Will Fortnite’s new season feature Area 51 as a new drop location?
September 10, 2019-Games Journalism
As teased in Fortnite’s YouTube advertisements, it is clear that Epic "Gamers" participating in season ten will be receiving enjoyable quote-lines from the character Claptrap from the Borderlands series, as well as many related cosmetics. However, as the title dictates (along with few theories being spread around Facebook’s new Marketplace of Ideas), there is skepticism about whether the Borderlands content will be the only content added in with the new patch.
Meeting Between Area 51 Raid Organizers
The canon in Epic Games’ Fortnite is one that is harder to grasp than the likes of the Twilight series featuring Robert Pattinson or Bravo's Real Housewives series. That being said, it took a lot of research and mathematics to understand Epic Games’ algorithm for the content patches behind Fortnite. In previous patches, we have seen a plethora of content. From the release build of Bob the Builder,to season three’s John Wick in which players would “take an L”, to the current time-travel themed season ten featuring a futuristic Tilted Towers. With all of this in mind and the fact that the fabric of reality had literally torn both in the Stranger Things crossover, and in season five’s rift feature bringing in real-world structures, it truly does seem like anything is possible. It’s like Neil Armstrong once said, “Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” Of course, this is all theoretical so I will now go through the statistics behind it all.
“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” - Neil Armstrong
Nearly 250 million people have played Fortnite as of March 2019. Furthermore, 62.7% of Fortnite players are aged between 18-24 years old, and 12.7% of those players are aged between 35-44 years old. Ripe boomer age. And as all Millenials know, boomers actively use Facebook, which is the hub for the September 20th Area 51 raid. Over 2 million people have listed as “going” to the Area 51 raid, and a staggering 1.5 million have listed “maybe”. Now, this may not seem like a lot; however putting that side-by-side with Facebook’s average age of 40.5 years old (in the U.S.) and a whopping 65% of Facebook users that are aged 35+. Put this all into the melting pot that is America, and you’ll come to the conclusion that the same 12.7% of Fortnite players are more than likely a part of the same 65% of the 3.5 million Area 51 raid-goers. This would mean that (roughly) a nonplus 2,275,000 of Fortnite gamers are currently hyped for an escapade to the illustrious and famed Alien Artifact museum that is Area 51. For perspective, this number of the general world populace equates to the number of the populaces of the Bahamas, the Solomon Islands, and the African country Djibouti.
Just a really pretty picture of the Bahamas :)
Epic Games is a multi-billion dollar company, standing at a flabbergasting 15 billion dollar net-worth, so it’s clear that Epic has both the reason and the means to place even a fraction of the military base Area 51. Maybe their Chinese connections through Tencent will help them figure out if aliens really are in there. I have high hopes that Epic Games will listen to its consumers in this seemingly small task that will mean the world for "Gamers" and "Boomers" alike. However, as a backup plan to help sway Epic Games onto the right side of history, you can join the fight here.