After a short delay, the Fortnite x Star Wars event on December 14 finally began, and plenty of new features and content were either announced, unlocked, or leaked.
The Force is strong with the second chapter of Fortnite. Thousands of fans flooded onto the map for the special Star Wars event, and a lot of crazy stuff went down.
After log-in delays briefly pushed the event back to 2:10 pm EST, the event finally kicked off.
Lightsabers have been added
The iconic Star Wars weapon has made its expected but still highly anticipated debut. Lightsabers colored green, blue, red, and purple appeared suddenly in the hands of players, who wasted no time in slashing anything and anyone near them.
Mace Windu’s purple lightsaber, Kylo Ren’s red crossguard lightsaber, Rey’s blue lightsaber, and Luke Skywalker’s green lightsaber have all been added to the game.
Players can block and attack other players in a flurry, but the lightsaber is not a replacement for the pickaxe tool. Sadly, it doesn’t appear that you can throw them, yet.
Exclusive clip from Rise of the Skywalker
The event was centered around the exclusive clip from the upcoming Rise of the Skywalker movie, in what will be the final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
In the movie clip, the trio of Finn, Rey, and Poe arrive at a First Order hanger, and dispatch a small handful of guards, before Rey uses her Force persuasion ability on two more stormtroopers.
A couple of new things leaked during the event, including new challenges and Star Wars-themed skins.
Kylo Ren is apparently joining the game as a playable skin. He joins alongside Finn, Rey, and the red stormtrooper, who were announced and added to the game at the recent Game Awards.
New challenges were initially leaked as well, and now are confirmed in the game, under the Star Wars section.
The new challenges have players get damage, kills, and blocks with their lightsaber, but also ask them to do damage with a “First Order blaster rifle” and also to capture TIE fighter crash sites by planting a banner.
Fortnite Insider has also reported leaks of a player skin for a new character to Star Wars, Zorii Bliss, who will make their canon debut in the new film and will be portrayed by Keri Russell. They have reported the Kylo Ren leaked skin as well.
They’ve also reported that leaked challenges appear to confirm Millenium Falcon and Zorii’s Y-Wing glider skin.