Rise of Skywalker makes Fortnite crossover-event canon

Warning: here there be mild spoilers

It appears Disney has taken its most recent Rise of Skywalker crossover-promotion with Epic Games’s Fortnite to the next level by making part of it canonical. If you have already watched the movie but were not lucky enough to make it into the event lobby, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. However, you may have already noticed it after the opening crawl was finished.

Notice the bit at the beginning about a “mysterious broadcast” featuring Palpatine announcing his return? Did you wonder why that message is never heard during Rise of Skywalker? That is because the only place you can hear the message was actually during the in-game Fortnite event.

Fortnite Star Wars Event: Darth Sidious Speaks!

To be clear, this doesn’t mean that Fortnite, nor the in-game event are canon to the actual Star Wars Universe. However, for an event that featured a Stormtrooper skin voiced by Ben Schwartz and a personalized JJ Abrams skin, voiced by the man himself descending from the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon, Risky Reels is not the place most people would look for fairly important context for the actual canon storyline.

If you want to watch the complete gong-show that was the event in its entirety, here you go.

Why, though?

It’s not entirely clear what the thinking behind inserting this fairly important piece of exposition into the event was. Maybe Abrams just could not find room in the runtime after using the first 20 minutes of it attempting to retcon the events of The Last Jedi. 

You don’t even have to like the character of Rose Tico, but Abrams did her dirty in this one.

My suggestion to Abrams would have been to substitute it for one of the incredibly uncomfortable scenes featuring the CGI Leia delivering her lines like the Mr. Burns-A.I. that Smithers had installed on his computer.

Mr. Burns - Smithers turns me on

If Abrams needs a scene featuring someone kept alive by the dark forces of necromancy, it might as well be integral to the plot.

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Stuart Benson

I'm an Ottawa based journalist with interest in esports and gaming in general, as well as pop culture and politics. Come find me on PSN or Twitter @LeftHandStu if you want to play some Apex or call me a Boomer for saying FPS's peaked with Halo 2.
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