Fortnite's team of dedicated data miners have uncovered one of the artists in the Rift Tour line-up will be Ariana Grande.
An appearance from Grande, a prolific musician, and actress, has been rumored since files from Epic Games' lawsuit against Apple Inc. went public. The files mentioned her, alongside other franchise collaborations, but neglected to explain the context the artist would be performing in. Now, players and Grande fans can look forward to seeing her—no doubt alongside the cosmetic collection designed for the event.
Fortnite "Rift Tour" Leaks: Ariana Grande and more
The Rift Tour event will run from Aug. 6-8. According to credible Twitter informant @HYPEX, the promotional tab mentioned taking players on a "journey to magical realities where Fortnite and a record-breaking superstar collide." They took this to undoubtedly be Grande, which is an apt suggestion considering she has won just under 20 awards for her music, alone.
They later went on to confirm and clarify Grande's appearance in a tweet published on the Twitter account in the late morning of Thursday, July 29. Supposedly, her promotional images are titled "Phase 1," implying other artists will also perform during the Rift Tour.
Other data miners including fellow credible informant @ShiinaBR corroborated the leak, tweeting that "ARIANA GRANDE X FORTNITE" appears to be confirmed almost an hour prior to HYPEX.
Both users dropped images of in-game posters for the event, tying each one to a Grande reference or song.
Some players believe that "Rain On Me" will become a segue for another popular artist, Lady Gaga, due to the fact they perform on the track together. DBLTAP cannot confirm this theory at the time of writing.
For now, players can complete the Rift Tour challenges and unlock a free Rift Tour umbrella featuring the in-game character "Cuddle Team Leader."