Tonight’s Fortnite live event was a mash-up of promoting and spectacle, because the Millennium Falcon, TIE Fighters and John Williams’ traditional themes blended with a holographic Geoff Keighley, a comedy Stormtrooper and a dancing JJ Abrams.

That was in the event you might log in, after all. Once once more, the draw of Fortnite’s live occasions stretched the sport’s server capability, in addition to the power to log on to the Epic’s PC launcher. For several hours, Epic warned of sign-in points, even long after event finished. In recompense, all Fortnite homeowners can be gifted the event’s unique TIE Whisperer glider.

The event itself started with a starship battle in the skies over Fortnite’s island, as gamers watched the Falcon caught up in a dogfight with a sequence of TIE Fighters – every of which was in the end despatched crashing to the bottom in flames. It was an excellent introduction – till the Falcon landed, and the event transitioned into a chat present sketch.

Holographic Keighley acted as host to an overly-enthusiastic Stormtrooper actor for a number of minutes, till director JJ Abrams lastly appeared to introduce the factor everybody was right here to see: an unique clip from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. In doing so, he requested Fortnite gamers to vote on which clip they anticipated to see. And, as if satisfied to decide on it by a Jedi, Fortnite’s gamers picked the “Jedi Mind Trick” possibility. (I voted “Darth Jar-Jar”.)

The scene itself performed – strong however transient, lasting simply lower than a minute – after which it was again to Keighley and co. to wrap up. It was somewhat weird to be watching Fortnite – which usually choreographs its occasions all the way down to the second – host a free-flowing chat in this fashion. What technical feats had been achieved to broadcast this banter to tens of millions? How many hours of labor had it took to make sure the Stormtrooper squeezed in as many Fortnite emotes as attainable, or that JJ Abrams used the Naruto run meme to exit the stage?

And but there was extra to return. As Abrams held a closing ballot – this time asking followers to choose their favorite lightsaber color (Mace Windu’s purple, thanks) – extra TIE Fighters arrived to chase off the Falcon. Suddenly, we have been listening to a juicy new audio line from the movie – this time, from Emperor Palpatine. I know Star Wars followers will already be choosing over what he stated. With the event itself over, a chest unloaded earlier from the Falcon sprung open – and everybody was given a lightsaber weapon to play with in the color that they had simply voted for. It was a pleasant contact.

You can watch the total factor under:

Fortnite X Star Wars FULL EVENT from r/FortNiteBR

With the event concluded, Star Wars challenges are actually live in the sport, and each lightsabers and First Order plasma rifles can be found as Mythic-rarity weapons in all modes. TIE Fighter crash websites (these ones the Falcon shot down) could be discovered dotted across the map with First Order troops (bot enemies) to battle. And it seems to be like much more Star Wars skins are on the way in which…

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