An inside presentation at Epic Video games confirmed bold promotional plans for the sport, together with a basketball mini-game and a deliberate “Get together Royale” that includes Zion Williamson and LeBron James. Made public as a part of the continued Epic v. Apple trial, the doc comes from a quarterly enterprise evaluate carried out in June 2020.
Along with detailing the sport’s income and promotional outlook, the presentation lays out a brand new sort of “experimental” enterprise to be constructed within Fortnite, together with plans to implement a basketball mini-game as a part of a broader NBA partnership.
One slide describes the mission as “a Fortnite model of arcade basketball,” which might enable gamers to take to the courts as a substitute for the standard Battle Royale. A subsequent slide teases the discharge of themed emotes, playoff occasions, and potential NBA post-game reveals inside the sport.
Notably, rumors have circulated that Season 6 of the sport may embody a pores and skin of LeBron James, beloved basketball participant, pushed by shut evaluation of latest replace packages. Zion Williamson’s participation is much less clear; the doc makes no reference to him exterior of the graphic above.
Epic Video games declined to remark.
Most of the occasions detailed within the presentation have already taken place, together with an intensive Marvel crossover and the pores and skin partnerships with Brazilian soccer star Neymar and in style streamer LazarBeam.
The presentation additionally suggests Epic is engaged on a themed pores and skin with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a part of the sport’s Icon sequence, timed for the primary quarter of 2021. No official partnership has been introduced but, however there have been important rumors round some sort of crossover, pushed by uncommon visible similarities between Johnson and a mysterious Season 6 character, in addition to a cryptic Instagram put up from the star.