An internal presentation at Epic Games showed ambitious promotional plans for the game, including a basketball minigame and a planned “Party Royale” featuring Zion Williamson and LeBron James. Disclosed as part of ongoing Epic vs Apple trial, the document comes from a quarterly business review conducted in June 2020.
In addition to a detailed description of the game’s earnings and promotional prospects, the presentation features a new kind of ‘experimental’ venture that will be explored in the Fortnite, including plans to implement a basketball game as part of a wider NBA partnership.
One slide describes the project as “a Fortnite version of arcade basketball,” which would allow players to go to court as an alternative to the traditional battle royale. Another slide teases the release of themed emotes, playoff events, and possible post-game NBA shows in the game.
In particular, there are rumors that Season 6 of the game may feature skin from beloved basketball player LeBron James, driven by accurate analysis of recent update packages. Zion Williamson’s participation is less clear-cut; the document does not refer to him outside of the image above.
Epic Games declined to comment.
Many of the events described in the presentation have already taken place, including an extensive Marvel crossover and the skin partnerships with Brazilian soccer star Neymar and popular streamer LazarBeam.
The presentation also suggests that Epic is working on a themed skin with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as part of the game’s Icon series, scheduled for the first quarter of 2021. No official partnership has been announced yet, but many have been announced. rumors surrounding some kind of crossover, powered by unusual visual similarities between Johnson and a mysterious Season 6 character, as well as a cryptic Instagram post from the star.