FORTNITE fans can now play as moody heroine Ripley and her slimy nemesis the Xenomorph from the popular Alien franchise.
Released worldwide on Thursday, the sci fi skins are available to purchase in-game as part of the new In Space… Set.
Fortnite fans can now play as Ripley or the Xenomorph from the ‘Alien’ franchiseCredit: epic games
The set also features a handful of emotes and accessories themed around the original 1979 flick “Alien” and its sequels.
They include a back bling that looks like the Xenomorph’s deadly, snake-like tail and an emote that makes a llama burst from your character’s chest.
It’s titled “Burst Case Scenario”, and mimics the infamous worm-like aliens that explode violently from the chests of their hosts.
Elsewhere, buyers of the set also get the P-5000 Power Loader Arm pickaxe seen in the climax of Aliens and a a back bling in the form of a facehugger.
The new sets come with a range of Alien-themed skins, back bling and emotesCredit: epic games
Those are the terrifying creatures that impregnate people with baby aliens by latching onto their heads.
You can bag yourself the new items in the Fortnite shop, either as one of two bundles or buy shelling out for items inidividally.
The Ripley and Xenomorph bundle gets you both skins, two back blings, and an emote for the alien skin. That’ll set you back 2,200 V-bucks.
The Space Gear bundle is slightly cheaper and features the Power Loader pickaxe, a dropship glider and llama chestburster emote.
What is Fortnite, anyway?
FORTNITE is an online video game played by up to 250 million people across the world.
In it, 100 players compete on their own or with a small group of pals to grab weapons, gather resources and build defences, before fighting it out to be the last man (or team) standing.
Matches take about 20 minutes, and you can drop into a new game within seconds of your previous one finishing.
It’s bright, it’s cartoony and it’s fiendishly compelling.
Skill is rewarded but luck also plays a huge role, meaning no two games are ever the same and everyone feels like they have a chance of winning.
Fortnite has also made its developer billions.
In Europe it’s rated 12+, meaning it’s suitable for those aged 12 and up.
The battle royale mode is free to play, but there is also a story-driven single player and co-op mode called Save The World that players have to pay for.
Pop culture crossover events are very common because of the game’s huge audience.
These involve players being able to buy themed outfits for the movie, TV show or brand, as well as getting some themed activities in-game to do too.
These might be new places to explore, new challenges to complete to win themed accessories, or new game modes that are loosely related to the theme of whatever is being crossed over with.
That bundle is priced at 1,500 V-bucks.
If you’d rather just pay for items individually, the skins cost 1,500 – 1,600 V-bucks, while the other cosmetics range between 300 to 1,200 V-bucks.
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