Fortnite’s next big brand crossover is, as expected, with new Harley Quinn film Birds of Prey.
Today’s update for the game, version 11.5, has added a purchasable Harley Quinn skin, along with her baseball bat and mallet as pickaxes (thanks, Lucas7yoshi). Expect those in the Item Shop from midnight UK time tonight.
Fortnite first dabbled with DC Comics back at the end of Chapter 1, when Batman and Catwoman cosmetics were added to the game and Fortnite’s island hosted a whole area rethemed into Gotham City. But there’s nothing so elaborate this time around.
Accompanying all of that will be an impending Valentine’s Day-themed event, named Love and War. This will add its own limited-time mode with an accompanying set of challenges and a smattering of free (non-Harley related) cosmetics.
Other changes in today’s patch include the welcome return of Launch Pads in non-competitive modes (which could be key in aiding the game’s current lack of mobility options) and the implementation of Unreal Engine’s Chaos physics engine.
On the latter point, Epic is hoping that – at present – you won’t notice the Chaos engine’s addition. For now, the developer is keen to ensure things still feel as they did beforehand. Presumably this is all a precursor to actual changes, due to arrive during Fortnite’s Chapter 2 Season 2, which begins later this month.