Fortnite’s Next Big Crossover Is With Futurama

Bite my shiny metal ass and praise Hypnotoad! Epic just announced that Futurama is the next big IP that is getting dumped and mushed into the pop culture slurry that is the free-to-play battle royale juggernaut Fortnite.

For those who aren’t as cool as Slurms McKenzie and don’t know much about Futurama, here’s the 411: Back in 1999, Simpsons creator Matt Groening and writer David X. Cohen developed an animated comedy starring a man who accidentally gets sent into the future via cryogenics and a prank pizza order. He quickly meets up with some loveable scamps, like Bender the drinking robot, and goes on wild adventures involving aliens, sci-fi cliches, and modern-day celebs who live in the future as jars in heads. The show has been canceled and brought back a few times, leading to this month’s newest season on Hulu. And just in time for Futurama’s (third) return, Epic is teasing a big Fortnite event.

On July 25, the official Fortnite Twitter account posted a very (very) short teaser showing the famous Planet Express delivery spaceship flying toward a large building that was displaying the glorious Hypnotoad. As is tradition and just like in the opening of every Futurama episode, the Planet Express ship ends up crashing into the building’s digital billboard, destroying it in the process.

As part of the short teaser and tweet, Epic also published a link to a YouTube video that will go live tomorrow, July 26, at… *double checks time* 4 a.m CST. Come on Epic, that’s too late for a weekday. Anyway, presumably this video will be released alongside the Futurama content, which at least seems to include a Planet Express glider as seen in the teaser.

As for what else could appear in Fortnite as part of this animated crossover, there’s a lot of options. We could potentially see Futurama characters like Bender, Fry, Leela, and Zap Branigan show up in the store as skins. Perhaps a backpack that contains Nibbler or Fry’s dead dog fossil? Maybe even the Robot Devil!?

As excited as I am for this new Fortnite update, and I am very excited, I’m also a little sad. With each new franchise and IP that Fortnite consumes, it becomes a bigger, more gelatinous glob of references and iconic characters. A hungry machine that must always be fed and which is never satisfied. This is how everything seems to be going these days, as more and more pop culture blends together. I fear a future where all media exists in only a handful of places and nothing is allowed to be its own thing. But until then, I’ll enjoy killing randos in Fortnite as Bender.

The Fortnite and Futurama Crossover Is Here And It’s Perfect

Good news, everyone! We’ve got our first look at what Futurama characters actually look like in Fortnite now that the collab has gone live in the battle royale shooter. Fry, Bender, and Leela are now available in the Item Shop as playable outfits. There are also some neat variants on these outfits, a new gun, and more.

Fortnite is no stranger to crossovers from other media universes. Characters from well-loved franchises have long been one of the highlights of the wildly popular battle royale. The addition of Futurama, however, is such a great fit that it’s a wonder it hasn’t happened sooner. Known for eccentric, absurd, and memorable humor, the spirit of Futurama is likely to be well received in the game, joining the massive roster of characters from other cartoons, video game series, and comics. The update arrives just as the show returns from a 10-year absence.

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New outfits feature Universe 1 alternates, pickaxes, and back bling

Each of the new outfits feature an in-universe variant, each based on the character’s Universe 1 version, which was introduced in Futurama in season four with “The Farnsworth Paradox.” Each character also receives a unique pickaxe and back bling.

Bender will wield an unbendable girder pickaxe, with Ben Rodríguez as his back bling. Fry gets the alluring hypnotoad as his back bling, along with a giant nutcracker pickaxe. And our one-eyed gal Leela gets a solid gold fiddle as her pickaxe with nibbler as her back bling.

The Futurama crossover also includes a Planet Express ship glider and (you knew this was coming) a Zoidberg scuttle emote.

Fortnite is also adding Bender’s shiny metal raygun as a discoverable weapon from now until version 25.30. You can either find it randomly on the map or purchase it from Bender (who’s now also an NPC) at the Pier in Mega City. As a note: Bender’s shiny metal raygun won’t be available in tournaments.

Unvaulted weapons and new reality augments

The latest Fortnite update also includes another new gun (unrelated to Futurama): the Mammoth Pistol, a single-shot, heavy ammo weapon found throughout the island. There’s also a Pistol Recycle Reality Augment which gives your pistol shots a chance to fire at no ammo cost. Epic Games has also unvaulted the Desperate Reality Augment, allowing for faster reloads on an empty mag.

Scoped weapons will also get a boost with the Scoped Salvo augment, adding increased damage to scoped shots in exchange for a decreased fire rate.

Finally, the Lever Action Shotgun has been unvaulted, now discoverable across the island.

The Futurama and Fortnite crossover update is available today, July 26, 2023.

Overwatch’s Diablo 4 Crossover Finally Gives Moira A Good Skin

Overwatch 2 announced its creepy season seven, Rise of Darkness, in a teaser trailer on October 2. The full trailer will go live on October 4, but, for now, fans should prepare for a Diablo IV crossover.

The brief teaser keeps the extent of the crossover close to its chest, but it at least confirms that Rise of Darkness will involve the Tristram Cathedral final point in Blizzard World, a map introduced in 2018 that features different sections dedicated to developer Blizzard’s myriad franchises. Humanoid Omnic bots hover among the desolate brick, along which one of Diablo’s red portals has stretched open.

Hero Wrecking Ball’s typically chrome-colored shell rolls through, decorated in black, red, and gold, which is more suited to Diablo’s fire and brimstone. But the real showstopper is support character Moira, whose Lilith skin is a stylized version of the Diablo IV demoness’s instantly recognizable regalia. Moira ditches her typical cybergoth bodysuit to, like the original Lilth, get crowned with twisted goat horns, ridged, reptilian eyebrows, and black lipstick. Her usual black-and-purple color palette is retained, though, in a V-neck outfit topped with gnarled shoulder pads. In other words, as one Reddit commenter put it, she is “mothering hard.”

Rise of Darkness leaks from Bulgarian streamer bogur also point to a battle pass stocked with a super rare Mythic skin (this kind of skin has some customization options including color palettes and detail variations, and unlocks in stages as you progress through the battle pass) for the archer Hanzo, and then, some more Halloween-appropriate looks: a gothic Ghost Bride dress for Widowmaker and a Victorian Doll outfit for flying robot Echo, topped with a blonde wig that people on Reddit have decided is not be mothering hard, but you can judge for yourself. Each Overwatch 2 battle pass costs $10, or 1,000 Overwatch Coins.

The upcoming season marks yet another seemingly unlikely collaboration for Diablo, which recently added Lilith and fallen angel Inarius to Call of Duty’s operator roster, and, in the summer, joined forces with popstars Halsey and Suga (from BTS) to create a perfectly fine Diablo IV anthem.” At this rate, I’m readying myself for the inevitability of a limited edition, Diablo IV, microbrewed IPA line. Overwatch, too, has had a recent collaboration with One Punch Man as well as a Star Wars-inspired event.

Overwatch 2 Season 7 drops on October 10.


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