Ready Player One (2018) Script

Get ready for the feel, the feel of real. X1.

No pain, no gain.


Pizza, guys.

Whoo-hoo!

Hello, Wade.

Hello, Mrs. Gilmore.

What's the matter? Life getting you down?

I was born in 2027.

After the Corn Syrup Droughts, after the Bandwidth Riots.

After people stopped trying to fix problems and just tried to outlive them.

My parents, they didn't make it through those times, so I live here in Columbus, Ohio, with my Aunt Alice.

In 2045, Columbus is the fastest-growing city on Earth.

It's where Halliday and Morrow started Gregarious Games.

These days, reality is a bummer.

Everyone is looking for a way to escape, and that's why Halliday...

That's why he was such a hero to us.

He showed us that we could go somewhere without going anywhere at all.

You don't need a destination when you're running on an omnidirectional treadmill with quadraphonic, pressure-sensitive underlay.

James Halliday saw the future.

And then he built it.

He gave us a place to go.

A place called the OASIS.

This is the OASIS.

It's a place where the limits of reality are your own imagination.

You can do anything...

...go anywhere.

Like the vacation planet.

Surf a 50-foot monster wave in Hawaii.

You can ski down the pyramids.

You can climb Mount Everest with Batman.

Check out this place. It's a casino the size of a planet.

You can lose your money there.

You can get married. You can get divorced.

You can... You can go in there.

People come to the OASIS for all the things they can do, but they stay because of all the things they can be.

Tall, beautiful, scary, a different sex, a different species, live-action, cartoon.

It's all your call.

Yeah, that's me. Well, that's my avatar.

At least, until I feel like changing it.

Except for eating, sleeping, and bathroom breaks, whatever people wanna do, they do it in the OASIS.

And since everyone is here, this is where we meet each other.

It's where we make friends.

Locate Aech.

Locating Aech.

Aech located.

Sector 12. Planet Doom.

Planet Doom, the most dangerous place in the OASIS, and a pretty great place to pick up coin.

Figures Aech would be there.

Aech is my best friend in the OASIS.

He's my best friend, period.

Even though I've never actually met him in the real world.

WADWhat's up, Aech? Hey, what up, Z?

Next race is in 20 minutes, and I can't do the late one.

What the hell are you up to?

Man, gettin' my kills on, bro.

Is that Daito?

Daito and Sho.

This an artifact hunt?

Yup. Gregarious 120.

Turn into any giant robot for two minutes. That's rad.

Artifacts.

Those were key.

Halliday made sure the OASIS was littered with enough randomly powerful stuff that anyone could win if they had the skills.

Death matches and artifact hunts are a good way to coin-snatch, but depending on your level of armor, they're risky.

You see, everyone starts the same, but the more coin you make...

Mom! Mom! ...the more you level up.

If you get killed, your avatar can come back to life...

Go get your dad!

...but you lose all your stuff.

Everything you've ever worked for.

All your money.

Your clothes.

Your weapons.

Since people spend most of their time in the OASIS...

...losing your shit means...

Well, losing your shit.

Aech, 10 minutes until the race starts.

AECOkay, Mom, I heard you.

You see, the OASIS was the brainchild of James Halliday.

He and his partner, Ogden Morrow, released the first OASIS build in 2025.

It was an instant success, and it made them both very rich.

But Morrow was out of the picture after a few years. And Halliday?

He wasn't just the owner of the world's biggest company.

He was like a god. People loved him.

They worshiped him as much as his creation.

Maybe we should stop talking about it and start, uh, showing it.

If you all wanna reach under your seats, you'll find that there's nothing there.

But we're gonna... we're each gonna bring you one now.

And then, on January 7, 2040...

He died.

And what he left behind changed everything.

Hello. I am James Halliday.

If you're watching this, I'm dead.

Before I died, I created what we in the biz call an "Easter egg."

A hidden object in a game that gives special powers to whoever discovers it.

The first person to find the egg I've hidden somewhere inside the OASIS will inherit my stock in Gregarious Games, currently valued in excess of half a million do...

Uh, half a trillion dollars' worth, and total control of the OASIS itself.

In the form of my avatar, Anorak the All-Knowing, I created three keys.

Three hidden challenges test for worthy traits revealing three hidden keys to three magic gates.

And those with the skill to survive these straits will reach the end, where the prize awaits.

Off you go, keys.

The keys aren't just laying around under a rock somewhere.

I suppose you could say they're invisible, hidden in a dark room that's at the center of a maze that's located somewhere up here.

Let the hunt for Halliday's Easter egg begin.

