According to Rachel Hoagland, the NFL’s vice president and head of gaming and eSports, the NFL was eager to team up with Epic Games to give the ‘NFL fan audience a great way to express their fandom inside of the Fortnite game … and to really tap into this cultural phenomenon that we have seen now for the past year.’
Fortnite players will soon be able to play in uniforms from all 32 NFL teams and even more
Players will be able to choose uniforms from all 32 NFL teams and also be able to customize it with a number of their choice as well as with the helmets, pants and cleats of totally different teams.
Players will be able to change their number and jersey any time they use the outfit, allowing for exceptional customization and flexibility. The NFL uniforms will also be available for both male and female characters.
‘That is actually very exciting for us, with the avatars being available as females and being able to have females in NFL uniforms for the first time,’ said Hoagland.
Players’ usernames and the names of actual NFL players, however, won’t appear on the back of the Fortnite jerseys, meaning that Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers will still have to duel on the gridiron field rather than the Fortnite map.
NFL-themed emotes, gliders and harvesting tools will also be available in addition to the NFL outfits. Male and female referee outfits will also be available in the Fortnite item shop.
Referees will be able to signal touchdowns and first downs as ‘a way to bring some fun and some pop culture relevance to the game,’ according to Hoagland.
Notably, the deal between Epic Games and the NFL is the first time the video game developer has partnered with an outside group to introduce themed skins into the game.
‘We have so many football fans at Epic and we know a lot of the game’s fans share that same enthusiasm. Allowing our players to represent their favorite teams in the game was too cool of an opportunity for us to pass up and we couldn’t be happier with how they turned out!’ said Epic Games cofounder Mark Rein in a statement.
Three variations of the new skins in both male and female form will be available to buy.
The NFL-themed skins can be purchased in the Fortnite Battle Royale item shop for V-Bucks, just as with other outfits. Prices will be comparable with other skins currently available for purchase in the video game.
The NFL skins will be available in the Fortnite Battle Royale item shop starting on Friday, November 9.
What is Fortnite?
Fortnite is a free-to-play shooter video game published and developed by Epic Games.
Boasting a player base that includes a staggering 125 million people worldwide, the video game was released in July 2017 with its popular battle royale mode being implemented in September 2017.
The game mode sees 100 players battle it out in intense, action-packed matches that blend traditional action-shooter gameplay with scavenging for weaponry and gear and building forts.
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