Last year when Fortnite premiered some footage of the new Star Wars film, it came as part of a bigger event that added unique skins and weapons to the game. Now, with the advent of the combat-free Party Royale mode, it seems we should expect more media tie-ins without as much context: tonight, a new trailer for Christopher Nolan's film Tenet will premiere in Fortnite Party Royale.
This is a bit of a swerve, as Nolan fans desperate to find out anything about Tenet have known for a while that a new trailer is set to premiere today, but had no idea it'd be happening in Fortnite until now. To see the trailer in-game, players need to load up Party Royale and head to the social space's big movie screen, where it will first be shown at 8 p.m. E.T. and then again at the top of every hour for a while afterwards.
Party Royale launched earlier this month with a live music performance featuring Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki, and deadmau5. While it seems likely that more communal music events and the like will follow suit (especially after the success of the Travis Scott "Astronomical" show), Party Royale could also turn into a regular digital venue for premieres like this.
There is a certain irony to the new Tenet trailer premiering at a simulated big screen theater. The film is still scheduled to premiere on July 17 despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Indiewire reports that Nolan is personally holding fast to the premiere date, even having accelerated the editing schedule in mid-March to finish the film ahead of broader stay-at-home ordinances. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is consulting with medical experts regarding the safety hazards of releasing in July on a daily basis.
Tenet itself remains shrouded in mystery. Starring Robert Pattinson, John David Washington, and Elizabeth Debicki, it's a spy thriller that seems like it will have some kind of signature Nolan sci-fi twist to it. Perhaps this new trailer will finally make some sense of what it's all about—just be sure to focus on the screen and not the players spamming emotes next to you.