The Rift Tour: A shining moment in Fortnite history

The Fortnite Rift Tour is underway and it's safe to say that the event has been a huge success. Headlining the event is, of course, Ariana Grande, but that alone isn't what makes the Rift Tour such a massive moment in Fortnite history.

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The combination of the megastar artist and the subtle nods to the past, and possible future of Fortnite, is what made the Rift Tour unmissable.

The Lead-Up

As you queue and wait for the Rift Tour to begin, you are placed on top of the main Abductor on the Island and can play around until the countdown reaches zero. There are portals to interact with like the low gravity, ice and prop effects that have been in-game for about a week.

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Fortnite Rift Tour Projection Portal
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The projection portal in action

You can also interact with a projection portal that beams an enlarged version of your character into the sky and they copy everything you do.

As the countdown hits zero, a rift appears in the middle of the Abductor and you're sucked into the event. It starts as you pass through dimensions and on this journey, you'll notice some references to previous events and characters as well as something that could be coming soon. (No spoilers here, don't worry)

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The dimensional journey is pretty trippy.

Warm-Up Act

Before Ariana shows up you'll partake in a few mini-games. The first of which sees you sliding down a colourful slide and collecting orbs to boost yourself. There also appears to be some weapon wrap orbs that can be picked up, but they don't appear to unlock anything immediately.

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This demon isn't messing around

Then you're off to a bouncy land of wool with a giant teddy in the sky, this doesn't last too long before you hit the action-packed part of the warm-up. Out of nowhere you're transported to a plane and are shooting a giant demon-like creature. Once the demon is defeated, you're sucked into another portal...

The Main Event

Suddenly, you're in the dark lying down before being revived by a fellow player and being asked to do the same for someone else. The room darkens once again before stars appear, and so does Ariana Grande.

The setlist for the event is as follows;

  • “7 Rings” by Ariana Grande
  • “Be Alright” by Ariana Grande
  • “R.E.M.” by Ariana Grande
  • “The Way” by Ariana Grande feat. Mac Miller
  • “Positions” by Ariana Grande
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Ariana Grande shows up in style

We're then taken on the Rift Tour journey which sees us traversing multiple rifts and dimensions with Ariana. There are some incredible set pieces during the Rift Tour including the mad Staircase dimension which mimics the 'Relativity' painting by M.C Escher.

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A performance that will long stick in our minds.

Another fantastic rift is the ice world because, despite its simplicity, the production in the performance that Ariana Grande is doing is absolutely stunning. This ends up being the final part of the Rift Tour as we're then transported back into the island map, only this time riding Lil' Floaticorns.

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Fortnite have nailed live events like this and Ariana Grande was the perfect candidate

Overall, the Rift Tour was one of Fortnite's best events and given that so much information around it was leaked, the show still managed to leave us speechless and wanting more.

Naturally, attention now turns to the possible reveal that was teased during the initial dimensional travel into the event (more on that soon). It's safe to say that Fortnite is far from the dead game and we can't wait to see what's next from the worldwide phenomenon.