Now, this is how you instantly become the coolest kid in school: get your vague doodle for a possible Fortnite skin actually added into the game.
Fans of British sci-fi show Doctor Who may remember the episode ‘Love & Monsters’ (season two, episode ten). It centred around a peculiar alien villain known as the Abzorbaloff, a creature that had the power to ‘absorb’ people into its body by grabbing them and pulling them in.
If that whole concept (and the name of the thing itself) seems a little questionable, that’s because it was created by 9-year-old William Grantham, a fan who submitted his alien idea to Blue Peter’s Design A Monster competition back in 2005. Little Grantham won, and so his Abzorbaloff became reality in the show.
So, there it is, kids. If you work hard enough and you’re creative enough, you too could see your brilliantly bizarre brainchild come to life. Here comes another case in point: perhaps Fortnite’s strangest skin yet (and that’s definitely saying something), straight from the mind of an eight-year-old.
As Polygon reports, there was no Blue Peter competition this time around. The story began with tfoust10 on Reddit, a father whose son had been hounding him for some months to send a letter he’d written to the Fortnite team. It simply read:
“Dear Fortnite, please add a skin in Fortnite called the Chicken Trooper.”
This was accompanied by a crude sketch of the character, and the eight-year-old’s apology “I am not good at drawing.” Fear not though, little Connor, because the artists of the internet are super darn excellent at drawing. Etsyturtle2, the hero we deserve and the one we need right now, picked up the noble cause of this chicken man. They drew the character and renamed them Tender Defender in Connor’s honour.
Continuing the general feeling of warm, fuzzy wholesomeness that permeates this whole story, Epic heard of the Tender Defender and loved it. On November 22nd, as you see here, they announced that the skin was officially available in-game, through the store:
Get yolked 💪— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) November 23, 2018
The new Fowl Play Gear is available in the Item Shop! pic.twitter.com/7cYIjPAMaZ
So, there we go. Connor’s day has surely been made by all of this. Even more than that, the gaming industry (which sees a whole lot of shady news and bad press) proves that it is capable of super sweet things. This is all just too adorable.