When Peter Griffin, the iconic character from “Family Guy,” made his debut in the popular video game Fortnite, fans were surprised to see him sporting a much more muscular physique than his usual round frame. Seth MacFarlane, the creator of “Family Guy,” revealed in an IGN interview that this unexpected transformation might be attributed to budget constraints faced by Epic Games.
Fortnite, known for its eclectic mix of characters from various franchises, added Peter Griffin in a major update that included a LEGO play mode and Rocket League racing. While the game has successfully integrated other cartoon characters like Rick from “Rick and Morty” and the “Futurama” trio – Fry, Leela, and Dr. Zoidberg – in their true-to-show forms, Peter’s portrayal was a notable deviation.
The in-game lore humorously explains Peter’s new buff appearance as a result of meeting a muscular cat named Meowcles who gives him “slurp juice” to bulk up. However, MacFarlane suggested that the real reason behind this change was more practical. According to him, Epic Games didn’t have the budget to accurately animate Peter Griffin’s original body shape, leading them to “stick his head” onto a different character’s body.
MacFarlane’s casual revelation about Epic Games’ budgetary limits comes as a surprise, especially considering the company’s recent legal victory. Epic Games won a significant civil case against Google, centering around Fortnite’s removal from the Google Play Store due to a dispute over in-app purchase fees.
MacFarlane also shared that when first approached about including Peter Griffin in Fortnite, he was unfamiliar with the game. His initial reaction was one of curiosity and confusion, eventually leading to intrigue about the game’s concept.
Interestingly, in the promotional video released by Epic Games featuring Peter’s encounter with Meowscles, MacFarlane did not voice Peter, and the character had no voice lines. This choice further emphasizes the unconventional nature of Peter’s inclusion in the game.
This unconventional portrayal of Peter Griffin in Fortnite demonstrates the creative and sometimes budget-driven decisions behind character adaptations in video games. It also highlights the continued crossover appeal of characters from different entertainment mediums in the gaming world.