Ariana Grande has strutted and flew around the array of Fortnite candy kits at Epic’s Latest Major Live Music Event in the game. The multi-day “tour” offered plenty of entertainment for gamers and Grande fans alike, while delivering Epic’s incredibly fluid and innovative vision of live events that could be enjoyed by millions of people at the same time.
Fortnite players knew that the Ariana Grande event was being worked on for a while, with the concert taking place after previous in-game events featuring rappers Travis Scott and Marshmello. I witnessed Scott perform in the game with 12.3 million viewers live, a number that Ariana Grande’s event is likely to win given it lasted several days.
Epic has made a concert video worth watching, so you’re wondering what things are currently possible in game worlds. Of course, the action experience directly in the game is perfect, but the video captures the experience well, without the feeling of being present from an avatar wandering into space with the Grande Grande.
This time, the show featured several mini-games that gave players more than just soaring while the giant virtual pop star did its job. The sequence started with players surfing the rainbow racetrack hitting power-ups at the intersection of Mario Kart and Splatoon with Juice WRLD’s “Come & Go” and Marshmello. After the race track sequence, players bounced across the landscape in the style of Dr. Seuss with pink trees and giant floating eyeballs before being dropped in a mini-game where the Wolf King’s head was thrown, the Victorious Storm King.
Grande made her Fortnite debut with several songs with the 2019 song “7 Rings” that scattered across the sky and materialized on top of a planet suspended in a sea of stars. She later flew through the clouds with angel wings, and players followed her, suspended in rainbow bubbles. In the coldest part, Grande’s tall skyscraper climbed the Escher-style stairs with a giant diamond hammer before tossing it to smash the sky by shooting.
The recent Fortnite event didn’t bring any big surprises, but that’s only because Epic is setting the bar so high. Wearing your favorite outfit to sail around a pop star that has tall skyscrapers alongside millions of people around the world may not be all metavers’ vision, but Fortnite’s fantasy live events are a foretaste of the future that is right now.