And this year, they decided to bring that history to life in a universal and frankly rather touching way, via Fortnite.
The Royal Canadian Legion actually commissioned Epic Games to help them commemorate the soldiers who died in World War I, and educate people on the history of the conflict. Epic Games – specifically, Fortnite creator Jadan Allen -- responded by creating Remembrance Island, a custom map in the game’s Creative Mode. The mode, unsurprisingly, has no combat: but it has a lot of locations inspired by the war, a recreation of the Vimy Memorial, and 30 informational plaques for people to read. Also, rows and rows of poppy flowers, a flower which is extremely significant both to the war and to Canada specifically.
Oh, and Epic didn’t charge them a cent to do it. We don’t often give Epic Games the credit it’s (sometimes) due, so for what it’s worth: That’s some feel-good stuff right there.
In a press release:
"It’s our hope that young Canadians will take a few moments to visit this unique environment and learn about the men and women who gave their lives to protect our freedom. As time goes on, we have to find new ways to reach young people and tell the story of Canadian veterans. This is a fantastic example of how to do just that."
If you want to visit Remembrance island yourself, all you have to do is start a Creative service, approach a Featured rift, and enter the code 5053-3302-4847.