Epic Games planned to introduce franchises like Metroid and artists like Lady Gaga to Fortnite.
This is evident from a document that emerged from the lawsuit between Epic and Apple. The June 2020 document describes the bounty hunter season. In it, Master Chief from Halo and Kratos from God of War were made available as playable characters. Samus Aran from Metroid was supposed to be included as well. It is not clear why this ultimately fell through.
Other characters that would have made a good addition to Fortnite as far as Epic is concerned include the Bride from the Kill Bill movies, Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, Naruto Uzumaki, John McClane from Die Hard, and Snake Plissken from Escape from New York.
The document also shows plans for performers in Fortnite’s Party Royale mode. J Balvin was scheduled to perform last September, Ariana Grande was scheduled to perform in October and Lady Gaga was scheduled to perform in the popular battle royale game in December. J Balvin’s performance finally took place in October, but Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga never visited the game.
Finally, Epic planned to add dances based on Gangnam Style and Beyonce’s Single Ladies last year. The former dance was added to the game at the beginning of this year, but the Single Ladies dance is nowhere to be seen.
During the lawsuit between Epic and Apple, which started yesterday, several documents were shared containing internal information about Epic Games. It also gave details of the company’s earnings and expenses. In addition, it appears that Sony requires a margin of turnover from some publishers that add cross-play to their games.