A galaxy far, distant arrived to Fortnite on Saturday. The latest clip for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker was debuted in-game for gamers to see.
The occasion took place on the in-game movie show location, Risky Reels, and let gamers watch a quick introduction by Geoff Keighley as soon as the premiere began at round 2:10 p.m. ET — after a 10 minute delay to permit extra gamers to register.
The occasion began with the Millennium Falcon flying onto the map together with a number of First Order Star Destroyers. After the ships appeared an enormous house battled ensues with stray TIE Fighter blasts slamming into some of the map’s most recognizable places. The Falcon finally defeats the First Order ships and lands subsequent to gamers.
A projection of Geoff Keighley appeared and launched the clip to gamers. After a quick introduction from an excited Storm Trooper, J.J. Abrams himself — or a Fortnite in-game mannequin of him — got here out onto a stage to introduce the clip. Fans in-game got the possibility to vote on what they thought the clip can be and possibly even which clip was chosen.
The clip was solely a couple of minute lengthy and confirmed off Rey, Finn, and Poe sneaking onto a First Order Star Destroyer. As they make their manner additional onto the ship two stormtroopers cease them. Rey sends them strolling away with a Jedi thoughts trick .
After the clip premiered gamers had been allowed to select their favourite coloration of lightsaber, earlier than the long-lasting Jedi weapon was launched into the sport thanks to a chest introduced in by the Millennium Falcon. The lightsabers seem to now be half of the usual Fortnite weapons together with Star Wars blaster rifles.
As half of the occasion, Epic handled gamers to model new Star Wars-themed gliders that had been modeled off of the TIE whisper First Order ships from the film. Every participant that dropped into the premier occasion mode obtained the glider as quickly as they hopped out of the battle bus.
Not everybody that needed to participate within the clip’s debut was in a position to. Epic bumped into some severe server points simply earlier than the occasion began, round 1 p.m. ET, that rendered many gamers unable to log into their Epic account. Despite these points the premiere was nonetheless an undoubtedly large occasion with tens of millions of folks watching on Twitch and different streaming platforms in addition to the numerous gamers that had been truly in a position to log into the sport.
Epic’s partnership with Disney and Lucasfilm doesn’t finish at this Star Wars clip both. There are additionally Star Wars skins within the store together with Rey, Finn and a Sith Stormtrooper. This is the second main partnership Epic has had with a Disney film franchise this 12 months, after the Avengers: Endgame occasion in Fortnite round that film’s launch.