But part of the experience will teleport players several miles away from the island where they’ll watch something happen from an extreme distance.

Other leaks indicate perhaps a dozen new named locations in the familiar alliterative style of Fortnite, indicating that either the island will be destroyed and built anew, or we’re going someplace different. Either way, Fortnite will never be the same after “The End.”

“The End” will occur on Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

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