Ariana Grande is headlining Fortnite’s subsequent live performance collection


Final week, Epic Video games teased {that a} “record-breaking famous person” could be performing in Fortnite’s upcoming Rift Tour live performance collection, and now we all know that the thriller performer is none apart from Ariana Grande.

The five-show live performance collection kicks off August sixth at 6PM ET, and reveals will run by August eighth. (You will discover the total schedule right here.) Epic recommends being prepared in-game 60 minutes earlier than any of the performances with the intention to bounce into the Rift Tour playlist when it goes dwell half-hour forward of showtime. Fortnite occasions have crammed up previously — I personally missed Fortnite’s “The System” occasion in-game as a result of I signed on too late — so I’d advocate exhibiting up early to the Rift Tour reveals simply in case.

As for what you may anticipate from the reveals? “Constructing on and incorporating different celebrated Fortnite moments, the Rift Tour will start with experiences that pair in style tracks with moments based mostly on parts from the sport,” in response to Epic Video games. “Gamers will have the ability to journey aspect by aspect with their buddies on a journey to magical new realities the place Fortnite and Ariana collide.

Epic may even be promoting a pores and skin based mostly on Grande as a part of its Icon Collection, which options real-world celebrities like LeBron James and Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. Grande’s pores and skin will go on sale August 4th at 8PM ET, which means you may present as much as Grande’s live performance dressed as Grande, and you may get a preview of the pores and skin and a backpack based mostly on her precise pet pig, Piggy Smallz, on this teaser video:

In the event you attend the live performance, you’ll additionally get a particular umbrella glider. Gamers who subscribe to the month-to-month Fortnite Crew subscription will get some unique bonuses for attending, together with a rainbow variant of the live performance umbrella.

Fortnite’s previous live shows have been massively profitable — greater than 10 million folks watched Marshmello’s in-game live performance in February 2019 and greater than 12 million folks attended Travis Scott’s surreal Fortnite efficiency in April 2020. It appears probably that Epic will likely be aiming to up the spectacle with this newest live performance, and we’ll have to attend and see what the mix Grande’s efficiency inside Fortnite’s at present alien-themed world might deliver.

Grande’s efficiency was rumored in July, and paperwork unearthed as a part of Epic’s case in opposition to Apple additionally revealed that Epic was planning a live performance with the megastar. The occasion appears to have been within the works for fairly a while — in response to a June 2020 doc from the case, a Grande live performance was within the works for that October. On the time, a J Balvin live performance was set for that September, which ended up taking place a month later as a part of the sport’s Halloween occasion, whereas a still-unannounced Woman Gaga live performance was deliberate for that December.

Replace August 1st, 2:48PM ET: Added description from Epic Video games concerning the performances.