Ariana Grande Fortnite concert: I killed a demon, huddled in front of a giant bear, and survived an MC Escher World
Fortnite’s Rift Tour event, featuring pop icon Ariana Grande, kicked off this Friday. We attended the show just in case any of you Arianators were missing. Don’t worry, you’ll have another chance to attend the concert throughout the week. Check out the Rift tour schedule here.
But enough about that. You want to know if Ariana Grande has transformed into a giant kaiju. Well, sort of, she did. Much like last year’s Travis Scott gig, players were warped into several alternate dimensions to listen to some of Ariana’s greatest hits including “Seven Rings”, “Positions”, “Be Alright” and more. . Much more, in fact. Some songs weren’t even his, oddly.
Watch the video below for a preview, or read on for our take on it.
The concert began with a strange journey through a portal, where a giant Ariana motioned for us to kiss her adoringly. In an odd turn of events, players were transported to what I can only describe as SSX Goopy, snowboarding a river of multicolored mud, collecting orbs, and getting tricky.
After that, we were transported to a giant forest of pink trees that looked like brush tips. Like some sort of Willy Wonka’s feverish dream, players bounced as the head of a giant Cuddle Commander appeared on the horizon.
Next, players were transported to a dark realm inhabited by the Storm King, a giant demon responsible for this eerie force field that ends up killing you in battle royale matches. Players jumped on planes and fired countless bullets at him and his zombie buddies, racking up points. I scored third, which is better than the last, so at least there is that. Strangely, it seemed to be tuned to a song by Wolfmother, or at least something similar. Do you remember Mother Wolf?
Then the players were treated to a strangely touching scene in which we all rekindled, just like in regular games. I would like to imagine that we would lend our Spirit Bomb energy to Ari.
Finally, Ariana appeared and performed Seven Rings, her remix of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1959 banger “My Favorite Things”.
The next stop was “Be Alright”, as players floated in the sky on bubbles and Ariana flew through the sky.
Players then moved on to ride tiny little llama unicorns while Ariana sang REM.
The show ended with “Positions,” as Ariana emerged from a giant schism in the cosmos, wielding a hammer and clad in crystal wings. Finally, she hammered her hammer into the ground, bringing us all back to the cold, Ariana-free reality we live in.
All in all, it’s easy to feel the same wonder that we felt at the Travis Scott concert. Witnessing a giant kaiju version of our favorite pop stars will probably never get old and call it commercial, but it’s cool to see these performers perform in weird fantasy realms.
The only gripe you can really have with this is that two sections (the snowboard goop and the Storm King fight) had pretty much nothing to do with Ariana or her music. They were a lot more like the end-of-season events we’ve grown used to, with a kind of narrative push to get us to the next battle pass. We already knew that Storm King would have a role in the series, but I just figured I could shoot turrets alongside Ms. Grande.
It makes you wonder how huge the investment is for big shows like this, especially since they only really happen for one or two nights. Whatever your feelings about Fortnite as a game, Epic shows no signs of slowing down on its entire “metaverse” project, aimed at making Fortnite a place where a bunch of people can enjoy it in the front row. , while the others enjoy it from a safe distance and without giant.
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