The challenge is to find three keys, but in five years, no one has even gotten one key.

And the big scoreboard? Still empty.

Some long-forgotten gunter cracked the first clue and found the first challenge.

Then, this portal appeared.

But the challenge to win the first key was a race designed by Halliday that was so hard, no one had ever finished it.

The only ones still trying are the gunters, as in "egg hunters," like me and Sho and Daito, and my best friend, Aech.

Oh, and of course, the Sixers.

The Sixers work for IOI...

Sixers!

...Innovative Online Industries.

They're the second-largest company in the world with designs on becoming the first.

Which is why they're putting everything they got into winning Halliday's contest.

Buckle up!

Sit in!

We call 'em "Sixers" 'cause that's the company rule.

No name, just numbers.

They have a support team made up of Halliday scholars.

Like me, they spend all their time studying pop culture that Halliday was obsessed with, trying to find clues to solve the contest.

They're just following the orders of the head of IOI, this dickweed named Nolan Sorrento.

How'd you get here before me?

Well, I didn't make a pit stop at the hair salon.

What up, Z? What's up, Aech?

Saved you a spot.

Thanks, bro.

I gotta go to the back.

Ugh. So you can skim coins from crashed cars?

That's just sad, man. Fuel's low.

Oh, but you still had enough to pay for that Something About Mary hairdo.


First to the key.

First to the egg!


Aech, are you seeing this?

Yeah, I see it. That's Kaneda's bike from Akira.

It's a licensed skin over a standard frame.

No, not the bike. Forget the bike.

The girl, I think it's Art3mis.

The Art3mis? The Sixer Fixer?

I've seen all her walk-throughs, her Twitch streams.

It's her. It's definitely her.


Go, go, go! Get there! Come on!

AECYou got it, you got it!

Balls.

She's not gonna make it.

Bail! Bail out!

Bail!

Ow!


Damn, I loved that bike.

Oh, Aech could...

Well, he's my friend, but he could fix it for you.

This is my workshop. Touch nothing.

Where did you find an Iron Giant?

Find it? I'm building it. That's a commission.

Oh, yeah. Aech is top-rated on the mod boards.

People all over the OASIS pay him serious coin.

Oh, hey, check this out!

Hey. Z, yo.

The Galactica, of course. These are my babies, all right, man?

Sulaco, from Aliens.

Dude, how are you showing off my shit?

Valley Forge, from Silent Running. Oh, where's the Harkonnen Drop-Ship?

That thing is sick. Folds space like a boss.

I mean, you can get from Incipio to Arrakis in three seconds...

Fingers!

You'll have to excuse him.

He gets a little nervous around pretty girls.

I can fix it in 10 minutes.

Yup. He's pretty great.

I assume you and Shoulder Blades are clanned up.

Oh, Aech? Nah.

I mean, he's really good, but I don't clan.

Oh, 'cause you're Parzival, as in the knight who found the Holy Grail by himself.

What about you, Art3mis?

Goddess of the hunt. Clans must be killing to sign you up.

Favorite shooter? Excuse me?

James Halliday's favorite first-person shooter.

What? Oh. GoldenEye.

Playing as? Oddjob. Is this a test?

Favorite game variant?

Game variant was "slappers only." No weapons.

I know what "slappers only" means. Racer?

Turbo. And his favorite food was Hot Pockets.

Favorite restaurant was Chuck E Cheese.

Song was Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles.

Video wTake on Me by A-ha.

Oh, oh... His favorite quote was from Superman.

"Some people can read War and Peace

"and come away thinking it's a simple adventure story..."

"Others can read the ingredients on the back of a chewing-gum wrapper

"and unlock the secrets of the universe."

Lex Luthor.

Cool.

What would you do? If you won. The whole contest, I mean.

Oh! I mean, I've got tons of plans in the real world.

I'd... I'd move into a huge mansion, buy a bunch of cool shit, not be poor.

Now I know why you stopped short.

I stopped because of Kong. No one ever makes it past Kong.

That... That's... That's, like, a rule.

Well, then you know it can't be true. Because Halliday hated making rules.

I can't afford to zero out.

You're afraid to lose your shit. No, I'm not!

What happens when IOI offers you guaranteed coin for the keys to the kingdom?

Nolan Sorrento takes over the world.

A real gunter would risk everything to save the OASIS from IOI.

Who said that?

Me.

There you go. Good as new.

Thanks for the fix-up, my man.

That's better.

I'll wave to you from the finish line, McFly.

That went well.

Thanks to you, Captain Big Mouth.

Wade? Wade? Where the hell are my gloves?

Shit. I gotta go.

