February 4, 2023

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Surprise! Metallica is now in Fortnite

Fortnite has had its fair share of crossovers over the years, but few people saw this one coming: Metallica is now in the game. Although there are no character skins for Lars, James and the others, you can have your character play one of the band’s most popular songs – and better yet, your friends can join in for free.

The Master of Puppets emote costs 500 V-Bucks, or about $3.50, and plays a snippet of Metallica’s “Master of Puppets,” the band’s 1986 headbanging single. The first person to do the emote , is portrayed as playing the guitar in front of the microphone, essentially doing her Hetfield impression. Up to three more can join the fun, even if they didn’t purchase the emote themselves, and take on drums, second guitar, and bass to complete the quartet.

Check it out for yourself in the reveal trailer below.

Although the song is almost 40 years old, Master of Puppets is having a great 2022. It enjoyed a resurgence last summer after being featured prominently on Netflix’s Stranger Things during a scene in which a metalhead friend of the main characters, Eddie Munson brings down the house with the song to distract some of Upside Down’s monsters while his friends performed other life-saving feats.

I’m not a huge fan of Stranger Things, but the scene reigns supreme and clearly resonated with viewers. The song saw a huge jump in its total number of listeners on Spotify, gaining 17 million new plays, according to Loudwire.

Now if only we could get Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” in Fortnite…

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