'Fortnite's New Rift Item Looks Straight Out of 'Rick and Morty'
Soon, anybody can put an interdimensional portal in their pocket.
Before long, Rick Sanchez from Rick and Morty won’t be the only person in the multiverse that has instant interdimensional travel in his pocket because Fortnite: Battle Royale is officially getting a new item called the Rift-to-Go.
On Wednesday, a teaser for the new item popped up on the “New Update” board that appears in Fortnite when players log on. The teaser includes a note about Venture gear and the Raptor outfit being in the store, along with a note about the Soaring 50’s LTM, but by far the most interesting of the three is the promise that the Rift-to-Go is “coming soon.”
“A rift you carry in your pocket!” the description reads. “Teleport above your current location and glide down.” So it’s pretty self-explanatory. As awesome as this does sound, we’d vastly prefer Rick’s portal gun.
Functionally, it seems like the Rift-to-Go will work like a combination of the Port-a-Fort and the Launch Pad. The rift portals already work like a Launch Pad, except rather than trampoline players into the air, they teleport players up into the sky where they can then skydive down to a new location. But to deploy a Rift-to-Go, players will probably have to throw it just like a Port-a-Fort, and it’ll instantly teleport them skyward. So rather than being a trap, the Rift-to-Go will take up a full item slot as a kind of pseudo grenade.
Considering players need to build a platform to then build a Launch Pad, the Rift-to-Go’s instantaneous effect makes it much more desirable, especially if a player finds themselves trapped under heavy fire. The teleportation effect also makes the user harder to track from enemy snipers.
On Tuesday, a representative from Epic Games described via Reddit a new item that functions like “an escape plan in your back pocket.” Because that came as a comment on a post about the upcoming 5.30 update, we can safely assume that the Rift-to-Go will be included in the update on Thursday, August 23.
This new item comes at an interesting time considering just last month, Morty Smith and Rick Sanchez found themselves in a battle royale contest over in the Rick and Morty comics.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if Fortnite and Rick and Morty got an even more legit crossover within the game? If Epic Games could somehow get Thanos to show up as a limited time mode, then maybe it’s possible, even if Morty and Rick just show up as outfits.
For the time being, the closest we’ll all get is shouting “wubba lubba dub dub” every time we throw a Rift-to-Go.
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