Will I be able to watch Inception in Fortnite with my friends from other countries?

  • Video games
  • Friday, 26 Jun 2020

US actor Leonardo DiCaprio in a scene from Inception. — Warner Bros Pictures/AFP Relaxnews

As suggested, Fortnite will indeed show Christopher Nolan's 2010 feature Inception on June 26 in the lead up to the release of his 2020 film Tenet, though some territories will see Batman Begins or The Prestige instead.

Acclaimed metaphysical espionage film Inception will be screened within video game Fortnite during its first Movie Nite event on June 26.

Some 43 territories will be included in the Inception variant of Fortnite Movie Nite, which begins at noon UTC (8pm, Malaysia).

Those include the United States, Mexico and Argentina, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories, and Italy.

Also in on the Inception watch party are Bolivia, Bahrain, Brunei, Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Kuwait, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Nicaruagua, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Timor-Leste, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela and Yemen.

Due to licencing issues, Canada and most of Europe miss out, however, and are instead part of The Prestige screening, which starts at 6pm GMT+2 / Europe (Midnight, June 27, Malaysia).

Likewise disappearing into the stage magic thriller will be viewers from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Netherlands and the United Kingdom, along with South Africa.

By contrast, France, India and Brazil will be seeing Nolan's first entry to the Batman movie franchise, Batman Begins, which was also the writer-director's first time working with Christian Bale of The Prestige and Michael Caine of Tenet.

There'll be two showings, one at 10am GMT+2 (4pm Malaysia) and a second at 10pm GMT+2 (4am, June 27, Malaysia), with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Chile, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka also part of the caped crusader experience.(Batman was previously part of a September 2019 Fortnite and DC Comics crossover – DC Comics being part of the Warner Bros empire – so expect to see lots of related costumery if you're in either of those.)

"Navigating distribution rights for different countries and languages for full movies is challenging," explained Fortnite developer and publisher Epic Games.

"As part of this first test, we wanted as many people to experience Movie Nite as possible. The film you'll be able to watch will depend on your country, and unfortunately we couldn't reach everyone with these screenings."

So if your territory isn't included in the above three categories, it could indicate that Epic and Warner Bros weren't able to secure rights at this time.

As a result, 32 named territories had to be excluded from Fortnite's active schedule picker, with Australia, Ireland, Morocco, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine among them.

Other omissions include Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Peru, Romania, Réunion, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland. – AFP Relaxnews

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