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Fortnite Batman Comic Could Hint at Samus Tie-In

Fortnite fan theories suggest Samus could be on her way to the game.
Fortnite fan theories suggest Samus could be on her way to the game. / Photo courtesy of Nintendo

Call it wishful thinking if you like, but Fortnite fans are speculating that Metroid protagonist Samus Aran could be coming to the battle royale based on a panel in a recent Batman/Fortnite comic book.

The comic, Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point, depicts Batman's adventures after being sucked into Fortnite's world. The series ties in with Batman's recent appearance as a playable character in-game.

Fans think the third silhouette from the left could be Samus.
Fans think the third silhouette from the left could be Samus. / Photo courtesy of Epic Games, via GameSpot

At one point in the comic, while the main action focuses on Batman riding a car off a cliff, three silhouettes can be seen in the background. One of those silhouettes has big, rounded shoulders reminiscent of Samus' iconic Power Suit.

On its own, this makes for flimsy evidence. What has fans excited about this spotting is that a document revealed during the trial between Epic Games and Apple showed Samus was at one point in consideration for being added to Fortnite as a character. The document in question was never meant for public viewing, and it's not clear talks between Epic and Nintendo have developed since that moment, so it's still not a sure thing the space bounty hunter is coming to Fortnite.

Crazier things have happened. Microsoft's Master Chief and Sony's Kratos have both appeared in Fortnite at this point; it's not so hard to imagine Samus following the same path. And Epic does have a penchant for the obscure clue.

For its part, Nintendo is notoriously protective of its IP, so Samus appearing in Fortnite may be a tough sell. If it did happen, it would likely be as part of a campaign to build hype around the perennially-upcoming-but-never-launching Metroid Prime 4.