Horizon Zero Dawn trilogy, Fortnite’s biggest event yet?

TODAY: Got good turnip prices? You might get a visit from a movie star — Sony and Guerrilla wants to turn Horizon into a big series — Phil Spencer promises more Xbox news in the near future

Fortnite's Star Event

12 million Fortnite fans enjoyed virtual concert with hiphop artist Travis Scott

A skyscraper-sized Travis Scott just appeared in Fortnite and temporarily turned the game into an interactive music video.

The event drew more than 12 million concurrent users and started on a regular stage, but quickly escalated and ended up catapulting players into both deep water and deep space.

Not over yet: “To make sure everyone has a chance to experience Astronomical, we’re setting up multiple tour dates with showtimes for players around the globe,” said Epic Games. Travis Scott is also part of the Icon Series, so you can find outfits, emotes and more inspired by his music.

Astronomical encore performances:

  • Friday, April 24 @ 12:00:00 AM GMT+1
  • Friday, April 24 @ 3:00:00 PM GMT+1
  • Saturday, April 25 @ 5:00:00 AM GMT+1
  • Saturday, April 25 @ 4:00:00 PM GMT+1
  • Saturday, April 25 @ 11:00:00 PM GMT+1

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Who was the first artist to stage a virtual concert in Fortnite?

  • Dimitri Vegas
  • Marshmello
  • DJ Khalid
  • DJ DoctorK

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today’s issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Daily Fact

Nintendo and LEGO crossed over long before Mario got his own set

TT Fusion’s 2013 action-adventure LEGO City Undercover features a bunch of Nintendo Easter eggs, because the studio was in talks with Nintendo over a potential Wii exclusive at the time.

One of them is pretty prominent too: Every bus in the game has a license plate saying Epona, Link’s horse from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. There are also a number of Mario-style question-mark blocks hidden around the city, not to mention a Piranha Plant lurking in a pipe.

Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today’s fact.

Elijah Wood Turnip Hunt

Frodo Baggins has some turnips to sell

Turns out tweeting your turnip prices can bag you a visit from world-famous Hobbit Elijah Wood, who appears to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Avid turnip farmer Jessa asked followers to send her a direct message to ask for her dodo code – the code that lets you visit people’s islands – and received a message from the Flipper star, who flew in shortly after with a load of turnips.

Down to Earth: “He was very kind and asked for permission to take my fruit which is the nicest thing a stranger on your island could possibly do,” she recalled. “He seems like a very down to earth guy and I have a lot of respect for him for being so kind and wholesome during such chaotic times.”

Buy low, sell high: Turnip trading is big business in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. You buy the crop on Sundays and then wait for prices to rise – or fall – over the course of the week. If someone gets particularly lucrative turnip prices, they can invite their friends to offload their turnips as well – and maybe have a Hollywood star drop by.

Horizon Zero Dawn Trilogy

More Horizon from Sony and Guerrilla

Sony gave Guerrilla the thumbs-up to turn Horizon into a series with at least two more games after the PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn became a big hit.

The post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure is also appearing on PC this summer, and the second game apparently entered development right after the first was launched in 2017. In other words, you can look forward to more heated battles against wacky robot dinosaurs in the near future.

Always the plan: “[Herman] Hulst has got a very keen mind on where he wants to take Horizon and what the roadmap is – and that roadmap is expressed in multiple years,” PlayStation America’s Shawn Layden told The Telegraph back in 2017.

Bigger, better: The sequel is reportedly much more ambitious, and promises a lot more freedom to explore. There are also rumours of a co-op mode, although it’s not clear if the story can be enjoyed by more than one player, or if it’s a separate, purpose-built adventure.

What Else Happened Today?

  • More Xbox news coming says Phil Spencer, who promises that we won’t have to wait long until the next round of announcements
  • Lead a space agency and win the space race in Mars Horizon, which features an alternate history where space truly is the final frontier
  • Doraemon Story of Seasons first out on Switch and PC in June, before heading to PlayStation 4 in September. Bandai Namco has just released a new trailer for the farming sim
  • Pokémon Journeys: The Series making the journey to Netflix on June 12th, with new episodes following the adventures of Ash and Pikachu appearing quarterly
  • WWE2K21 most likely cancelled after last year’s debacle, 2K promises more details in the future, which appears to mean next Monday
  • Nintendo has confirmed unauthorized logins to “Nintendo Network IDs”, with over 160,000 accounts unfortunately affected and passwords must now be reset
  • Triple Scale Games‬ has released a demo for Save Your Nuts, allowing you to check out this 1 to 8 players chaotic arena party game on Switch, Xbox One and PC

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Who was the first artist to stage a virtual concert in Fortnite?

Answer: Marshmello!

If you need proof that videogames are well and truly mainstream, just look at all the pop star crossovers in Fortnite.

Travis Scott’s recent virtual concert was a huge hit, but it wasn’t the first: That was Christopher “Marshmello” Comstock, who held a concert on February 2nd last year. It was even part of his official tour schedule!

Marshmello “performed” a 10-minute block of his songs in Pleasant Park, and all weapons were disabled for the duration of the concert. Like the recent Travis Scott concert, it had a certain air of surreality, with players floating through the sky as the music swelled. Fingers crossed for a Death Grips X Fortnite collaboration next!

Today’s issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest and Jamie Davey.