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Why Fans Think Metroid Is Coming To Fortnite

"Fortnite" is no stranger to routine crossover events, which range from video game character skins like Kratos from the "God of War" franchise to movie-related character skins like the Terminator. Based on an image found in an Epic Games quarterly business review — released as part of the ongoing lawsuit between the gaming publisher/developer and Apple — fans have theorized that Samus Aran of the "Metroid" series may be one of the next skins coming "Fortnite." This rumor has been further reinforced by what appeared to be a Samus Aran silhouette in the latest issue of the "Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point" comic series.

As shared by GamesRadar, page 12 of the third issue of "Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point" would appear to hint toward Samus Aran's entrance onto the "Fortnite" scene. The illustration shows a Samus-shaped silhouette standing to the right of two other obscured figures. The trio are standing on a cliff, looking down at Batman in an ominous fashion. 

Aside from the oversized shoulder pads that seem to resemble Samus, there aren't any specific details on the page that would assuredly identify the silhouette as Samus Aran. However, given the information in Epic's quarterly business review, it would make sense for the shadow to be, at the very least, a cheeky reference to the iconic Nintendo franchise.

Stacking up against the competition

"Fortnite" has now welcomed a few major characters from Nintendo's two main competitors, Sony and Microsoft, each as skins. This includes the aforementioned Kratos, who was confirmed in a tweet by PlayStation in December 2020. In addition, Aloy of the Sony-exclusive "Horizon" series became a character skin in "Fortnite" in April. Also, Master Chief was the first Xbox-exclusive character skin to be featured in "Fortnite." Although it rubbed salt in some "Halo" fans' wounds, what with the reveal coming well after the delay of "Halo: Infinite," it still brought an Xbox franchise fully into the "Fortnite" fold.

If "Fortnite" added a Samus Aran skin, it would tie up loose ends in a way, as "Fortnite" could then claim it has crossed over with franchises from the three gaming titans dominating the console market. Moreover, Samus would arguably be one of the more fitting Nintendo characters to add as a "Fortnite" skin. Whereas characters like Mario and Kirby feel more out of place within the gameplay and mechanics of "Fortnite," Samus would fit right in, thanks to an arm cannon shooting a variety of projectiles, as well as some very enviable armor.