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Ariana Grande will join Fortnite‘s Icon Series as a playable character and headline the game’s virtual concert, Fortnite Rift Tour from Aug. 6-8. Players will be able to view the event with friends and other players in the game’s lobbies and participants will also receive a Cuddly Cloudcrusier Umbrella.
Excuse us, Ariana is coming!
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) August 1, 2021
The virtual concert will run five shows over the course of three days. Players can join the Rift Tour Playlist and in-game tab to hear the songs and see the tour dates. Ariana Grande will also have her own outfit, back bling and other cosmetics added to the Fortnite shop. Players who are members of the Fortnite Crew and log in between Aug. 5-10 will also receive related in-game cosmetics. These include the Cosmic Cuddles Loading Screen, Rift-sterpiece Spray, and Cloudy Kitty Emoticon. Ahead of the actual show dates, players can also work to complete in-game quests centered around the celerity and concert ending on Aug. 8.
The concert dates are as follows:
- Friday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. EST
- Saturday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. EST
- Sunday, Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. EST
- Sunday Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. EST
Ariana Grande joins other artists in the Fortnite Metaverse
Ariana Grande is not the first musical artist to hold a concert series within Fortnite. Marshmello and Travis Scott also held their own immersive concert series inside the battle in 2019 and 2020, respectively. According to IGN, Scott garnered 12.3 million players on his debut performance in the Metaverse while Marshmello brought in 10.7 million concurrent viewers.
Both performances featured in-game visuals and mechanics that enhanced the viewing and listening experience. Based off of the recent trailers and teasers for Ariana Grande’s tour in Fortnite, the experience may feature many of the same elements in the style of her brand.
The in-game event kicks off on Friday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. EST. Epic recommends players that show up an hour before the concerts start in order to ensure their place in the lobby.
Declan is an esports journalist and part-time editor for Upcomer. He is an avid gamer and League of Legends player. You can find him at the bottom of the leaderboard in most games or on Twitter.