Video game players from around the world have come together to mourn the death of “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher in a virtual landscape.
Players on almost every server of BioWare’s MMORPG “Star Wars: The Old Republic” have gathered at an area called House Organa on the planet Alderaan to celebrate the life of Fisher, who portrayed Princess Leia Organa in the “Star Wars” original trilogy as well as “The Force Awakens.” The photos of the impromptu gatherings have shown players kneeling, toasting Fisher and mourning.
One player created an avatar that both resembles Leia’s white costume and has her iconic hair style from the original 1977 movie “A New Hope.” This avatar stands in an open area where other players could gather and pay their respects to the actress. Other players wrote heartfelt messages in the chat windows.
“Republic and Imperial alike. We all loved Carrie Fisher and still do. God bless us all and God bless Carrie Fisher as she gazes at us from heaven (or the Force),” player Tay’lirrubygleam wrote during one of the gatherings.
Fans have asked BioWare to add a tribute to Fisher into the game at House Organa; however, this would be difficult canonically, since “The Old Republic” takes place thousands of years before the birth of Leia Organa.
Players of “Star Wars: Battlefront” have also sought out ways to mourn the passing of the star. Strictly an online player-vs-player game, “Battlefront” players can sometimes take on playing as characters from the original trilogy, including Leia Organa. Fans of the game have asked DICE, the developer, to release a new skin for Princess Leia, as the only skin for her is the costume she wears during the battle on the ice planet Hoth in “The Empire Strikes Back.”
Fisher passed away yesterday following a massive heart attack and subsequent hospitalization on Friday, Dec. 23. She is best known for her work in “Star Wars.” However, she was also one of the most sought-after Hollywood script doctors, polishing scripts for fan favorite movies such as “Hook,” “Sister Act,” Scream 3″ and the “Star Wars” prequels.