Fortnite publishers Epic Games continue their plans of building a “metaverse” as Ariana Grande will kick off Fortnite’s Rift Tour on August 6-8.
Epic Games have been very busy trying to transform Fortnite from a battle royale shooter game to an entertainment hub that offers gaming, music, movies and more to their audience. Their latest move was signing Ariana Grande to open their Rift Tour.
Fortnite Rift Tour concert, featuring Ariana Grande
According to Epic Games, the Rift Tour will begin with Fortnite-themed experiences that pair popular tracks with moments based on elements from the game. Similar to the previous Travis Scott show, this will be a tour rather than a one-off experience: there will be a total of five performances between August 6 and August 8.
Fortnite’s recommendations to get the full experience include downloading the latest update and logging in 60 minutes before the shows – the Rift Tour playlist will be live 30 minutes before each performance. As concerts are best enjoyed with company, the in-game Rift Tour tab will allow friends to schedule the showtimes they plan to attend.
Ariana Grande’s arrival will be celebrated with several in-game items: the Ariana Grande outfit and the Piggy Smallz (who happens to be her real-life pet) Back Bling.
While these items will be available for purchase with V-bucks (Fortnite’s in-game currency), there are also some goodies that can be obtained by completing quests. Between July 29 and August 8, the Quests listed in the Rift Tour tab can be completed to unlock rewards that include Cosmic Cuddles Loading Screen (by Chicago-based studio Delicious Design League), Rift-sterpiece Spray and the Cloudy Kitty Emoticon.
Just attending the Rift Tour will be enough to receive the Cuddly Cloudcruiser, a commemorative umbrella:
If last year’s Travis Scott performance is any indication, fans can expect a wild and imaginative Fortnite Rift Tour experience featuring Ariana Grande that will also give a glimpse of what entertainment’s future can look like. All that remains now is to wait for the first show on August 6th.