Epic launches FortniteXJumpman crossover with Air Jordan 1 wearing skins

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Fortnite season 9 already featured one crossover event -- with John Wick -- but developer Epic Games unveiled a new basketball-themed event on Wednesday. 

Epic's latest update to the game launched the FortniteXJumpman event, featuring new skins wearing Jordan sneakers and the Downtown Drop limited time mode. 

The two new outfits are Grind and Clutch. Both include Nike Air Jordan 1s in different color combinations, including the popular "Lakers" and "Bulls" colorways, which are based on the NBA teams. 

Downtown Drop is different from other Fortnite modes as the goal is to run through NYC-inspired streets to collect coins and items rather than trying to kill the other 99 players. The mode has its own challenges from collecting a certain number of coins and spraying paint on sections of the street and walls. There are multiple Downtown Drop challenges available Wednesday with more unlocking over the coming days. Players completing these tasks will be rewarded with spray paint designs and Back Board Back Blings for their characters to wear to give it more style. 

Along with the new mode and skins, update v9.10 added Hot Spots, which are named locations that will now have Loot Carriers that contain high-end weapons. Epic also brought back the Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle and made adjustments to the Shadow Bomb and Combat Shotgun. There were also various fixes for all versions of the game. 

On Tuesday, players saw a new message of the day from Epic that said, "Game recognize Game. Drop in tomorrow." The image used for the news was the iconic Jumpman logo used by Nike for Michael Jordan sneakers. Epic also tweeted on Tuesday an image using only a series of emojis: a goat, basketball, sneaker and red triangle (icymi, "goat" stands for "greatest of all time" -- and icymi stands for "in case you missed it").

This isn't the first time Fortnite had a basketball theme. Last July, in season 5, Epic added the ability to shoot basketballs. Epic also released the Jumpshot and Triple Threat basketball skins in season 4.

Originally published on May 21.
Update, May 22: Adds V9.10 update details.
Correction, May 22: An earlier version of this article misstated when Epic released the Jumpshot and Triple Threat basketball skins. They were released in season 4.