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Fortnite Mothership starts abducting players, and that’s a good thing

The massive Mothership over the Fortnite island has started abducting players, but the activity is different than what we’ve seen from the smaller UFOs thus far. Players who are grabbed by the Mothership aren’t simply healed and dropped somewhere else; rather, they’re given access to the massive vessel where they’re able to acquire some key weapons to get a fighting edge.

If you’re on the Fortnite battle royale island, simply look up — that huge disc in the sky is the Mothership, and there’s now a chance that it’ll pull you up in its tractor beam. The new abduction phenomenon arrived with today’s game update 17.10, bringing the first big change we’ve seen this season.

It seems the Mothership has released a trio of smaller abduction ships that will nab players during the first Storm circle. The ships’ locations are identified on the map; landing at any of the three POIs where they’re located can potentially result in abduction.

Assuming you’re one of the lucky players picked up by one of these ships, you’ll have a limited amount of time to collect gold and blue orbs. Assuming you grab enough of them, you’ll be transported to a loot room where you’ll get access to chests full of rare items. Only 20 seconds are offered, though, so players will need to quickly sort through the chests and grab what they want before they’re ejected out of the ship.

There is a downside to this, which is that the ship will send the player off to a random part of the battle royale island. If you end up somewhere less than ideal, the rare weapons you were able to grab while onboard may not be of much use, making the potential abduction a bittersweet event — it could help or harm you and the outcome is largely up to chance.

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Fortnite update 17.10 detailed: Arena reset and a way inside the Mothership

The next big Fortnite update will arrive in the early hours tomorrow morning (for those who live in the Eastern time zone, at least). Epic has teased the biggest change that will come with the game’s version 17.10 update, one involving the huge mothership that has been hanging out above the battle royale island.

Players can expect the Fortnite version 17.10 update to arrive at around 3:30 AM Eastern time (07:30 UTC), at which point the game services will be disabled and the update will arrive soon after. Once you download and install the patch, you may be able to explore the inside of the mothership.

“A new surprise descends,” Epic teased as part of its downtime announcement. “A way inside the Mothership?” No additional details on this change were provided, but the message indicates that something will descend from the big ship (a tractor beam, perhaps) that’ll enable players to get inside of the alien vehicle.

This next big update will also bring a change that competitive players were warned about before the season’s launch. According to Epic, Fortnite 17.10 will mark the end of the game’s competitive pre-season, meaning that all the Arena hype points will be reset.

If you want to be able to play post-update as soon as possible, be sure to set your PC or gaming console to automatically download new updates when they become available. This will be the first big update in the game’s current Chapter 2 – Season 7, which brought an alien invasion to the island.



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