The latest Fortnite crossover is all about NBA star LeBron James, who will appear in the game on July 14 ahead of his turn in the terrible-looking Space Jam sequel this weekend. Oh, and he has a Taco Tuesday outfit for some reason. Mmm, tacos.
I’m not gonna lie, these are two things in which I have zero interest, but I can’t deny James looks pretty fly in the traditionally boring Fortnite style. His default, casual outfit is accentuated with a floating crown — a reference to his nickname “King James” — and black crystal shards in the shape of his iconic lion logo. There’s also a slider that augments the look with increasing flecks of gold if you prefer a shinier look. His kicks are even based on real shoes, the Nike LeBron 19s, which are no doubt easier to cop in-game than in real life.
LeBron also comes with a skin based on his Tune Squad appearance in Space Jam: A New Legacy for the five people who are still excited by that sort of thing.
Since its Avengers: Infinity War event in 2018, Fortnite has enjoyed dozens of crossovers with other fictional universes, from Terminator to Rick and Morty. But sometimes, the popular battle royale also invites real-life people into the mix. James joins an eclectic group of previous guest stars that includes popular internet personalities Ninja and TheGrefg, musicians J Balvin and Marshmello, and even fellow athletes like soccer stars Neymar Jr., Harry Kane, and Marco Reus.
While Fortnite previously collaborated with the NBA as a whole back in May, with customisable jerseys based on the league’s 30 teams and specific cosmetic bundles devoted to Donovan Mitchell and Trae Young, this is the first time a basketball player will be playable in the game. I’d say LeBron James, with the legacy he’s garnered during his 18 years in the league, was a good choice for this momentous occasion.