What would you do with the unlimited power and questionably kitsch aesthetics of Thanos’s Infinity Gauntlet? Let’s find out. Starting tonight, Marvel’s bad guy is jumping realities – it’s kind of canon, okay – into Fortnite, with a new, free Avengers: Infinity War mashup mode.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the mode works more or less the same as the game’s standard issue 1v99 hijinks, but now with a megacharged, bedazzled glove in the mix. The Infinity Gauntlet will turn up somewhere on the map, and whoever gets it becomes Thanos. What exactly happens next is a matter of speculation for the moment, but I’m assuming it’s not quite as simple as, you know, snapping your fingers.
“Over the past few months, while we were editing Infinity War, we’d take breaks to hop on and get in a few games,” film director Joe Russo tells Entertainment Weekly. “And then we started thinking, how cool would it be to have some kind of Avengers–Fortnite mashup?”
“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,” explains Epic creative director Donald Mustard. “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.”
The Infinity Gauntlet mode launches tonight on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and will be available for a limited but unconfirmed time.