Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is so inescapable that it’s even began invading video video games. This afternoon, director J.J. Abrams stopped by a novel location to point out off a brand new clip from the film: Dangerous Reels, the drive-in theater on Fortnite’s digital island. It was a novel promotional occasion for the movie, which naturally ended with a lightsaber duel.
The occasion opened with Abrams arriving on the Millennium Falcon, amidst a battle with some TIE fighters and some Star Destroyers. There was even an in-game avatar that seemed remarkably just like the director. After a little bit of a preamble with host Geoff Keighley — finest referred to as the host and creator of The Sport Awards — an enormous floating show appeared. The transient, unique clip of Rise of Skywalker featured heroes Rey, Finn, and Poe, and after it was over — and Abrams took off in his spaceship — issues slowed down, whereas a Darth Sidious voiceover talked in regards to the “day of the Sith.”
On the very finish, gamers had been additionally capable of vote on their favourite lightsaber shade. It wasn’t only for enjoyable — lightsabers at the moment are within the sport. A brand new set of Star Wars-themed challenges have additionally been added, with unlockable gadgets together with a Jedi coaching emote.
Epic has been teasing the occasion for round every week, beginning by inserting posters at numerous areas on the Fortnite island. As not too long ago as Friday night, there have been vehicles at Dangerous Reels, because the digital stage was nonetheless beneath development. As a result of excessive stage of gamers attempting to get in, the occasion was pushed again by 10 minutes from its authentic 2PM ET runtime — although everybody who attended on Saturday afternoon acquired a free TIE fighter to make use of in-game as a glider.
Fortnite has slowly been ramping up its Star Wars promotions since November when stormtrooper character skins had been accessible in-game. This week, issues went a step additional with skins based mostly on Rey, Finn, and a brand new Sith trooper from The Rise of Skywalker. It’s not the primary time developer Epic has partnered with a blockbuster movie franchise: Fortnite has featured skins and occasions based mostly on all the things from John Wick to The Avengers.
Abrams’ look additionally isn’t the primary time a celeb has stopped by the sport. Again in February, Marshmello carried out a live performance within Fortnite, which Epic later mentioned was the sport’s largest occasion ever, with greater than 10 million folks attending in-game and thousands and thousands extra watching through providers like Twitch and YouTube.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will probably be out in actual theaters on December 20th.