Epic Games confirm Fortnite's Countdown Clock was about Ari all along

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Fortnite's Invasion season has been one of the better Fortnite seasons in recent memory; However, it's coming to an end. The Countdown Clock that's appeared above Fortnite island looks to be counting down to the next title update. However, that's not all... There's also something called The Rift Tour on the way?

UPDATE - The Rift Tour Details

Epic Games has finally confirmed that the long-awaited Fortnite x Ariana Grande collab is coming in the form of the reality-bending The Rift Tour. When you couple this with The Suicide Squad's Bloodsport dropping in a couple of days... It's a busy week for Fortnite.

Ariana Grande's skin bundle is going to be available from August 4th, two days before the event kicks off, and there's going to be a few variants for players to unlock.

The Rift Tour is due to kick off on August 6th and will be shown in-game at the following times:

  • Show One - August 6th
    • 15:00 PST /18:00 EST / 23:00 BST
  • Show Two - August 7th
    • 11:00 PST / 14:00 EST / 19:00 BST
  • Show Three - August 7th
    • 21:00 PST / 00:00 EST / 05:00 BST (August 8th)
  • Show Four - August 8th
    • 06:00 PST / 09:00 EST / 14:00 BST
  • Show Five - August 8th
    • 15:00 PST / 18:00 EST / 23:00 BST
" Working with Epic and the Fortnite team to bring my music to life inside the game has been so fun and such an honour... I can’t wait to join my fans and see all of your reactions to such an unforgettable, magical journey to new realities.” - Ariana Grande
Fortnite The Rift Tour Umbrella Reward
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CUDDLE TEAM 'BRELLA - Unlock this Umbrella just for taking part!

Why Is There A Countdown Clock Now?

At the moment, no one is quite sure why the Mystery Countdown Clock has appeared in Fortnite following the 17.21 update. Data miner and leaker iFireMonkey has suggested that it has something to do with the destruction of Coral Castle. They found a POI named Coral Chunks in the game's files; You can check out their evidence below:


Following on from this, they believe that Coral Castle is going to be attacked by an Alien Mothership in a limited-time event. There isn't anything too solid to support this but they have found a series of "Event Tags" that relate to stages of this destruction. This could suggest that both Slurpy Swamp and Corny Complex could be under threat too.


Another prominent data miner and leaker, HYPEX, has also suggested that these three POI locations will be transformed into "No Gravity Zones" following their abduction by the Alien Mothership.


HYPEX goes on to showcase an image of the Mothership's central door open, however, this might not happen until we get closer to the end of the Mystery 17.21 Countdown Clock.


When Does The Countdown End?

If everything stays the same, the Mystery Countdown Clock is due to end on August 6th at around 10:00 PST / 13:00 EST / 18:00 BST. There could be some in-game events that cause this time to jump forwards, but this is unlikely.