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Fortnite’s Family Guy saga may finally be coming to an end

Epic’s Big Bang event looks like it’ll be a big deal after all

Peter Griffin points excitedly toward a window in his house in a still from Family Guy season 15 Image: Fox Image Collection via Getty Images
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

After years of rumor, speculation, and seasonal disappointment, Family Guy’s Peter Griffin may finally be coming to Fortnite with Chapter 5 season 1. An unconfirmed leaked image of the battle royale game’s next season shows a (buff) Peter Griffin standing alongside Fortnite’s usual cast of sleek super spies and anthropomorphic animals. Oh, and Solid Snake.

If accurate — and Fortnite fans will probably find out on Saturday, when the season-ending Big Bang event kicks off — it will mean the end of a years-long saga of Family Guy’s inclusion in the battle royale. Dataminers uncovered references to Peter Griffin back in 2021, in what was said to be a red herring; Epic Games’ developers were reportedly trolling Fortnite fans who liked to dig around its file structure. In 2022, there was another reference to Family Guy in an official Fortnite video, alongside hints pointing to Darth Vader and id Software’s Doom. Vader and the Doom Slayer eventually made their way to Fortnite, but no Peter Griffin... yet.

Solid Snake from Konami’s Metal Gear franchise appears to be joining Peter Griffin in Fortnite Chapter 5 season 1, according to artwork that reportedly appeared on the Xbox dashboard on Friday. Snake’s appearance in Fortnite isn’t too surprising, as he’s made guest appearances in Super Smash Bros., Monster Hunter, Scribblenauts, and Ape Escape games in the past.

Fortnite Chapter 5 season 1 starts this week. In addition to an appearance from rapper Eminem, the new chapter will reportedly introduce a new Lego-themed mode, a racing mode, and a music festival.

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