Friday ‘Nite is a weekly Fortnite column in which GameSpot Editor Mark Delaney takes a closer look at current events in the wide world of Fortnite, with a special focus on the game’s plot, characters and story.
In case you missed it, the oft-rumored Fortnite Dragon Ball Z crossover has been officially teased by Epic this week, thanks to a tantalizing image of Shenron. shared on twitter. It didn’t take long for the teaser to replace Fortnite’s Naruto teaser as the most liked tweet in Fortnite Twitter history. That’s not a perfect metric for measuring popularity; after all, Dragon Ball Z (DBZ) is an older series and may have more Twitter followers than Naruto.
Still, it’s obvious that the DBZ crossover will be one of the game’s biggest collaborations in its nearly five-year history, possibly its biggest yet. Given that the last few years are filled with collaborations like Star Wars, Ariana Grande, DC, and even an entire Marvel-focused season (Episode 2, Season 4), that’s an incredibly high bar. But right now, it looks like DBZ will become the new top brand in a long line of near-constant crossovers.
That got me thinking: What could be more important? There are very few brands that haven’t been in the game yet, and among those that haven’t, perhaps none could be bigger. In posing this question to the broader editorial team at GameSpot, I got some good suggestions, and some jokes I’m hesitant to share here. The only suggestion that I think is actually the correct and obvious answer came from GameSpot editor (and walking encyclopedia of Apex Legends) Jordan Ramée. Your best guess? Pokemon.
Of course. Pokémon is the white whale of crossovers. As the world’s highest grossing brand, anything with the license to include the pocket monsters in its merchandise or intellectual property (IP), be it school supplies, t-shirts, video games or anything else, would surely compete to be the most lucrative version of said merchandise or intellectual property. . A crossover of Fortnite and Pokémon would make numbers like never before in the game, certainly in my mind.
That leads to the equally important follow-up question: when, if ever, could it happen? The Pokemon Company, the label responsible for managing and licensing the IP brand, is owned by a triumvirate of Nintendo, Creatures, and Game Freak. Collaboratively, these three companies decide where Pokémon appear, and while there’s no shortage of Pokémon backpacks and pool toys, it seems the group is pretty choosy when it comes to Pikachu and the rest of the iconic creatures appearing in video games outside. Of the brand. own self.
I bet Epic has already pursued the Pokemon license, and maybe even been denied permission to use it. If the company hasn’t formally applied yet, it’s likely to be on the agenda for some time to come, even if the chances of success seem slim. Pokémon have rarely appeared in games other than their own. Things like Puzzle Quest and Tetris are about the scope of this in 26 years. His most notable crossover, the recurring appearances in Super Smash Bros., comes naturally as the game is already a mash-up of most of the Nintendo characters. Even the tease of Samus coming to Fortnite seems to have gone nowhere, indicating that maybe Epic was just teasing fans or maybe Nintendo had a change of heart.
Could Pokemon ever make it to Fortnite? It’s hard to see, really. Although the game is not overly violent, it is rated T for Teen in the US, while Pokémon characters rarely appear in a game rated higher than E10+. The only two exceptions are Smash Melee and Smash Brawl, one of which predates the creation of the E10+ rating in 2005. I think that’s important to The Pokémon Company and its efforts to remain friendly to all ages. Lots of kids play Fortnite, but the prominent use of weapons likely disqualifies it from being on a list of potential Pokemon landing spots. It’s a shame, because Pikachu back bling would make numbers.
At the time of writing we don’t know what the scope of the DBZ event will be, but it is rumored that there will be a hub and in-game challenges, like the ones seen during the Naruto event, which will likely hand out some free minor cosmetics as well. of the paid masks destined to arrive. Imagining such an event giving out Charmander sprays, Poke Ball emotes, and other related items would set records in the brand crossing space. Sadly for Epic, and for any fans who want to see it happen, it seems that getting The Pokemon Company to put pen to paper is as easy as seeing Mewtwo.
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