New Fortnite Soccer Skins, Pele Emote Revealed

Fortnite developer Epic Games has revealed new soccer "Kickoff Set" skins that allow players to swap between 23 different football clubs that the company has teamed up with internationally. Additionally, the company has partnered with iconic football pro Pelé to add his "Air Punch" celebration as a new emote. Both of these are set to be added on January 23rd, but players will have the opportunity to earn them for free by participating in a new Pelé Cup event tomorrow, January 20th.

The full details on the new Pelé Cup event seem to imply that it will essentially work like any other "Cup" event: compete and score points based on placement and eliminations during it in order to rank. In addition to the 10 different soccer outfits -- "Midfield Master," "Sgt. Sweeper," "Galactico," "Power Poacher," "Breakaway," "Striker Specialist," "Shot Stopper," "Derby Dominator," "Tiki Tackler," and "Phenom" -- and the aforementioned emote, the top three ranks in the various participating regions will also win a signed FC Santos jersey.

Here's the full list of football clubs participating in the new "Kickoff Set" outfits, straight from Epic Games:

  • Manchester City FC
  • Juventus
  • AC Milan
  • Inter Milan
  • AS Roma
  • Seattle Sounders FC
  • Atlanta United
  • Los Angeles FC
  • Santos FC
  • Wolves
  • West Ham United FC
  • Sevilla FC
  • Sporting CP
  • Borussia Mönchengladbach
  • FC Schalke 04
  • VFL Wolfsburg
  • Rangers FC
  • Celtic FC
  • Cerezo Osaka
  • Melbourne City FC
  • Sydney FC
  • Western Sydney Wanderers
  • EC Bahia

As noted above, the new Kickoff Set and Pelé’s Air Punch Emote are scheduled to join the popular video game on January 23rd. Fortnite itself is in the midst of Chapter 2 - Season 5 after a world-shaking Galactus live event at the end of the last season. The game is currently available on most major platforms, but the iOS version, specifically, has hit a snag after Epic Games intentionally set off a chain of events that caused it to be removed from the App Store. The legal fight over that decision is ongoing, but the short version is: nobody's playing Chapter 2 - Season 5 on an iPhone right now. Fortnite Chapter 2 - Season 5 is currently ongoing on the other platforms, however. You can check out all of our previous coverage of Fortnite right here.

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