'Fortnite' Screens Exclusive Scene From 'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker' for In-Game Event
Epic Games has once again utilized its blockbuster title Fortnite's platform in a unique way, screening an exclusive scene from Disney and Lucasfilm's upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in-game.
The scene (shown below) begins with stormtroopers approaching a ship asking for credentials but being quickly shot down by the characters Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron. Rey tells beloved droids BB-8, D-0 and C-3PO to stay behind, as it looks to be a fairly stealthy and risky mission. Poe asks which way should the team go, to which Finn responds, "No idea. Follow me."
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Near the end of the clip, the Star Wars trio are held up by two stormtroopers. Rey uses the Force, saying, "It's okay that we're here," to which the stormtroopers agree and let them go. On that beat, Poe asks Finn, "Does she do that to us?"
The event utilized the Risky Reels section of Fortnite's in-game map (which features a movie screen) to show off the footage. The cross-promotion was the first of its kind, though Fortnite did show footage of Disney character Wreck-It Ralph on the Risky Reels screen last year ahead of the release of Ralph Breaks the Internet. That promotion, however, did not feature footage from the film and was not advertised as a single specific event like this year's crossover with Star Wars.
Ahead of the Risky Reels event, players complained of accessibility issues, with many posting to social media about being unable to log in. Fortnite's Twitter account said that due to "unprecedented demand to get into Fortnite," the event was delayed until 2:10 p.m. ET to allow more players to log on. Fortnite's service update account also addressed user complaints, tweeting, "We are continuing to experience issues with log in and account services and are working on a fix."
On Friday, Epic revealed its second official Star Wars cosmetic crossover that featured Rey and Finn skins, available now in item shop to celebrate the finale of the Skywalker saga.
Fortnite has also partnered with other high-profile Disney properties in the past; in 2018, the game featured a playable event in which Avengers: Infinity War baddie Thanos squared off against players. Other unique promotions in Fortnite included a DJ Marshmello concert held in-game that attracted 10 million concurrent viewers.
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