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Aliens have begun abducting Fortnite players

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A new twist has arrived in Fortnite (opens in new tab)'s absurd, never-ending narrative, as aliens have reportedly begun snatching players straight out of the battle royale.

As reported by The Gamer (opens in new tab), a number of Fortnite players have reported being "abducted" by UFOs that have begun circling over murder island. The kidnappings seem to be limited to Risky Reels, with recordings showing players engulfed in a flash of green light before being dumped in a field—their memories presumably wiped from whatever went on aboard the spacecraft.

Another Redditor gave us a look at the abduction from the outside, as a hapless player is slowly, yet surely, sucked into a tunnel of light. Now, were I a particularly callous gamer, I'd reckon these onlookers would make for a great way to pad-out your battle royale score.

Aliens have been teasing their arrival (opens in new tab) in Fortnite for some time, with crop circles, downed helicopters (opens in new tab) and cryptic radio messages (opens in new tab) foreshadowing their arrival. It sounds like straight-up abductions are still somewhat rare, though I'd imagine they'll ramp up in frequency as we approach whatever Independence Day-style scenario is about to hit Fortnite.

That cataclysm will likely happen once Season 6 gives way to Season 7. The current season is slated to end next Monday, June 7th. For a better hint of what crossovers may come with the new season, I can only recommend checking out, err, Donald Mustard's reading list (opens in new tab)?

Natalie Clayton
Natalie Clayton

20 years ago, Nat played Jet Set Radio Future for the first time, and she's not stopped thinking about games since. Joining PC Gamer in 2020, she comes from three years of freelance reporting at Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, VG247 and more. Embedded in the European indie scene and a part-time game developer herself, Nat is always looking for a new curiosity to scream about—whether it's the next best indie darling, or simply someone modding a Scotmid into Black Mesa. She also unofficially appears in Apex Legends under the pseudonym Horizon.