As the Epic and Apple legal battle escalates, it makes sense that more and more documents would be created for attorneys and other law officials to understand the history of both companies. Thankfully, leakers, dataminers and even I got our hands on one these documents which explore some previously confidential details in Fortnite in greater detail. I won’t link the document PDF, but I will explain what it has to offer.
Fortnite’s History With Collaborations
The first bit goes over some information about Fortnite’s history with collaborations and statistics based off them. Chapter 2, Season 2 (Otherwise known as Season 12) featured the likes of comic legend Deadpool and rap artist Travis Scott, which seriously boosted Fortnite’s popularity to extraordinary heights. Chapter 2, Season 2’s Battle Pass also became the highest-selling Battle Pass since Chapter 1, Season 6’s, most likely due to the inclusion of Deadpool and the fact that people were stuck at home during the Coronavirus pandemic. Shortly after, Travis Scott held a concert in April 2020 which broke every Fortnite user record and boosted Scott to the top of all streaming charts, which Apple heavily advertised. You can view the virtual concert below.
There was also a chart listing the top collaborations by revenue:
The Club: Scrapped VIP Service
Other notes included something called “The Club”, which the official promo image below describes itself as a VIP-esque service where you and your friends can hang out, level up and earn rewards. This service was supposed to be a subscription service for $12, apparently offering every Battle Pass forever, 1000 V-Bucks every month, and exclusive cosmetics. Sounds familiar? The Club was most likely a prototype for Fortnite Crew, seeing how you can earn services like Spotify Premium just by subscribing to the Crew.
Apparently, we were supposed to have a big NBA crossover in the game, which makes sense, seeing the attention NFL gets from Epic. This included a location in Party Royale called “Downtown Dunk”, a minigame, frequent sports events and a Lebron James Icon Series outfit, which were all planned for October 2020.
Scrapped Or Delayed Collaborations
According to the document, collaborations that were cancelled or delayed included:
- J Balvin (Icon Series, originally slated for September 2020)
- Ariana Grande (Icon Series, originally slated for October 2020)
- Lady Gaga (Icon Series, originally slated for December 2020)
- Samus (As part of Season 15’s warrior theme)
- Naruto (As part of Season 15’s warrior theme)
- Katniss Everdeen (As part of Season 15’s warrior theme)
- The Bride (As part of Season 15’s warrior theme)
- Snake Plissken (As part of Season 15’s warrior theme)
- John McClane (As part of Season 15’s warrior theme)
- Dwayne Johnson (Icon Series, originally slated for Q1 2021)
- Chapter 2, Season 5 (Season 15) was originally slated for release on November 12, 2020, but instead released that December. It was also supposed to be themed around warriors, not hunters.
- Cars were originally slated to debut on July 21, 2020, but in reality, actually released on August 5 of that year.
- Neymar Jr. was supposed to be released on September 24, 2020, but ended up in the Chapter 2, Season 6 Battle Pass instead, which released in March of the following year.
- TheGrefg outfit was intended to debut on October 1, 2020, before being pushed back to January 2021 for unknown reasons.
- The Lazarbeam outfit was intended to be released in December 2020, but released in March 2021 instead.
- In February 2019, Apex Legends released and grabbed the attention of many Fortnite players. Shortly after, during the Valentines Day 2019 challenges, Epic promised a free Season 8 Battle Pass for people who completed these missions. It is now confirmed that they were doing it in competition with Apex.