Has there ever been a game with as many crossovers as Fortnite? We’ve seen it all, from Radiohead billed as a lobby runway, to players able to wear Jordan outfits and sneakers, to pop singer Ariana Grande becoming a playable character with her own story arc.
For the weight of playable characters, Fortnite could still correct being a bit short of the Super Smash Bros. franchise. –– but the breadth of collaborations puts Nintendo’s beloved brawler to shame. You won’t soon see musicians like Marshmello or sports stars like England football captain Harry Kane take on Mario.
Amid Fortnite’s endless collaborations, some of the most exciting have involved characters from other games – with Gears Of War’s Kait Diaz and Marcus Fenix being among the last to join in on the action.
This category, however –– of characters from the larger game universe –– is pretty much endless. So, just for fun, we wanted to suggest a few possibilities for future additions to Fortnite.
You could argue that the character crossover phenomenon started in the late ’80s and early’ 90s with SNK’s beat-em-ups; King Of Fighters games basically consisted of tournaments between characters from other franchises like Fatal Fury and Metal Slug. In 1999, SNK also partnered with Capcom for the SNK Vs Capcom series, which pitted SNK characters such as Terry Bogard and Leona against characters like Zangief from Street Fighter and Rolento from Final Fight. Considering that Street Fighter’s Ryu and Chun-Li have made appearances in Fortnite before, some duo-to-duo Battle Royale action would be pretty cool. Either way, we would love to see some of the SNK roster introduced to Fortnite.
We know… we know… Nintendo doesn’t license its characters for anyone else’s games. Never. But that’s also what everyone was saying about Disney, until Kingdom Hearts came along. Incidentally, Star Fox’s IP is a part Nintendo hasn’t visited in some time; McCloud’s last appearance in Star Fox Adventures on Gamecube dates back to 2002! This game was a 3D action / adventure – think Super Mario 64 et al – – that paved the way for today’s sandbox style games, like Fortnite. So if Nintendo were to see him again, and maybe if Fox were a limited-time character used to promote a Star Fox revival on the Nintendo Switch game… maybe it could happen?
You might not have realized it if it wasn’t your favorite gaming area, but online casinos – and slots in particular – produce a lot of colorful characters these days. Rich Wilde is perhaps the most recognizable of the bunch. He’s been with us since the release of Rich Wilde And The Aztec Symbols in 2013 and has since been attached to a number of hit slot games such as Aztec Idols and Tome Of Madness. Wilde is a handsome, brash (sounds familiar?) Archaeologist who just exudes a sense of adventure. It would definitely be a fun addition, and we have a hunch that casino developers wouldn’t mind loaning it out to gain visibility.
While Rich Wilde paved the way for slot machine heroes, there have been plenty in his wake. Most notable among the hemlines are the holder Gonzo from Gonzo’s Quest and Cashtro from Cashtro’s Voyage. Both games are about exploring new adventurous lands and waters. But while Gonzo has had the biggest impact on the online casino industry, the Cashtro’s Voyage slot hosted at Gala Bingo features a more battle-ready character. This game was originally programmed by Konami, so it should come as no surprise; the company has created memorable game characters ranging from 1981 Frogger and Bomberman to Metal Gear’s Solid Snake. Cashtro, for his part, is a beefy starship captain who seems ready to pounce on Fortnite and do some damage.
Not Top Gun’s Goose, but the character from… well… Untitled Goose Game. It is basically a game in which a goose annoys you endlessly. It would take a special type of player to play like The goose; everyone hated this goose. But if Epic wants to sell more in-game weapons for Battle Royale, this would be a smart character to adopt. Take that goose out at the very start of a battle before it starts to bore you with rakes? So satisfying. People want to atomize this goose from space. Twice.
“I was an adventurer like you. Then I took an arrow in the knee. It’s been a quote meme for a long time, coming out of the Elder Scrolls forums and ending up posted endlessly in Reddit’s responses to the most unlikely topics. Wouldn’t you like to know a story? What was the life of this enigmatic guard like and how did he end up on the wrong side of a talented archer? It would be a great ironic addition… especially if its equivalent of a head butt was a blow to the knee.
We love it, of course. When it comes to new characters, Fortnite has already tapped into such a diverse portfolio that we might see the game embrace one of them – or none of them. Whatever Epic has in the pipeline, however, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be memorable.