Epic Games faced budget constraints in creating an authentic Peter GriffinFortnite skin, according to Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. This revelation follows the recent introduction of Peter Griffin to Fortnite as part of the Chapter 5: Season 1 Battle Pass.
While the original portrayal of the iconic character reflects obesity, his Fortnite adaptation takes a notably muscular form, deviating from the established design by MacFarlane. Addressing this departure, MacFarlane explained that the decision to give Peter Griffin a more typical Fortnite physique was driven by financial limitations. In an interview with IGN, MacFarlane likened the situation to the 1989 TV Guide cover that superimposed Oprah Winfrey's head onto the body of '60s Hollywood star Ann-Margret Olsson.twit_1746268630256406808
MacFarlane also confessed to being unfamiliar with Fortnite when the Family Guy crossover was proposed to him. If his remarks are taken seriously, the comment about Epic's budget constraints suggests that creating an authentic Peter Griffin in Fortnite would have required more than just designing a skin. It would have entailed a complete rebalancing of the character to address potential issues with hitboxes, potentially affecting gameplay dynamics.
Earlier insights into the Family Guy skin's appearance came from Fortnite itself, which shared a humorous animation in December. According to this canon source, the Swole Cat Set mascot Meowscles provided Peter with an expired Slurp Juice, resulting in an instant muscular transformation.
Players have until the conclusion of Chapter 5: Season 1 (March 8) to unlock the Peter Griffin skin by purchasing the Fortnite Battle Pass for $9.99 and reaching BP level 70 through gameplay. The Battle Pass for this season offers more than just the Peter Griffin skin, featuring over half a dozen additional skins as part of the Fortnite Chapter 5: Season 1 package.