The trial between Epic Games and Apple on Fortnite continues to bring very interesting revelations, including some plans that the company had worked out for content and special events in his battle royale game, including a crossover with Metroid and concerts by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande within the shared online world.
A document of June 2020, published in the various papers related to the process, referred to the bounty hunter season now concluded and indicates that in the initial projects the inclusion of Samus Aran by Metroid as a special character, who should have joined Master Chief and Kratos, who were instead included in Fortnite.
Apparently, the agreements with Nintendo did not go the right way and Samus Aran did not return to the event, but this does not exclude that a later partnership of the genre, also considering how the protagonist of Metroid could easily find space in the varied cast of the game Epic Games, which recently also hosted Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn.
There were also other characters initially foreseen, coming from outside the videogame field: in the document appear Naruto Uzumaki, Katniss Everdeen of Hunger Games, the Bride of Kill Bill, Snake Plissken from Escape from New York and John McClane of Die Hard, none of these however was inserted into the game.
Big events were also planned for Fortnite’s hangout mode, with some concerts really big caliber that should have been held in the virtual space of the game: Epic Games was thinking of an Ariana Grande concert in October last year and Lady Gaga in December, after another concert by J Balvin. In the end, only the latter was realized in the Halloween event, while the plans for Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande were evidently shelved.
However, all of this demonstrates how Epic Games intended to further develop the Fortnite environment in the sense of that “metaverse” that Tim Sweeney talks about more and more recently, such as shared virtual environment between users with social and entertainment features.