Thousands of Players Gather in Star Wars: The Old Republic This Week to Honor Carrie Fisher
This week marked unprecedented news for Star Wars fans with the loss of Carrie Fisher, as the actress, writer, and activist best known for playing Princess Leia in the series passed away from a heart attack at the age of 60. As a result, thousands of players in the long-running Star Wars: The Old Republic have been gathering to pay their respects to the late actress in-game.
Since Fisher’s passing earlier this week, thousands of players inside Star Wars: The Old Republic have been gathering in the game’s version of Alderann, which acts as the home for Princess Leia and the Organa family. In that time, numerous players have been flocking to the location to pay their respects to the beloved actress as a sort of in-game memorial in her memory.
As reported by PC Gamer, the usually high-level area has had more powerful players killing nearby enemies so lower-level player characters can join in the memorium for Fisher, with a player in one server even going as far as to create a character in the likeness of Princess Leia to pay their respects.
A fan tribute video from YouTube user Kerry Nobbs can be seen below with footage of players in-game offering their respects to Fisher, while the game’s official forums are also filling with messages and more in mourning. Fans of the game have also started a petition to Bioware for the company to create an in-game memorial statue to honor Fisher – considering that the game takes place thousands of years before Leia’s existence in the Star Wars universe it may be a tricky ask, but Bioware has not provided an official response yet to the request.
For more on the in-game memorials and tributes to honor the memory of the late Carrie Fisher, you can check out the fan-made video from Kerry Nobbs below: