This morning, a new set of quests went live in Fortnite concerning a certain Marvel Superhero. “Wakanda Forever” is a short little quest chain that you’ll handily complete while doing other quests, but it has a nice reward from it: the Wakanda salute, an emote that comes straight out of fiction. It might have people wondering whether or not they’ll be able to do the salute as Black Panther himself. The answer is yes, but not yet.
While nothing is confirmed until it’s in-game, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we will, in fact, get a Black Panther skin. We’ve seen leaked models in-game, and those tend to show up save a few edge cases. We also have an idea of how it will show up, too: leaks indicate that we’re likely going to see a Marvel “Royalty and Warriors” pack that includes Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Task Master, as well as some other cosmetics, for $25. The rumored release date is December 23, but I also wouldn’t be surprised to see it today.
Fortnite also sort of teased it with a weird little emoji-based tweet. As explained in the replies, apparently Taskmaster copies people, hence the camera:
So you’ll be able to get that Black Panther skin pretty soon, in all likelihood. It was probably supposed to go live during Season 4, but the tragic death of actor Chadwick Boseman meant that it would have been in poor taste at the time: instead, the game had the POI “Panther’s Rest” in the game, which had the feeling of a tribute. Paul Tassi suggested that Epic should sell the skin and donate the proceeds to charity, but at this moment it doesn’t look like that’s happening (it could theoretically change).
Dropping these quests right before the skins serves as a big tease, and I have to imagine this will sell pretty well. It does make me wonder why Wonderwoman is not included in a bundle called “royalty and warriors”, which is so vague as to basically include any superheroes anyways, but we’ll see what it looks like when it actually releases. These leaks are typically pretty accurate.