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 that the mystery performer is none other than Ariana Grande. The first concert takes place August 6th at 6PM 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 seems 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 for that October. At the time, a J Balvin concert was set for that September, which ended up happening a month later as part of the game’s Halloween event, while a still-unannounced Lady Gaga concert was planned for that December.
Excuse us, Ariana is coming!
Fortnite Presents the Rift Tour featuring @ArianaGrande kicks off August 6 at 6 PM ET #RiftTourhttps://t.co/1ljUFig39F pic.twitter.com/GDCnr24Wh9
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) August 1, 2021
Fortnite’s past concerts have been massively successful — more than 10 million people watched Marshmello’s in-game concert in February 2019 and more than 12 million people attended Travis Scott’s surreal Fortnite performance in April 2020. It seems likely that Epic will be aiming to up the spectacle with this latest concert, and we’ll have to wait and see what the combination Grande’s performance inside of Fortnite’s currently alien-themed world could bring.
The Rift Tour will run from August 6th through 8th, with five showtimes happening over the three days.