New Ready Player One Trailer Has a Tracer and Chun-Li Cameo

The newest Ready Player One trailer likes to remind you that it's for the nerds.

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There's a new trailer out for Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of Ready Player One, a pop-culture encyclopedia in narrative fiction form. The latest video sheds some more light on the film's plot where one hero tries to save the (VR) world from an evil corporation. True to form, there's even a neat little cameo from Overwatch's Tracer and Street Fighter's Chun-Li.

You can see the two cameos at the 2:04 mark of the new trailer below.

"My name's Wade Watts. My dad picked that name because it sounded like a superhero's alter-ego. Like, Peter Parker or Bruce Banner." From the opening lines of the new trailer, you know exactly what you're signing up for. The original novel was a pop-culture, name-dropping extravaganza that recited nerd culture like holy scripture. Sometimes quite literally.

Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse) as Wade Watts the film's main protagonist, an orphan teen who escapes into a virtual reality game world called the Oasis. Hidden in the Oasis is a easter egg left by its creator that grants whoever finds it half a trillion dollars and control of the Oasis game. This starts a race between Watts, a corporate bad guy played by Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One) and the resistance led by Olivia Cooke (Oujia) to find the easter egg.

While the film first advertised itself as a "Holy grail of pop-culture" the novel has felt a backlash of sorts since the film's first trailer was released earlier this year. While fans found the novel to be a fun, zippy adventure, its critics argued that the novel's worship of pop-culture is to its overall detriment.

With famed director Steven Spielberg behind the film however, the movie will at least find a way to delight audiences when the film drops on March 30, 2018.

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  • Avatar for captainN2 #1 captainN2 11 months ago
    Tracer and Chun-Li? Didn't you spot the BATTLETOADS?!!!
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  • Avatar for Paul-S #2 Paul-S 11 months ago
    Both classic icons of 80's pop culture.
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  • Avatar for KaiserWarrior #3 KaiserWarrior 11 months ago
    @Paul-S Eh, that kinda fits with the original novel, though. If it's a story that is largely about just rapidly name-dropping nerd-pop-culture things, it makes sense that a movie of it produced in 2018 image-drops things that are more likely to be immediately recognizable to its more modern audience.
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  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene #4 UnskippableCutscene 11 months ago
    @KaiserWarrior The novel though expends a lot of energy reinforcing an idea that 80s childhoods are better than everybody else's childhoods. So stuff like Lara Croft or Cloud has no reason to be there, much less someone like Tracer. I assume someone made the call to broaden the appeal beyond people currently age 29-37.Edited December 2017 by UnskippableCutscene
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  • Avatar for benjaminlu86 #5 benjaminlu86 11 months ago
    The novel was a relentless torrent of cringey "look how I referenced this thing! See? I referenced it! That's cool, right?" moments.
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  • Avatar for donkeyintheforest #6 donkeyintheforest 11 months ago
    @UnskippableCutscene The book focused mainly 80's stuff because the main character was trying to solve puzzles created a guy obsessed with eighties stuff. There were always things from other time periods on the periphery (including future tech), but they were not usually the main focus.

    I thought the book was pretty ho hum, but it was well intentioned. I don't understand the hate it has gotten all of a sudden. People love a bandwagon haha
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  • Avatar for kantaroo3 #7 kantaroo3 11 months ago
    Well, I enjoyed the book. I know it is not high literature, but there is a time and a place for everything. It served me well for a couple of long journeys I had to take a few years ago.
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  • Avatar for LBD_Nytetrayn #8 LBD_Nytetrayn 11 months ago
    Well, his dad wasn't wrong -- just ask Deadpool.
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