Avengers: Infinity War’s supervillain Thanos is coming to Fortnite: Battle Royale, thanks to a limited time event entitled the Infinity Gauntlet Mashup.
As Epic Games describes on its blog, the limited-time event, which started on 8 May, will drop Thanos’s Infinity Gauntlet – equipped with all six Infinity Stones – somewhere on the map. According to Epic Games: “The first to equip the Gauntlet will transform into the mighty Thanos and wield the Gauntlet’s power! You will need some serious firepower to take down Thanos. Only Rare, Epic and Legendary weapons appear in this Limited Time Mashup. Take down Thanos, equip the Gauntlet and claim Victory!”
As yet, it is unclear how long the Infinity Gauntlet Mashup will last, although similar limited-time events have tended to persist for a week or so in Fortnite in the past. Entertainment Weekly managed to shed some light on how the Avengers/Fortnite collaboration came about, thanks to an interview with Avengers: Infinity War co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
Joe Russo said: “Over the past few months, while we were editing Infinity War, we’d take breaks to hop on and get in a few games. And then we started thinking, how cool would it be to have some kind of Avengers–Fortnite mashup? So we stalked Donald.” That was Donald Mustard, Epic Games’ Worldwide Creative Director, who 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.”
Fortnite’s Infinity Gauntlet Mashup is now live; we’ll keep you posted with any further relevant information as it emerges.