In a wonderful Valentine’s Day surprise,Fortnitehas introduced a new emote inspired by the Rickrolling meme, and it’s incredible. It plays part of the actual song by Rick Astley,“Never Gonna Give You Up,”and your in-game character dances just like Astley does in the music video.
The emote, called “Never Gonna,” is available inFortnite’sin-game shop right now for 500 V-bucks, which approximates to about $5. You can get a taste of what it looks and sounds like inthis tweetfromFortnite’sofficial Twitter account:
The emote is not only notable for being one of the most famous memes ever, but also because, as far as I know, it’s the firstFortniteemote that’s backed by a well-known song. In late 2018, Epic Games was hit witha number of lawsuitsthat alleged the company stole popular dance moves and sold them asFortniteemotes, including one filed byFresh Prince of Bel-Airstar Alfonso Ribeiro overFortnite’sinterpretation of the Carlton dance.
Most of those lawsuitsare on pause, and while choreographed dance routines can be copyrighted, individual dance moves can’t. But copyright protection for songs is extremely well-established, so Epic has presumably licensed Rick Astley’s internet-famous hit for this new emote. And that seems to open up a potential world of possibility where other licensed songs are used in the game, too.
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