It looks like Fortnite could possibly launch in China next week

As Luke Winkie wrote earlier this week, Fortnite may dominate the battle royale scene in the west, but it's not on top of the world. And it won't be, so long as it has no presence in China. 

But lo and behold, it looks like it may reach China sooner rather than later, if the fairly obvious "hints" contained in a new Fortnite Twitter missive are to go by.

Posted earlier today, the tweet reads "The Battle Bus is taking off! Destination, China". This text is accompanied by an image of a Fortnite passport, with a China stamp marked 23/04/2018. It's hardly a stretch to assume that this means Fortnite will launch in China next week. But then, it's not a firm confirmation, either.

Here's the tweet:

China is an incredibly lucrative market, but it's famously difficult to penetrate. PUBG has managed, but Fortnite may not have the same momentum it did in the west: consoles aren't big in China. For some fascinating insight into Fortnite's chances in China, Luke wrote about it earlier this week.

Or... it could have nothing to do with a China launch at all, as unlikely as that seems. Perhaps those pesky comets and meteors might be involved?

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Shaun is PC Gamer’s Australian editor and news writer. He mostly plays platformers and RPGs, and keeps a close eye on anything of particular interest to antipodean audiences. He (rather obsessively) tracks the movements of the Doom modding community, too.