Fortnite is constantly adding more crossovers than original content

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Fortnite rightfully holds the title of the undisputed king of crossovers in video games, and a look at the numbers shows that Battle Royale is adding more crossovers than original content.

Back in 2018, when Fortnite was climbing the ranks at breakneck speed, the Battle Royale had its first crossover. The Infinity Gauntlet was added to promote Avengers: Infinity War, allowing players to become Thanos as part of a limited time mode.

However, the first Marvel cosmetics wouldn’t come to the game until four seasons later with the arrival of Star-Lord and the original Black Widow skins. In fact, the first crossover cosmetics weren’t introduced until Chapter 1 Season 6 (NFL skins), followed by Marshmello in Season 7.

In the early days, crossovers were few and far between, but now they’re expected for every major movie, video game, and comic book release. Looking at the numbers, it’s clear that Fortnite is constantly adding more crossover content than the original cosmetics.


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The collaboration with Naruto from Fortnite was one of the most anticipated so far.

Old Fortnite vs New Fortnite

When comparing Fortnite Chapter 1 to Chapters 2 and 3, the emphasis on crossovers is night and day. For reference, during the first 10 seasons, there were only 11 crossover “events” and some had very little impact on gameplay.

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But in Chapter 2 Season 5 alone there were 15 different collaborations. This outnumbered the entirety of the Chapter 1 crossovers in a single season.

Even at the start of Chapter 2, the emphasis on crossover content was clear with a massive Star Wars event followed by the debut of Ninja’s Icon Series and Birds of Prey cosmetics packed into a single season.

That would be just the beginning of the acquisition of the collaboration. Crossover content would grow from 8% of new cosmetics added in Chapter 2 Season 1 to a staggering 52% in Chapter 3 Season 1.

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Players could wield the power of Thanos in the first Fortnite crossover.

New Fortnite cosmetics are mostly collaborations

Looking at the numbers provided by fortnite news2,048 cosmetic items have been added since the beginning of Chapter 2. Of which, 522 of these items would be skins, pickaxes, Back Blings, gliders, and more derived from collaborations.

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This shows that roughly 25% of all Fortnite cosmetic items are crossovers, which seems like a healthy balance at first. But looking at the increasing percentage of collaborative content from season to season paints a different picture.

In Chapter 2 Seasons 1-3, less than 10% of all cosmetics were inspired by crossovers. But this quickly jumps to 28% in Season 4 (the completely Marvel-themed season) and steadily increases for the next 6 seasons.

In Chapter 2 Season 8 and Chapter 3 Seasons 1 and 2, approximately 49% of all cosmetics added were crossover content. And in Chapter 3 Season 1, that number reached 52 percent, marking the first season in which more licensed content was added to Fortnite than original content.

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Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 4 was an entire season dedicated to Marvel.

Is there really that much Marvel?

Players often complain that Marvel gets too much attention in Fortnite, but is that really the case? Once again, we can turn to the numbers to find out.

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According to Marvel Series Fortnite Wiki Page, there are 312 Marvel cosmetics in Fortnite. Of the 522 crossover cosmetics in Fortnite, a whopping 60% of them are designated to the Avengers, three different Spider-Men, and MU super misc.

It’s safe to say that Marvel has a massive presence in the Fortnite cosmetics catalog. And the same can be said for crossover content in general.

If Fortnite continues its steady increase in collaboration percentages per season, we may see crossovers that completely outperform the original game content.


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