After months of in-game teasing, Marvel’s Black Panther has finally been added to the Fortnite video game on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Windows, and all other supported platforms. Unfortunately, there’s a bit of a catch.
Instead of being made available to purchase as a standalone skin with Vbucks (Fortnite’s in-game currency) Black Panther is being offered as part of a character bundle that includes Captain Marvel and Taskmaster and costs real-world money.
From a marketing perspective, this is a smart move by Marvel as it exposes gamers to Captain Marvel and Taskmaster, both who are set to appear in upcoming Marvel movies (the former in Captain Marvel 2 and the latter in Black Widow) and are currently much less popular than the king of Wakanda. From a player’s perspective though, it could rub some the wrong way as those who just want to play as Black Panther will now need to pay three times what they would have paid otherwise. It’s especially a hard sell for those that have no interest in Captain Marvel or Taskmaster at all.
In good news, the Wakanda Forever emote is being awarded to Fortnite players for free after they complete three in-game challenges. A special trailer was released to promote the emote and character bundle and it’s surprisingly emotional, clearly being a bit of a homage to the recently deceased actor who brought T-Challa to life on the big screen, Chadwick Boseman.
While it has yet to be officially confirmed, it’s incredibly likely that all of the above content was originally set to launch during Fortnite's previous season, which was heavily Marvel focused and featured several Black Panther references, but was delayed after Boseman’s passing.
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