Now, the items have finally made it into the game, and are already providing some creepy clues as to what we can expect going forward.
Pennywise’s balloon has appeared at Pleasant Park.
A red balloon is one of the trademark props from the IT franchise, which Pennywise the Dancing Clown uses to lure his victims to their demise. In the leaked files it was labeled as pink, perhaps in an attempt to misdirect players, but it has taken on its scarlet hue now that it can be found in Pleasant Park.
Once you pop the balloon, the signature laugh of Pennywise can be heard echoing out of the grating, much like in the movies, implying that he may be hiding just underneath the popular Fortnite location, biding his time.
With previous movie-themed events like with John Wick, the game has released special challenges that reward players with cosmetic items based off the film, or have added special Limited-Time Modes, as they did with the Avengers franchise ahead of Endgame.
IT: Chapter Two releases on Friday, September 6, so we can expect to see the next stage of the creepy event unfold in the near future.
Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop was once a massive figure in the world of competitive Fortnite, but the star has stopped playing the battle royale title altogether, and finally revealed his reasons why in an October YouTube video.
Although CouRage got his start as a caster for MLG, he became synonymous with Fortnite in 2018-2019, going on to commentate several major events for the battle royale title — including the Fortnite World Cup, which he did the play-by-play for along with fellow star streamer DrLupo.
However, he has since stopped streaming the game altogether and has instead opted for other popular picks like Among Us and Warzone, leaving his Fortnite-centric viewers confused as to why he suddenly broke off from Fortnite.
While CouRage has been vocal about his hatred for skill-based matchmaking for some time, he finally explained his reasons for stepping away in a YouTube video on October 13, on the heels of the Chipotle Challenger Series.
CouRage and DrLupo cast several major Fortnite events, including the Summer Skirmish finals and the World Cup.
“Fortnite was a game that changed my life forever, and a game that kind of took my life by storm,” he began. “I fell in love with it when I played right on day number one… and now, three years, later… is something I will cherish forever.”
CouRage went on to explain that when he’d first started streaming the game, he “loved it arguably more than any game I’ve ever loved before.”
“But, like a lot of people, I believe the transition from Chapter 1 to Chapter 2… towards the end of Chapter 1, I was already falling out of love with the game,” he admitted. “It became more stressful than anything.”
CouRage cited Fortnite’s mechs as one of the reasons that led to him falling out of love with the game, as well as its steadily-growing, competitive atmosphere.
Citing a hatred of the game’s short-lived MECH robots after the Fortnite World Cup last year, he “wanted to love the game, but wasn’t able to,” also claiming that he felt its environment had changed from mostly casual to fiercely competitive during this time.
Of course, skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) played a part in this feeling, which he said was “one of the things that completely destroyed my love for the game.”
“I think it took away the ability for you to have as much fun as you once did,” he added. “Now in these games, it’s super sweaty, every fight’s a minute long… it became more stressful than anything.”
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Although CouRage listed plenty of faults with the title as it currently stands, he made sure to express his love for Epic and hopes to work with the company for years to come, but will be shifting his content to other titles for the foreseeable future.
Epic have already revealed their plans to do another Fortnite World Cup in 2021, and considering how popular the former OpTic Gaming star is when it comes to hosting such events, it might not be too long before we see his name tied again to the battle royale.