Once upon a time, back in the halcyon days of 2018, Fortnite fans were all aflutter over the sudden appearance of a malevolent cube in Battle Royale. As you’d expected, that eventually resulted in the entire map being whisked out of space and time by a trans-dimensional butterfly – but, now Fortnite is being terrorised by new nefarious geometry, this time in the form of a sphere.
The mysterious snow orb first appeared with the advent of today’s 7.2.0 update, hovering above the castle courtyard on Polar Peak – once home to Fortnite’s ill-fated Infinity Blade. However, unlike Kevin the cube, which would violently repel players that got too close on its debut, the new sphere doesn’t seem to be doing very much of anything right now.
Admire it from afar and you’ll spot a gentle flurry of snowflakes drifting around its hulk, while an ominous thrum vibrates through the air. And that low-key sound and light show is pretty much your lot at present – building a makeshift bridge to reach its position and then smacking it with a harvesting tool merely results in an entirely unsatisfying ‘doink’.