Fortnite just unveiled one of the latest, most ambitious crossover events in history. Developer Epic Games released update 4.1 on Tuesday, which makes a number of quality improvements and a new weapon. But perhaps the biggest change comes as part of a mashup with Avengers: Infinity War in a new gameplay mode called “Infinity Gauntlet.”
“This collaboration started as a simple phone conversation between Epic and Marvel over a mutual appreciation for Fortnite and Avengers,” the team said in its blog announcement. “We worked closely over the following weeks to bring these two worlds together and landed on the Limited Time Mashup, Infinity Gauntlet. When we saw the movie last weekend, which was incredible, we were even more excited.”
From Tuesday, players will be able to play as Thanos as part of a special Battle Royale-style mode. Players that discover the Infinity Gauntlet hidden somewhere on the map will transform into the Marvel villain. It’s all part of the game’s Season 4 round of content, themed around superheroes. It’s unclear what developer Epic Games has in store after the end of this mashup, but rest assured the superpower crossover is unlikely to disappear any time soon.
The first player that seizes control of the gauntlet will wield incredible power, with four abilities including a mighty punch and fire blast. He doesn’t take fall damage and he can’t build — as the patch notes state, “he has no need for such petty human devices.” Opponents will need an incredible amount of power to defeat him. During the game mode, only Rare, Legendary and Epic weapons will appear. Players that take down Thanos can take control of the gauntlet and claim victory for themselves.
The 4.1 update also includes a new weapon for the Save the World mode. The HackSAW is a light machine gun variant that has a long reload time, moderate rate of fire, mild recoil, and high ammunition efficiency. The item will be available from the Weekly Store from Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
It’s not the only Infinity War mashup taking place in video games. The new God of War PS4 game also contains a nod to the film — but do note that it sort of spoils a plot point.