Instead, it simply offers players a chance of netting some pretty awesome rewards if they manage to place in the top 100 players in the mode over the course of the event.
As you can probably guess from the name, Solo Showdown will be an every-man-for-himself mode that's inaccessible to players queuing as duos or squads. If and when Epic does announce a Fortnite competitive mode, you'll be the first to know. Cumulative scores will then be generated from across the player's' 50 matches. Players compete to earn a spot on the standings, and those with a high enough score by the end of the competition will be rewarded with a huge prize of V-Bucks. Unlike other LTMs, Solo Showdown will not change core gameplay of the current Solo mode.
For those unaware, Jetpacks were initially set for inclusion in Fortnite during Season 3 of the title, but the item received an indefinite delay from Epic Games due to the developer having discovered an undisclosed flaw in its design. You must play 50 Solo Showdown LTM matches to be eligible for a prize.
As seen in the tweet below from the Twitter account known as Fortnite: Battle Royale Leaks, a recent datamine of the game's Update 4.2 files seems to have made a reference in the patch's code to a Limited Time Mode known as Close Encounters, which will feature "close-quarters combat with Shotguns and Jetpacks". The remaining 50 will get 7,500 V-Bucks. So, the prizes are worth playing for. Epic Games hasn't confirmed anything about this so far which means that we'll have to wait in order to find out whether or not Fortnite is actually getting a competitive mode.
The developers say that Solo Showdown is "a one-off stepping stone to learn how to build great events for all types of players", and are promising, "a major announcement about competitive play next week". The contest starts today and ends on May 21, 2018, at 10:00 AM ET.