The first news about the possible addition of Samus Aran to Fortnite happened in 2021 when materials in the Epic Games v. Apple case became public. This addition was planned between December 2020 and March 2021, a period when Fortnite introduced Master Chief and Kratos— the faces of consoles produced by Microsoft and Sony, respectively.

Former Epic Games creative director Donald Mustard revealed in a recent interview why Samus did not appear in Fortnite. According to Mustard, Nintendo did not oppose their characters appearing in Fortnite. However, Nintendo is such a company that they are really interested in the exclusivity of their IP and insisted that the skins could only be purchased by Switch owners.

Mustard and Epic Games chose not to adhere to Nintendo's requirement because it went against the spirit of the game. For a long time, one of the main features of Fortnite has been its cross-platform. It doesn't matter which device you use, and the developers focus on maintaining consistency in in-game content across all platforms. Although Samus Aran is, without a doubt, an iconic character in the history of video games and would have drawn a lot of money, the long-term effect was not worth it.

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