'Fortnite': Football star Neymar Jr to debut on popular battle royale game

Epic Games has revealed the Paris Saint-Germain athlete will arrive with four different skins

Brazilian football Neymar Jr will debut in 'Fortnite' on April 27. Courtesy Epic Games
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Football star Neymar Jr is set to make his Fortnite debut on Tuesday.

The Paris Saint-Germain Football Club forward will be the first athlete to feature within the popular free-to-play Battle Royale video game.

Developer Epic Games has also unveiled a trailer showing what the Brazilian footballer will look like in-game and what skins will come with his character.

Watch the video here:

The video states Neymar's character will arrive with four skins – two based on football jerseys and two other colourful outfits that are reminiscent of a Marvel superhero. Players can unlock these exclusive outfits and other items by completing a series of Battle Pass quests.

"For completing certain amounts of Chapter 2 Season 6 Epic Quests, you'll unlock even more items from his set," the developer said. "You'll also unlock the exhibition version of the Neymar Jr outfit and other items, based on his familiar uniform of yellow, blue and green inspired by the Brazil national football team."

Players can also compete in the Neymar Jr Cup for a chance to win a real-life custom-designed football boot from his team at Puma.

While he may be the first pro athlete to be featured, he’s not the first celebrity. Other stars that have appeared in-game include musicians Travis Scott, Major Lazer and Marshmello.

What is Fortnite?

Fortnite is an online video game developed by Epic Games and released in 2017. It has since become a global phenomenon, with about 350 million players worldwide as of May 2020, according to business data platform Statista.

The game can be played on PC, gaming console or mobile and there are three versions available: Fortnite Battle Royale, Fortnite Save the World and Fortnite Creative. All versions follow a similar gameplay in which players need to defeat enemies in order to become the last one standing.

Fortnite Battle Royale is the most popular version and sees up to 100 players compete against one another in a battle.