The Master Of Puppets emote costs 500 V-Bucks from the Fortnite items store – which equates to about £12 in real world money, the internet tells us – and allows the purchaser to "perform" as James Hetfield in the game. The roles of the other members of Metallica can then be filled by nearby players, even if they haven't purchased the emote.
Earlier this year, Metallica had their own 'Kate Bush moment' after Master Of Puppets featured in a pivotal scene in the final episode of the latest season of Stranger Things. During the episode, metalhead character Eddie Munson shredded his way through the song, causing a distraction that enabled his friends to complete their mission.
Master Of Puppets' appearance in Stranger Things proved so popular that the track entered the UK and US charts for the first time, less than a month after Kate Bush scored a UK No.1 with the 37-year-old Running Up That Hill on the back of its appearance in the series.
Metallica commented on the song's success, taking to Instagram to say (opens in new tab)(opens in new tab), "The way The Duffer Brothers [the show's directors] have incorporated music into Stranger Things has always been next level, so we were beyond psyched for them to not only include Master Of Puppets in the show, but to have such a pivotal scene built around it."
Late last month, Metallica announced details of their upcoming 12th studio album, 72 Seasons, and shared its thrashy lead-off single, Lux Æterna.
Pull some strings with the Master of Puppets Emote with music by @Metallica 🤘 pic.twitter.com/DP7hCIgMDQDecember 14, 2022