One of the biggest crossover rumors in Fortnite right now is that anime icon Naruto will be getting his own skin, and a number of leaks have hinted that it will be happening very soon!
During court proceedings between Epic Games and Apple, loads of potential high-profile collaborations with Fortnite were revealed. While some of them were scrapped, others have since come to fruition, like Lebron James and Ariana Grande.
Arguably one of the most exciting potential crossovers on the list was the legendary manga and anime series Naruto, suggesting that the beloved title character could be arriving on the Fortnite Island at some point in the future.
Below, you’ll find everything we know about the rumored Naruto collaboration in Fortnite, including a potential release date and all the leaks that have surfaced so far.
Naruto Fortnite skin release date
If everyone’s favorite anime ninja Naruto does appear in Fortnite, players can probably expect the skin to be released in Fortnite at some point during Season 8, before it comes to an end on December 5, 2021.
It was originally reported that Naruto would be released on September 13, 2021, as part of the Season 8 Battle Pass, but that turned out to be wrong. Naruto will likely appear in the Item Store as DLC instead.
Is a Naruto skin definitely coming to Fortnite?
While nothing has been confirmed by Epic Games, it certainly seems like Naruto will be coming to Fortnite soon. After details of the potential crossover emerged during court proceedings, Epic later sent out a survey hinting at Naruto’s arrival.
As well as more unusual franchises like Resident Evil and Family Guy, the survey asked if players would be interested in a Rick & Morty collaboration, which of course happened in Season 7. Naruto was also on that list, so it’s not impossible that he could be next.
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The biggest teaser we’ve had so far, though, came after streamer Candywing shared details of their Q&A with Epic Games’ Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard, where Mustard apparently said that Naruto will be in the Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass.
This has since been corrected, with Candywing stating that Naruto will not be in the Battle Pass after all – but that doesn’t mean he won’t show up in the Item Store at a later stage in the season.
Today I had my last talk with donald ❣️
And I wanted to clarify something that it was a misunderstanding from my part and even he told me ( Naruto is NOT IN THE battle pass )
He wanted me to clarify cause he saw everything last night and he got worried
— #Ex Candywing (@qCandywing) September 7, 2021
Of course, with so many iconic characters in the Naruto universe, it might not just be the main character who arrives in Fortnite. Some other obvious skin choices include Sasuke, Sakura, and Kakashi. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.
Naruto in Fortnite leaks
As pointed out by prominent Fortnite leaker Shiina on Twitter, an anonymous source who previously predicted both the Ariana Grande concert and the recent Suicide Squad skins has claimed that Epic have been able to get the rights to Naruto.
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
It’s also been reported by leakers that Epic have signed a deal with Shueisha, the Japanese publishing giant that produces Shonen Jump and part-owns western manga distributor Viz Media.
As well as offering more credibility to the rumored Naruto skin, if this deal turns out to be true, it could also open the door for crossovers with other manga/anime series like Dragon Ball, Demon Slayer, and more.
While we wait for more information on the Naruto collaboration, check out all the leaked upcoming skins in Fortnite right here.