"Fortnite" players will soon be donning the mighty fists of the Hulk, while early September's "The Avengers" is receiving a pre-launch beta and post-launch Hawkeye storyline.
For seventeen days in August, "Fortnite" players will be able to claim and keep two pairs of oversized Hulk hands for the cost of nothing but their time.
In the latest of Epic Games' many crossovers with comic book and movie blockbuster brands Marvel (owned by Disney) and DC Comics (Warner Bros.), a new modification for the standard "Fortnite" pickaxe is coming. Players don't have to complete any "Fortnite" challenges to get them -- but they do have to get involved with "Marvel's Avengers" during a key testing and marketing phase.
The Hulk Smashers can be worn in two styles: the superhero's giant green mitts or as Iron Man's hefty red-and-gold Hulkbuster gauntlets. They're received as a pair, and can be obtained during any one of four separate beta testing phases.
How does it work? Well, anyone wanting the Hulk Smasher and Hulkbuster combo has to link not only their Square Enix account but also their PlayStation or Xbox account to their "Fortnite" account over on Epic Games.
From August 7 to 9, there's a PlayStation 4 beta for those that have pre-ordered Square Enix's "Marvel's Avengers"; all PS4 players are invited to join in for a second August 14-16 trial.
August 14-16 also sees the Xbox One pre-order beta get underway, with an open beta for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 running August 21-23.
(There are also betas running on PC -- August 14-16 for pre-orders and 21-23 for the rest of us -- but these are being conducted through Epic's competitor Steam, so no dice on the Hulk-hands "Fortnite" bonus.)
Completion of three HARM Challenges in the "Marvel's Avengers" beta should then unlock the new looks for use within Epic's cross-platform hit.
The Hulk pickaxe skin combo will be sold through the "Fortnite" item shop at a later date -- a hint that future "Avengers" promotions are already lined up.
Square Enix's Crystal Dynamics team also announced that Marvel superhero Hawkeye will be introduced as a free post-launch addition.
Not only is the character joining the game, he'll also be privy to his own selection of missions, appropriately so given the movie version's off-piste exploits between 2018's "Avengers: Infinity War" and 2019's "Avengers: Endgame."
Crystal Dynamics explained the whole thing in a 40-minute livestreamed presentation, part of a monthly War Table series for its game.