There should be a law of the universe that dictates that anything popular will be in Fortnite. Anime is relatively new territory, but a direct crossover with any of the popular series could open the door to so many more in the future. According to inside sources for r/FortniteLeaks, we could be seeing a Naruto Fortnite crossover soon. So what’s the deal? Is Naruto coming to Fortnite?
Naruto Fortnite crossover leaked for Season 8
This is all still speculative, based on insider information obtained by the moderators at r/FortniteLeaks. We can’t confirm this is true, obviously, but if it is, we could see Naruto in the next season’s Battle Pass.
According to a new public post by the moderators of r/FortniteLeaks, the source who provided them with information about Naruto has now 100% confirmed that Epic was able to obtain the rights for Naruto.
Epic Games is apparently now trying to include him in the next Battle Pass.
— Shiina (@ShiinaBR) July 31, 2021
Naruto is one of those classic anime that almost everyone has heard of. I would argue that the first part of Naruto is essential anime watching over the second Shippuden series, but there’s no questioning the global popularity of Naruto as a whole.
The notion of a Naruto in Fortnite has been in the aether since documents detailing potential crossovers were releases during the Epic Games v. Apple lawsuit. Apparently, the crossover was planned for as early as Season 5.
Since Naruto is the name of the series and the titular character, it’s not clear if just Naruto himself will appear or if his ninja buddies would be along for the ride. My personal favorite that I’d want to see is Rock Lee, because he won’t need ninjutsu if he has a gun.
Battle royale games enjoy immense popularity in both the United States and in Japan. Fortnite’s no exception as one of the most popular games in the world. Put two and two together, and anime crossovers are bound to happen. With the success of licensed characters appearing as Battle Pass rewards in recent seasons, Naruto might be a huge selling point for Chapter 2 Season 8.
Fortnite’s dipped its toes with the anime aesthetic before, using a cel-shaded animation style for skins like C2S5’s Lexa and the Cyber Infiltration Pack. The art style isn’t too out of place, with the slim proportions and big eyes fitting right in. More stylized cartoons like Rick Sanchez in this season’s Battle Pass feel a bit off, but anime is a style that works pretty well in Fortnite.