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Fortnite teases big concert event, and signs point to Ariana Grande

The Rift Tour begins on Aug. 7

Ariana Grande performs on stage during her “Sweetener World Tour” at The O2 Arena on August 19, 2019 in London, England. Photo: Getty Images for AG

Fortnite is gearing up for its next major in-game concert. On Thursday, developer Epic Games announced the Rift Tour, a new in-game event that will start on Aug. 6 and run through Aug. 8.

According to Epic’s announcement, the Rift Tour will involve “a musical journey into magical new realities where Fortnite and a record-breaking superstar collide.” It’s worth noting that, much like the Travis Scott event from last year, Epic hasn’t explicitly called this event a concert but the “Tour” part of the name and the “musical journey” certainly implies it.

Now the only question left is who Epic’s superstar will be.

The cosmetic items for Fortnite’s Rift Tour event Image: Epic Games

According to information from court documents leaked during Epic’s trial with Apple earlier this year, the developer was set to have Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga perform last year. Since then, many have speculated that one or both of the pop stars might still get their own in-game concerts.

If the Rift Tour’s star really is one of these two singers, it certainly seems the cosmetics that Epic has teased for this event certainly fit more into the Ariana Grande aesthetic than that of Lady Gaga. Supporting this, many prominent Fortnite dataminers and leakers seem to think that it’s almost certainly Grande. On top of all that, Aug. 6 is Ariana Grande Day, the first day of the event. Yes, really.

Epic’s Fortnite Rift Tour schedule Image: Epic Games

The Rift Tour will begin on Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. ET in the Americas for its first engagement. Next, the event will go happen globally on Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. ET. The event will be live for players in Asia and Oceania on Aug. 8 at 12 a.m. ET, while players in EU and ME can attend on Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. ET, ending with an encore for the Americas on Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. ET.

Epic says that it will reveal more about Fortnite’s Rift Tour and its musical superstar on Aug. 2.