Epic Games is bringing its Fortnite in-game concert series back into vogue with a virtual performance by electronic music artist Kaskade over the weekend of March 26.
The concert will take place within the Party Royale game mode of Fortnite and will also include themed content related to the upcoming season of Rocket League as the popular competitive car soccer game is developed by Epic’s proprietary studio Psyonix. There is a lot, let’s say, corporate synergy underway here. Psyonix has a longstanding partnership with the electronic music label Monstercat to bring major producers of house, bass and other electronic genres to the soundtrack of the Rocket League game. And just last fall Kaskade released her debut album with Monstercat, an EP called Reset.
Now, Kaskade will perform Reset in its entirety within Fortnite, and his performance will be followed by the debut of the new Rocket League season trailer. The producer and DJ will apparently “drive the Rocket League cars” at various stages of the game and “will arrive at the new Neon Fields for a festival-style show ”. The concert then, it can be also seen with friends from the Houseparty social video app, another of Epic’s acquisitions in recent years.
Fortnite in-game concerts, which began in 2019 with a record-breaking in-game performance by electronic artist Marshmello, have become a surprising success during the first months of the pandemic as a way to experience those live events that have almost disappeared. Travis Scott’s performance inside Fortnite last April attracted more than 12 million people and the company’s Party Royale mode, launched in the same period, has become a way for all kinds of gaming events and for kinds of cross-cultural shows that have turned Fortnite into a kind of hybrid multimedia destination.
Epic has since expanded the technology setup that makes these live events possible with a new studio space in Los Angeles, which he began using for a three-week concert series in September. Now, it appears that the developer is ready to return to hosting live events pushing the boundaries with what sounds like a truly transmedia experience spanning its many apps, games, and music connections.
Kaskade’s concert will take place within Party Royale on March 26 at 1am and then March 27 at 2pm and 8pm Italian time. It will be part of the upcoming “Llama-rama” event, where players will be able to earn in-game items and other rewards for playing both Rocket League and Fortnite, starting March 25 through April 9.