A collaboration between Fortnite and Naruto was originally rumored after the character was mentioned in the leaked Epic Games Quarterly Business Review. However, no further information was released in the months that followed.
Details were leaked later in July of that year, along with the mention of an upcoming “explosive kunai weapon”. Epic Games was reportedly in talks at the time to use the Japanese character in a future Battle Pass to unlock him as the max beast. The leaker who disclosed this information also stated that the “explosive kunai weapon” would be released in Chapter 2, Season 8.
In September, Epic Games Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard met a little Fortnite streamer in real life and shared with them some information about the game’s future. That streamer later streamed live on Twitch, sharing some of the details Donald had given him about Chapter 2, Season 8. One of those details was that Naruto would be 100% in Season 8 Battle Pass, but Donald Mustard quickly exposed the “confirmation” as a misunderstanding.
Recently, Leaker HYPEX shared some information about a possible Naruto NPC that was added to the files in v18.20. A new NPC codenamed “HeadbandK” was added and had no icons or information associated with it. The Naruto character is known to often wear a headband, and Epic usually retains codenames related to cosmetics. This is only a rumor, but it is likely that the NPC “HeadbandK” is Naruto.
We’ll keep you posted as more information about the Fortnite x Naruto collaboration emerges.
You can view all of the leaked cosmetics from update v18.21 here.
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