The next exciting Fortnite skin collaboration may come with Hidden Leaf headband, with rumors swirling that Naruto will be the latest pop culture icon to join the battle.
Fortnite streamer candywingx discussed Naruto being added to Fortnite on a personal stream. He reportedly spoke with Epic Games executive Donald Mustard, who confirmed the upcoming collaboration. Naruto is a common fan request for a Fortnite crossover and if it succeeds, more anime collaborations could come after.
Naruto, created by author and illustrator Masashi Kishimoto, is one of the best-selling manga and anime franchises of all time. Any anime fan can immediately recognize Naruto Uzumaki’s trademark orange jumpsuit and Hidden Leaf Village bandana. The Naruto x Fortnite skins have no exact release date, but Mustard allegedly stated they would release sometime during Chapter 2, Season 8.
candywing did not specify any specific Naruto skins aside from series protagonist Naruto Uzumaki. His lifelong friend and rival Sasuke Uchiha is a likely pairing but Naruto’s son, Boruto, could also make an appearance to represent the successor series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. Other fan favorites like Gaara, Itachi Uchiha, Neji Hyuga, and Rock Lee could also make the cut.
Regardless of who ends up being added, it will be somewhat strange seeing them wield an assault rifle. This is doubly the case for seeing some of the series’ darker characters flossing.
A Naruto collab will be the first time an anime character has appeared in Fortnite. Various animated series characters have made the jump to Fortnite, with the most notable being the Rick & Morty set. Hopefully, the Naruto skins get the same 2D treatment to represent the series’ signature anime look. But for the most part, Fortnite’s biggest collaborations have been related to comic books and other video games.
Fans are eager for more anime Fortnite collaborations. Many have called for their favorite anime series to get some representation. candywing didn’t specify whether more anime collaborations coming in the future, but recent rumors could point to a partnership between Epic Games and Shueisha. The Japanese publishing company holds the right to more than 200 anime, including One Piece, Attack on Titan, One-Punch Man, Dragon Ball, and many more.