No Fortnite Season 7 Live Event for the First Time in a Long Time
Epic Games has released the new season of Fortnite battle royale, and it is known as Invasion. The seventh season of the game is ripe with new content, gameplay changes, locations, and more, but it does not have a Fortnite Season 7 live event.
There Is No Fortnite Season 7 Live Event
That’s right: Epic Games is not offering a Fortnite Season 7 live event this time around for the first time in a very long time. This may be surprising to some players as it has been a staple in the battle royale game for a long time, but it seems that the developer opted out of that for Season 7.
The lack of Fortnite Season 7 live event is felt in the new season as it feels like it is not the same without something like that to kick off the new season. There has essentially been a live event in every single season thus far in Chapter 2, either to kick off the new one or to end the previous one.
This is something that has been going strong for about 12 or 13 seasons now, like clockwork. Even when there is a season like Season 5 where there was no event to start the new season of content for The Mandalorian and the gang, there was something to end the previous season.
But, alas, this is the first time we have no Fortnite Season 7 live event of any kind for it or to end the previous Season 6. This is something that is heavily disappointing and one that will likely disappoint a lot of players who were looking forward to the new live event.
Instead, when you log into the game in Season 7, you will be greeted by two cinematic trailers that you can watch. One of them is introducing the new Invasion season of content and teasing what you can expect from this season, while the other introduces the characters and what has happened to the island.
The second trailer is what I would have expected the Fortnite Season 7 live event to be but in trailer format. It even starts in a weird way that had me thinking I was in the live event for a moment there. It only makes it more frustrating that there is not an event this time around.
The worst part is that there easily could have been one story-wise for the island. It would have followed up on the excellent way of having the Zero Crisis Finale be available to everyone as soon as they log into the game, rather than only hosting it once.
It seemed like the way of handling live events in Season 6 was what was going to be the case moving forward, allowing all players to play it whenever they first jump into the game for the new season. However, that is not the case here for whatever reason. We have no Fortnite Season 7 live event at all.
Why This Was Likely Done
There are a few possible reasons why there is no Fortnite Season 7 live event at all. The first is the simple lack of time to develop the event and the resources to make this huge spectacle. We do need to keep in mind that there is a lot that goes into each live event.
Epic Games has to work on the different set pieces, timing, story beats, character development, and more. This is a huge undertaking that will require lots of members of the development team to focus on it for a lengthy time.
And let’s face it: Season 6 only lasted for 12 weeks, which is just around the usual time for a full season of content. The battle royale game, when on schedule, has 10 weeks of normal content plus a week or two of extra overtime until the new season launches.
Such was the case with Season 6. There was not as much time as in Season 5, 4, and other ones in Chapter 2 to develop the next one. This may have resulted in the team choosing whether or not to cut certain parts of the new season or extend the sixth season.
It seems that Epic Games chose the former and launched Season 7 without a live event as usual. Another reason behind this decision could have been that these live events, even when available to everyone like in Season 6, are a one-and-done style of event.
Once you have done the event, it is over with, and you cannot access it again. This could be seen as a time sink for something only done once by the player when that time could be better used towards content that will be around for much longer, like skins, new weapons, and locations on the map.
What the Live Event Could Have Been
With all of that said, though, the lack of a Fortnite Season 7 live event does have us wondering what it would have looked like if we did have one. Fortunately, the trailer at the beginning of the season gives a glimpse of what will likely be the event.
More than likely, it would have followed up on Season 6 by having an event that everyone can do whenever they first log into the new season. It would have seen the massive alien warship appear over the island and capture The Spire for some odd reason.
You would have met the new characters important to the seventh season, like Doctor Slone, and joined her to fight back against the alien invaders who have shown up on the island. You may have even taken control of one of the flying saucers at some point in the event to give you a mini-tutorial of how to use them.
The event probably would have seen the introduction of Rick Sanchez from Rick and Morty and Superman himself come to the island to help fight the alien horde. It would have potentially culminated with the aliens successfully invading the island and taking The Spire, releasing The Foundation in the process.
For now, though, we will have just to wait and see and hope that Season 7 does get a live event of some kind later on in the season, like when Clark Kent arrives on the island. That is scheduled to happen in around two months, so there is a chance that Epic Games is waiting for something special at that time to welcome the Kryptonian superhero from Earth.