The top two things currently setting the popular culture ablaze right now are Avengers: Infinity War and the game Fortnite. Between them stands a billion dollars in box office receipts and hundreds of millions of views on Twitch and YouTube.
And as it turns out, Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo are huge fans of Fortnite. That's why they proposed a brand team up of sorts with Fortnite studio Epic Games to create a special limited time event featuring the Mad Titan himself. This isn't just one of those silly mods for the YouTube crowd, nor is it a pure vanity item or cosmetic to be sold as a microtransaction.
Oh no, starting today the "Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup" mode tweaks Fortnite: Battle Royale by putting the Infinity Gauntlet into play. Players will engage in the standard 100-player battle royale as per usual but with the twist that the Infinity Gauntlet is hiding somewhere in the map. Get it and you’ll transform into Thanos himself, wielding infinite power for a limited time.
“Over the past few months, while we were editing Infinity War, we’d take breaks to hop on and get in a few games,” Joe Russo said of himself and co-director Anthony Russo. "And then we started thinking, how cool would it be to have some kind of Avengers-Fortnite mashup? So we stalked Donald [Mustard, Epic Games creative director]."
Mustard told Entertainment Weekly, "Out of the blue, I get this call from Joe. And after a bit of geeking out over each other’s work, we start brainstorming these crazy ideas. It was really important that whatever we did, it had to be super authentic to both Fortnite and the Avengers: Infinity War, and something that fans of both would be excited about. About an hour later, we had the bones of this awesome idea for a limited time gameplay mode, and almost immediately our team got started."
This will be the first special event of Fortnite Season 4, which began last week with the release of the game's latest update. Epic hasn't announced how long the mode will remain in rotation, but previous limited-time events have typically only been available for about a week.