Fortnite has not pulled any punches with its line-up for Party Royale thus far, exposing players to the musical prowess of Steve Aoki, Deadmau5, Diplo, and Major Laser. The battle royale shooter is not stopping there, as its upcoming concert will move beyond the Western market to bring in a Japanese superstar singer for the first time: Kenshi Yonezu.
The widely-popular personality will be hosting a video premiere of his new album STRAY SHEEP, along with other favourites, on 7 August 2020. The in-game broadcast is scheduled for three different timings at 7am EDT, 1pm EDT, and 7pm EDT, with players encouraged to drop in 30 minutes early to secure a spot.
Leading up to the event, a free banner is also available for claims from 6 August, 8pm EDT to 7 August, 8pm EDT.
This marks the first time that a Japanese artiste is invited for the Main Stage – and with a good reason to boot. Back in 2019, Yonezu made Billboard chart history by becoming the first artiste to have the same song, “Lemon”, score Song of the Year for two years running. To date, the official music video has reached 595 million views on YouTube, which is a massively impressive feat in itself. Yonezu is also known for singing various anime theme songs such as Peace Sign for My Hero Academia and Fireworks for the 2017 film Fireworks.
Si Jia is a casual geek at heart – or as casual as someone with Sephiroth’s theme on her Spotify playlist can get. A fan of movies, games, and Japanese culture, Si Jia’s greatest weakness is the Steam Summer Sale. Or any Steam sale, really.