Fortnite’s next big live event appears to be very close. After the game’s most recent update, a new alien ship can be found hovering over the center of the battle royale island, projecting a clock counting down to August 6th.
Given Fortnite’s history with live events — which have included everything from a Galactus attack to an island-destroying black hole to an actual single-player mission — it seems likely this countdown will end in the latest such moment. Developer Epic, as always, is being cryptic about what’s happening. “Its intent doesn’t seem to be for harm,” the developer says of the ship. “It’s predicted its purpose will become clearer in the near future.” Previous leaks have also suggested an Ariana Grande concert is coming to the game, though it’s unclear if the pop star has any connection to the alien invasion.
Fortnite’s current alien-themed season kicked off on June 8th, changing the battle royale game with all kinds of new alien weapons and terrain. Since then, Fortnite has seen a steady stream of updates and events, including a trippy concert, a short film festival, and new characters like Loki, LeBron James, and Bugha.