The “Icon Series” skin collection of Fortnite is set to unleash its latest addition featuring none other than the veteran Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton. The legendary racer joins the ranks of other celebrities like LeBron James, Neymar Jr., and Ariana Grande in the game’s virtual universe.
A Stylish Entrance: Lewis Hamilton’s Flashy F1 Skin
Lewis Hamilton’s virtual presence was teased in a live-action trailer showcasing two distinctive styles. The first, a streetwear look featuring a wild, zig-zag coat, and the second, a nod to his F1 roots with a driver’s kit–albeit sans any Mercedes branding.
Surprisingly, the absence of joint branding with Mercedes raises eyebrows, leaving Hamilton’s iconic association with the team momentarily on pause. Fortnite aficionados can snag the F1 racer’s skin from the in-game store starting November 17.
Racing Royalty in the Fortnite Realm
As a racing sensation, Hamilton boasts an impressive resume, sharing the record for the most World Drivers’ Championship titles with Michael Schumacher. With the most wins, pole positions, and podium finishes, Hamilton’s virtual avatar is a testament to his real-world achievements.
Despite losing the crown to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Hamilton maintains a strong third position in the Driver’s Championship, positioned ahead of Fernando Alonso.
Fortnite’s Star-Studded Gamble and the Metaverse Reality Check
Fortnite’s move to incorporate real-life celebrities into its metaverse has been a gamble that hasn’t quite played out as expected. The ambitious vision of a sprawling virtual world where real-life and fictional entities coexist hasn’t fully materialized. Instead, these iconic skins find themselves mostly confined to Battle Royale matches and Creative maps.
The Lewis Hamilton skin’s arrival on November 17 adds another star to Fortnite’s constellation and it even comes with a special appearance from his dog, Roscoe.