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Fortnite has gotten so big that even Thanos, the ultimate villain of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plays the game. In fact, he'll be the star of a new limited event starting this Tuesday, May 8.
This news comes to us via Entertainment Weekly, who recently had a chat with Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo, as well as Epic Games Creative Director Donald Mustard. They dropped a few details pertaining to the event, which goes live in Fortnite this week across all version of the game, including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux, and mobile. Sadly, we have no idea when the event will wrap up, so we'd recommending jumping in as soon as it goes live and selecting the "Infinity Gauntlet" special mode.
According to the announcement, the mode will start out exactly like the standard version of the game. Up to 100 players will be dropped onto the map where they'll battle for supremacy while grabbing gear and doing their best to outgun their opponents. The one major twist, though, is that the Infinity Gauntlet will be hidden somewhere on the map, and the player who picks it up will literally turn into Thanos and wield the gauntlet's awesome powers.
Again, the original report was a bit light on the details, but we figure additional information about the gauntlet is being kept under wraps so players can discover its secrets when the mode goes live. Our guess is that the usual gear tracker in the HUD will be replaced by the Infinity Stones, which you can then select and use as you see fit. That's just speculation, though, and we have no idea what those abilities might look like in the game world. We figure Thanos will be especially resilient, too, because it would be a real bummer to earn the power of the Infinity Gauntlet only to be taken out from afar by a single sniper shot.
As it turns out, this collaboration was not originally cooked up by Epic. The Infinity War directors actually play Fortnite and apparently relied on the game to unwind while editing the film. They reached out to Mustard at Epic to get the ball rolling and, at the end of their conversation, they had a broad idea for the mode that will soon go live.
Even if you aren't a fan of Infinity War and the MCU, we imagine this mode will be worth checking out once it drops into Fortnite. Crazy events like this have helped set the game apart from other offerings in the battle royale genre and, now that major crossover events are a possibility, there's no telling what the future might hold for the biggest game in the world.
My vote? There's a new Jurassic World movie on the horizon. Just sayin'.