The world of G.I. Joe, Hasbro’s kid-friendly military toy line (and the last line of defense against the terrorist organization Cobra), is now in Fortnite.
G.I. Joe’s G.I. Joe’s Snake Eyes is the latest hero to join Epic Games’ battle royale game, joining the likes of Din Djarin and Grogu (aka The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda), Master Chief from Halo, Kratos from God of War, and Sarah Connor and the T-800 from Terminator.
Epic teased the addition of G.I. Joe characters on Thursday, when chief creative officer Donald Mustard tweeted an image of himself reading a collection of vintage Marvel G.I. Joe comics. In particular, Mustard was reading issue #21 of Marvel’s G.I. Joe, in which Snake Eyes embarks on a rescue mission at a Cobra castle. That issue shows Snake Eyes leaping from a C-130 plane, in Fortnite where-we-droppin’-boys style.
Fortnite’s current season is all about heroes from dimensions far and wide. Chapter 2 Season 5 of Fortnite features a story arc called Zero Point, which focuses on Agent Jones’ mission to summon hunters from realities beyond Epic’s game.
G.I. Joe’s current incarnation, rooted in the 1982 toy property, has been explored in cartoons, comic books, video games, and live-action films over the past four decades. A new game, G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout, was released in October to a tepid response. A new live-action film that focuses on the silent ninja Snake Eyes, starring Henry Golding, is slated for release in 2022.