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Fortnite goes galactic with space-themed skin to launch new subscription service

Fortnite Galaxia skin
Fortnite will launch its Crew Pack Dec. 2, 2020 with the Galaxia skin, plus other bling. (Image credit: Epic Games)

The popular battle royale game Fortnite picked a space theme to launch its new subscription service.

The service, called Fortnite Crew, blasts off Wednesday (Dec. 2) and includes the Galaxia skin, who is a masked, starry crusader ready to do battle with a Cosmic Llamacorn Pickaxe and Fractured World Back Bling.

The subscription costs $11.99 a month and brings members a monthly "crew pack", including an exclusive outfit, 1,000 V-Bucks (or roughly $7.99) to buy other items, and access to the current season of content, Fortnite creator Epic Games said in a statement.

The Galaxia skin follows on from a slew of new space-related content that Fortnite gave players in the past few seasons. (Long-time players should note: this is a distinct skin from the Galaxy and Galaxy Scout outfits previously launched.)

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Fortnite's current season — Chapter 2, Season 4 — is Marvel-themed, but there are space elements to it. Rifts in space-time have been popping up around the map, and the occasional space skin (including a new "Star Wars" ship) appeared in the Fortnite shop from time to time. The season will end with the Devourer of Worlds, Galactus, arriving in the Nexus War finale event on Tuesday (Dec. 1) at 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT), so more cosmic things may come soon. (Galactus has been hurtling through space toward the Fortnite island the entire season.)

The previous Chapter 2, Season 3 this past summer was also packed with space content. Players found themselves chasing the story (and spaceship) of a mysterious ancient astronaut, Deo, who came up for sale in the Fortnite shop. The season Battle Pass included Siona, the female astronaut counterpart to Deo, along with numerous other bits of space-themed content. The shop was also active with different spacey deals, and all active players that season received the Shooting Starstaff Pickaxe for free.

Fortnite also hit the news this year concerning ongoing Apple and Google disputes over direct payments (opens in new tab) for mobile apps. Earlier this month, as Apple faced a new Fortnite lawsuit, the tech giant announced smaller developers will only pay 15% commission rather than the current 30%, starting on Jan. 1, 2021.

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Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a contributing writer for Space.com (opens in new tab) since 2012. As a proud Trekkie and Canadian, she tackles topics like spaceflight, diversity, science fiction, astronomy and gaming to help others explore the universe. Elizabeth's on-site reporting includes two human spaceflight launches from Kazakhstan, and embedded reporting from a simulated Mars mission in Utah. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc (opens in new tab). in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University. Her latest book, NASA Leadership Moments, is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday.