Last week, Epic Games teased that a “record-breaking superstar” would be performing in Fortnite’s upcoming Rift Tour concert series, and now we know the mystery artist is none other than Ariana Grande. The first concert will take place on August 6 at 6:00 PM ET.
Grande’s performance was rumored in july, and documents unearthed as part of Epic’s case against Apple also revealed that Epic was planning a concert with the megastar. The event appears to have been in the works for quite some time – according to a June 2020 document from the case, a Grande concert was in the works in October. At the time, a J Balvin concert was scheduled for September, which took place a month later as part of the game’s Halloween event, while an unannounced Lady Gaga concert was scheduled for that December.
Excuse us, Ariana is coming!
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) August 1, 2021
Fortnite’s previous concerts were hugely successful – over 10 million people watched Marshmello’s in-game concert in February 2019 and over 12 million people attended Travis Scott’s surreal Fortnite performance in April 2020. It seems likely that Epic wants to increase the spectacle with this latest concert, and we’ll have to wait and see what the combination of Grande’s performance in Fortnite’s could bring an alien-themed world right now.
The Rift Tour continues from 6 to 8 August, with five showtimes over the three days.