From Spider-Man swinging across the map to players using Dragon Ball Z’s famous Kamehameha attack, Fortnite’s collaborations have only gotten more elaborate over the years. Witness Fortnite’s recent collaboration with Destiny, which includes a full-blow recreation of the famous Javelin-4 map from the game’s Crucible mode.
In a brand-new interview that you can see above, IGN was given a tour of Fortnite’s version of the Javelin-4 map, which was meticulously recreated within the Unreal Engine. According to Bungie lead concept artist Dima Goryainov, the map was built entirely with existing assets from Destiny.
“The creation of Javelin-4 was a collaborative process between Bungie and Team PWR. Bungie provided visual guidance, while Team PWR reconstructed the entire map using Fortnite’s Creative Toolset. They did an amazing job in finding creative ways to use existing assets in order to closely recreate this iconic map,” Goryainov explains. “Since no new assets could be built, there were some visual changes to the map in areas where Team PWR had to use the closest pieces they could find. Even though everything was created using existing models, the overall look and feel was captured incredibly well.”
The result is a remarkably faithful adaptation of the original map. The collaboration also goes so far as to include Destiny’s three iconic character classes — Titan, Warlock, and Hunter — and familiar weapons and abilities from the game.
Destiny’s collaborations with Fortnite and Fall Guys were first announced on August 23, where they were revealed alongside the new Lightfall expansion. Fortnite’s Drift, Black Knight, and Oblivion skins were repurposed in Destiny as new Guardians, while Destiny 2’s brought over Commander Zavala, Ikora Rey, and Exo Stranger. The cross-pollination is notable because Fortnite almost never goes the other way.
As for Destiny, it’s a new frontier for Bungie’s now-classic service game as it celebrates its fifth anniversary.
“Our goal is always to create exciting visuals that enable our players to express themselves through their Guardians, and we are always looking for new ways to support that objective,” says Bungie art lead Josh Deeb. “One way is by celebrating these beloved characters by reimagining their iconic looks through the visual lens of Destiny. It is an exciting challenge for our artists to create ornaments that capture the essence of the skin or character, but also feel authentic to our players and world.”
The collaboration is available to play in Fortnite right now.
Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN as well as co-host of Nintendo Voice Chat. Have a tip? Send her a DM at @the_katbot.
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