Casual Fortnite fans may not know about all of the nuances of the game’s plotline. On its surface, Fortnite seems like little more than a cartoony Battle Royale game. The plot that’s spanned three years of the game’s lifecycle can be a lot to digest for new or casual players.
Dedicated players know that there’s a ton going on behind the scenes, however. In fact, there’s hours worth of content on YouTube dedicated to deciphering the subtleties of the Fortnite storyline – always updating and changing with each event.
Epic knows this and is intentional with what they tell their fans and what they omit. They also set traps for theorists, giving the red herrings that ultimately lead to dead ends.
That’s what we’re focusing on, here; the times when Epic tricked Fortnite players into thinking something would happen when it wouldn’t. Here are five times that Fortnite ticked their player base.
1. Heroes vs. Villains
Longtime Fortnite players know that Chapter 2 Season 4 isn’t the first time that heroes made their way into the game. Chapter 1 Season 4 had the same theme – albeit without the Marvel crossover.
Most fans assumed that the theme of the season was “Heroes vs. Villains.” When the season ended, however, we found out that the Battle Pass characters were actually a part of a film – not heroes and villains in real life. This was all a distraction while the Visitor set his plan in motion.
Not only did this red herring lead theorists down the wrong path for the season, but the theme led us to believe that The Visitor was evil – something that wouldn’t get cleared up for another six seasons.
2. Tilted Towers Destruction
The destruction of Tilted Towers was rumored to take place almost every season of Chapter 1. When the Visitor’s rocket first took off, it headed directly for Tilted before rift-jumping into the sky. From that point forward, fans assumed that each update would bring the destruction of Tilted Towers with it.
Season after season, Titled stayed standing – save for one building in the middle of the POI that kept getting destroyed. When Tilted eventually did get destroyed at the end of Season 8, the building that was constantly under construction was the only one that stayed standing.
3. Fortnite X It 2
When It 2 came out in September of last year, red balloons began popping up all over the Fortnite map. This was right after the Fortnite X Stranger Things crossover, so fans assumed that It was coming next. We even saw leaks surrounding Pennywise and possible voice tracks.
Unfortunately, none of that ever came into the game. The red balloons hanging out of sewers were all that we got. We don’t know if this was intentionally misleading or if something happened between the studio and Epic, but the Fortnite X It 2 crossover never came to fruition.
4. The Crashed Astronaut
In the Fortnite Season 3 Battle Pass, one of the characters seemed a bit out of place with the theme. Sonia, an astronaut, seemed like she belonged in the Chapter 1 Season 3 Battle Pass rather than in Chapter 2.
Later on in the season, when the water level began to lower, we found Sonia’s ship with another astronaut inside. Players were able to complete a mission to get the ship back in the sky, but that was the last we saw of this strange visitor.
It might be too soon to call this a Fortnite red herring, but we haven’t seen anything happen with this astronaut. For now, it seems like Epic were misleading us, here.
5. Ghost and Shadow War
Much like the theme of the heroes and villains in Chapter 1 Season 4, the Chapter 2 Season 2 theme strongly misled players as to where things were going. Players assumed that there was a massive war brewing between Ghost and Shadow, and that the Chaos Agent and Midas were the leaders of it.
When we heard that Midas was working on a Doomsday Device, we assumed that this would be his retaliation against Shadow. They had taken over most of the major POIs, after all. When the Doomsday Device went off, however, we learned that Midas was fighting against the storm and the creators of the simulation. The war with Shadow was only a front.
To this day, we don’t know the exact objective of Midas. The last we saw, he was eaten by a shark at the beginning of Season 3. One thing’s for sure, though: the Ghost vs. Shadow war was nothing more than a distraction.
There were other moments of trickery throughout the seasons of Fortnite, but these were the most jarring ones. Some honorable mentions include The black helicopters from Chapter 1, along with the Enforcers – who never really did anything once they got here.
Epic Games is playing a subtle game with their plotline. As players and theorists, we don’t know what’s important and what’s a red herring. We still have a lot to uncover within the story of Fortnite, but keep an eye out for dead ends.