We’ve already got Son Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, and Gohan. Who will be the next Dragon Ball character to join Fortnite?
Did you know there’s such a thing as Goku Day? If not, it’s essentially a day where players commemorate Goku, the main character within the Dragon Ball Z franchise. Since the anime has its first collaboration within the battle royale in Chapter 1: Season 3, Epic Games has continued building its metaverse in the last couple of years. So far, we’ve had characters from various games and shows. We even have skins in the Fortnite Item Shop based on real-life people.
Fast forward to 2023, a handful of Fortnite’s collaborations stretch beyond cosmetics in the in-game store. We might get another anime skin for May if rumors are to be believed. If all goes according to plan, Epic Games will celebrate Goku Day next week in Fortnite.
Data Miners Reveal the Deets
ShiinaBR is a prominent leaker within the Fortnite community that more or less gives accurate information as to what’s to come in the battle royale. According to him, Epic Games is currently working on a male cel-shaded outfit codenamed ‘DualParadox.’ It comes with a Dual-Wield Pickaxe, two Styles, an Emote, and a Wrap. These cosmetics appear to be encrypted in the latest files. Epic could very well release these skins when you log into your Fortnite account without officially announcing it.
Adding fuel to the fire, another leaker that goes by FNAssist stated that it’s highly likely that this ‘DualParadox’ set is based on Zamasu—otherwise known as Goku Black—in commemoration of Goku Day on May 9th. If you’ve actively been reading Dragon Ball Z, then you know that Goku Black is a character who can transform into Super Saiyan Rose. This coincides with the leaks claiming that one of the Outfit’s Styles will have a pink head.
Then there’s G Matrix Games, another reliable leaker and data miner for Fortnite. Based on what he’s seen, there are textures in the current Fortnite files for a Goku Black cosmetic. The model differs from the current Son Goku cosmetic we already had when it was released in the first Dragon Ball x Fortnite collaboration.
Bringing In More Dragon Ball Characters Isn’t Anything New
Anime skin releases aren’t surprising these days—at least in the case of Fortnite. That’s because all the fans are gobbling up these unique, cel-shaded style cosmetics like there’s no tomorrow. The trend started with popular characters like Naruto, followed by My Hero Academia and, more recently, Attack on Titan.
More specifically, Epic Games has taken a liking to the cast of Dragon Ball. The first round of Dragon Ball skins launched in August 2022, when Vegeta and Goku entered the game. Following that up, the creator of the battle royale released another round of Dragon Ball goodness in December 2022. At that time, we got Piccolo and Gohan. If the recent rumors surrounding Goku Day are accurate, a character from Dragon Ball Super may enter Fortnite’s ever-expanding universe.
Translating Special Days From the Real World to Fortnite
We sometimes celebrate special days in the real world that concern pop culture. One such example is Star Wars. The recent Star Wars Day on May 4th saw a crossover event in Fortnite where players complete quests to unlock character cosmetics, such as Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader, and many more. Considering that Star Wars is a multi-billion dollar franchise that has teamed up with Fortnite on more than one occasion, it will likely return to the game again even after its recent events this May.
On the other side of the spectrum, we have Goku Day, which is actually registered and certified by the Japanese Anniversary Association. It’s an official celebration that honors the most famous Dragon Ball character. Since Epic experienced massive success in bringing Dragon Ball cosmetics to Fortnite back then, it’s no surprise for them to bring more characters to their game.
Bringing Characters From Other Franchises Means Money
Epic Games’ collaboration with various franchises has garnered Fortnite a massive fanbase following outside the gaming industry. It’s opened up new avenues for the game’s growth, and it’s certainly not an idea their competitors have thought of doing. Collaborations have become a norm for Fortnite to the point that it’s a staple milking process of Epic’s marketing strategy.
Official sources have not confirmed the details we’ve discussed concerning Goku Day and Goku Black. However, the leakers we’ve mentioned have proven a track record for providing reliable leaks. But as always, remember to take these things with a grain of salt—at least until they’ve got Epic Games backing them up or you actually see the skins in the Fortnite Item Shop.
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