Epic Games is continuing its string of superstar Fortnite concerts, as it revealed its Rift Tour concert series will star none other than the pop singer, Ariana Grande.
Epic Games, Fortnite’s developer, announced on Sunday, 1 August 2021, that Ariana Grande is the next big musician who will be teleporting into the virtual world of Fortnite for a series of five concerts. Grande’s performances will kick off on Friday, 6 August 2021, and will conclude on Sunday, 8 August 2021.
The developer stated that the schedule was designed to give fans around the world multiple chances to see the famous pop star perform. On the official website, Epic stated, “We recommend fans arrive in Fortnite an hour before showtime, and the Rift Tour Playlist should be live 30 minutes before each show.” In the past, Fortnite events such as this one have suffered from server issues, which led to delays and some players being locked out of them.
When asked what players can expect from the concert, Epic revealed, “The Rift Tour will begin with experiences that pair popular tracks with moments based on elements from the game.” Adding, “Players will be able to travel side by side with their friends on a journey to magical new realities where Fortnite and Ariana collide.”
Epic will be selling a skin based on Ariana, as part of its Icon Series, which features real-world celebrities such as Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and LeBron James. Ariana’s skin will be available to purchase in the in-game store on Wednesday, 4 August 2021. This means that Fortnite players will be able to attend Grande’s concert dressed up as her. A backpack, which is based on Grande’s pet pig, will also be available for purchase.
Gamers attending the concert will also receive a special umbrella glider, while players who subscribe to the monthly Fortnite crew subscription will receive some exclusive bonuses for attending. These include a rainbow variant of the concert umbrella.
Fortnite’s previous in-game concerts have been very successful. Over 10 million people attended Marshmello’s in-game concert in February 2019, and more than 12 million people watched Travis Scott’s performance in April 2020. Epic Games is hoping that Grande’s concert will attract more people than the previous in-game concerts.