Huge virtual concerts and impressive live events might be something Fortnite players expect nowadays, but that wasn’t always the case. American music producer and DJ Christopher ‘Marshmello’ Comstock was the first artist to host a virtual concert in Epic Games’ battle royale shooter and, following the release of update 21.30, it looks like he might be the next one too.
That’s right, popular electronic artist Marshmello is teasing a comeback to Fortnite Island – and we’re absolutely thrilled if it’s true. Way back in February 2019, Fortnite hosted it’s first virtual concert with a ten-minute show from Marshmello – an event that reportedly drew in over 10 million concurrent players. As we know now, the success of this event sparked a series of incredible collaborations with artists like Ariana Grande and Travis Scott.
But, why do we think Marshmello is next on the programme? Well, he tweeted out a very cryptic statement just half an hour before the server downtime for Fortnite update 21.30 started. If you were lucky enough to check out the first virtual concert from Marshmello, you’ll know what he’s talking about.
If you’re wondering what Marshmello actually said in his tweet, he said this: “I miss Pleasant Park”. It’s a simple statement, sure. But, it’s also a clear reference to his 2019 virtual concert – which was hosted in the now-removed Pleasant Park POI. So, although Epic Games hasn’t confirmed anything just yet, it’s not completely impossible to think that this could be signposting the DJ’s return to the virtual stage at some point in the future.
I miss pleasant park
— marshmello (@marshmello) July 18, 2022
If you’re looking for more evidence, though, reliable Fortnite leaker and data miner ‘iFireMonkey’ has shared some newly revealed in-game files that could reinforce ideas that Fortnite is going to host some kind of in-game concert – featuring Marshmello or otherwise.
As you can see below, iFireMonkey has found a number of in-game files that look like they’re related to an in-game concert stage. It’s hard to tell how big this is, and whether it matches the grandious display we’ve seen from these huge live events in the past, but it’s certainly suspicious timing.
The following files below are considered to be related to a "Concert Stage" on the Fortnite island. pic.twitter.com/3EIgALoIj8
— iFireMonkey (@iFireMonkey) July 18, 2022
Fortnite update 21.30 is available now and the “No Sweat” event is about to kick off. While we don’t know yet whether Marshmello is indeed returning to host a virtual concert, there’s still going to be a lot to look forward to in-game for the next few weeks. It’s also worth noting that the latest Fortnite leaks suggest the battle royale will get four Dragon Ball Z skins – so, expect to hear more about them soon.