Fortnite’s Ariana Grande concert offers a taste of music in the metaverse

Epic’s latest major in game live music event featured Ariana Grande as she strutted and soared through a series of Fortnite sets. This multi-day “tour”, which lasted for more than a day, offered plenty of entertainment for gamers and Grande fans. It also showcased Epic’s visually innovative vision for live events that millions can enjoy simultaneously.

Fortnite players knew that an Ariana Grande concert was planned for some time. It followed other in-game events with Marshmello and Travis Scott. Scott’s live performance at Fortnite saw 12.3 Million viewers. This is a figure that Ariana Grande’s event will surpass, considering that it ran for multiple days.

Epic posted a video of their concert. It’s worth watching, even if it’s just to marvel at what’s possible in the gaming world these days. It’s great to experience the event in real time, but the video does a good job of capturing the feeling.

The show had a few mini-games this time that allowed players to do more than just fly around and watch a virtual pop star do her thing. Players rode a rainbow racetrack and hit power ups to get “Come & Go” from Juice WRLD, Marshmello. After the racetrack sequence, players were thrown through a Dr. Seuss-style environment with giant floating eyeballs and candy-pink trees before being dropped into a mini-game where they shot down Wolfmother’s Storm King boss.

Grande made her Fortnite debut with the 2019 hit, “7 Rings”, gliding across the sky and manifesting on top of a planet suspended above a sea full of stars. Later, she flew through the clouds in angelic wings while players followed her. The coolest part was when Grande, a skyscraper high, climbed a series Escher-esque staircases using a huge diamond mallet, before throwing it at the sky to shatter it, shotput-style.

Epic sets the bar high. Fortnite’s most recent event did not have many surprises. Fortnite’s live events, which are imaginative and creative, allow you to dress up in your favorite skin and sail around with millions of other people.

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