Epic Games is teasing the biggest in-game event since Travis Scott psychedelic stomped on Fortnite’s virtual meadows.
The mysterious new event, which Fortnite-maker Epic calls the “Rift Tour,” will kick off on Friday, August 6 and run until Sunday, August 8. In the teaser announcement, Epic invites players to “take a musical journey into magic.” new realities where Fortnite and a record-breaking superstar collide.
In-game events leading up to the mystery show series will run from July 29 through August 8, so players can jump into Fortnite to experience new Rift Tour-themed quests and rewards now. The cotton candy-colored event will offer a custom loading screen and a fluffy cloud chat emoticon, among other digital prizes.
The Rift Tour is not a one-time event. Like the Travis Scott event, Fortnite will hold five different show times over three days to make it easier to capture players. Epic says they’ll have more details to share on Monday, August 2, so Fortnite players will have to wait for more hints or an official announcement on who’s playing.
So… who is playing? So far, all signs point to Ariana Grande. Leaks have been saying as much for more than a week, and documents revealed by Epic’s legal battle with Apple have also detailed plans for in-game events with Grande and Lady Gaga.
Over at Forbes, Paul Tassi also connected the dots on how recent leaks point to Grande, including some visual themes from her music videos and a reference to her pet pig Piggy Smalls.
Considering Epic is calling its latest virtual event a tour, that suggests Grande won’t be alone, if indeed she is the mystery superstar. A Lady Gaga appearance could also be in the cards, as Epic apparently planned for Gaga to appear in a December 2020 concert that never materialized. Kanye West also releases his new album on August 6, but it seems less likely that Epic would be willing to partner with West given his myriad of recent controversies. And “Donda,” West’s latest album, was originally slated for a different date before being delayed.
Whoever it is, we’ll probably know more on Monday. Even if you’re not a Grande fan or regular gamer, Fortnite’s in-game concerts are some of the most creative and visually exciting virtual events yet.
Everyone should cross the metaverse with their friends while a skyscraper-sized virtual rapper fires neon lightning bolts at least once.