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Fortnite’s Halloween event turns Ariana Grande into ‘the galaxy’s greatest monster hunter’

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The cubes have mobilized

Fortnite’s big Halloween event, Fortnitemares, is making its return. But this year’s edition comes with a fun twist: one-time Fortnite performer Ariana Grande is now officially part of the game’s lore, with a questline that turns her into “the galaxy’s greatest monster hunter.”

The event runs from today until November 2nd, and — in keeping with this season’s theme — it’s centered on the ever-present cubes that now dominate Fortnite’s island. The story event is called “The Wrath of the Cube Queen,” and developer Epic describes it like this:

Since Fortnitemares began (and even before), the cubes have been mobilizing. Their migration towards the island’s center wasn’t just to spread corruption — they’re now at the center forming the Convergence. What is the purpose of this mysterious structure?

You’ve come across the cubes and fought back the cube monsters, but a new force has joined their ranks: Caretakers are the Cube Queen’s strongest warriors yet. Tall, foreboding, shadowy apparitions, their spectral tendrils pull you directly into the sideways for a showdown on their home turf. Survive a Caretaker’s assault and you’ll walk away all the richer.

Things don’t end there. The Cube Queen’s wrath has given rise to a new sideways weapon — the sinister sideways scythe — as well as returning items like witch brooms and the pumpkin rocket launcher. Use the scythe and these wicked supplies to hold your own in battle.

The event will also include the return of the Horde Rush mode, as well as new quests from several characters. This is where Grande comes in: a new version of her, called “Spacefarer Ariana Grande,” will be introducing a questline about hunting monsters. As per usual, completing quests will unlock some free goodies like gliders and pickaxes. Check them out in the gallery below:

While the main event itself is starting now, Epic has been getting into the Halloween spirit for the last week or so, with new additions to the game ranging from The Walking Dead’s Rick Grimes to Frankenstein’s monster to a skeleton designed by street artist Kaws. There’s even a short film festival coming.