ANNOUNCEX1.

When I'm after gold on Planet Doom, I need every edge I can get.

Every push, punch, gunshot, you feel it all.

Get ready for the feel, the feel of real. X1.

The X1 is like wearing a second skin.

A skin that kicks ass.

I zeroed out 'cause of your broke-ass gloves.

Who told you to use them?

You took hers.

So you lost a death match.

Why don't you just respawn and level up like everyone else?

You don't get it.

I bought all these power-ups for this challenge, and I lost it all.

That artifact was gonna pay for the house!

Wait.

How much of our house money did you spend on upgrades?

Well, all of it, but I was gonna win.

That was our ticket out of here.

You idiot.

No, but I only lost 'cause of the bad gloves.

Our house! Our goddamn house!

My boys were in that challenge.

You couldn't have beat them in a bootsuit, you noob.

Stop! No! No!

Alice, call the police!

No, we are not calling the cops.

Go to your room, Rick.

Aw, come on, Alice.

Why do you put up with this guy? He's a shitshow.

I ought to kick the both of you out. I swear to G-O-D, Wade Watts, if I catch you touching my stuff again, not joking... Out.

"Wade Watts."

My dad picked that name because it sounded like a superhero's alter ego, like Peter Parker or Bruce Banner.

But he died when I was a kid.

My mom, too, and I ended up here, living with Aunt Alice and her endless string of hard-loving losers.

"Halliday hated making rules."

Why is that line sticking in my head?

Maybe it's 'cause Art3mis said it, and she's hot.

Maybe it's because she called me out, sitting here in my tiny corner of nowhere, protecting my small slice of nothing.

Or maybe...

Maybe it's because that line means something and I missed it.

The day the contest was announced, the Halliday Journals appeared.

He told us to look in his brain. This was the next best thing.

At first, it was jammed with gunters looking for answers.

Now, the once-crowded halls of Halliday's memories are left to people like me.

Parzival. Oh, joy!

And how will you eat up my valuable search time today?

Gregarious Games, 2029... Office party.

Office party. Yes, you've only seen it a thousand times.

Why not go back?

Each entry into Halliday's Journals is meticulously assembled from personal photographs, home video recordings, surveillance, and nanny cams.

All rendered into a three-dimensional virtual experience.

Also, Halliday archived every film, game, book, and television program he ever saw, located on the mezzanine.

No weapons or mature-themed avatars are permitted within the Journals.

Please enjoy your time with us, and happy gunting!

I like cleaning up.

Okay, Jim, I'm, uh... I'm going.

Everything changes, Jim. Everything evolves.

Some things are perfect just the way they arAsteroids.

People don't live inside an Asteroids arcade cabinet.

I know that.

Yeah, well, people are living inside the arcade we built.

I built. Uh, well...

Right. Well, I guess you can say whatever you want.

I don't really wanna talk about it anymore.

No, of course you don't wanna talk about it.

You're forcing me out.

Closer on Halliday.

Look, invention comes with responsibilities you didn't ask for.

All right, if you make something people want or need then it's up to you to set the limits. You have to make some rules.

"I don't wanna make any more rules."

I don't wanna make any more rules.

"I'm a dreamer."

I'm a dreamer.

I build worlds. "I build worlds."

We created something beautiful, Jim, but it's changed.

Okay? It's really not a game anymore.

Are we finished?

I liked how things were when they were...

When it was a game.

And we're back to where we started. But that's the point, isn't it?

Things move forward whether you like it or not.

Yeah, we're finished.

Fine.

Why can't we go backwards, for once?

Backwards, really fast. Fast as we can.

Really put the pedal to the metal, you know?

Go back 10 seconds!

Why can't we go backwards, for once?

Backwards, really fast. Fast as we can.

Really put the pedal to the metal, you know?

Bill and Ted did it.


Back again so soon?

Careful not to lose your shit.

You figured something out.

Parzival, tell me.


Nice racing, Padawan. You're the first to finish.

Mr. Halliday... Anorak.

It's such an honor.

The honor is all mine.

Get yourself a clue.

Who is this Parzival, and how the hell is he winning?

Well, here's a better question. Who cares?

Halliday's contest is vitally important.

I mean, it's nothing less than a war for control of the future.

But this Parzival? He's not even clanned up.

He's alone. We have an army.

And yet, he's got the first key.

Yeah, he has a key, but you have to get three of 'em to win the contest.

Our stock dove 6% yesterday.

Loyalty division is reporting profits of 28%. F'Nale.

We're opening five new loyalty centers this month.

Debt Services dwarfs Hardware.

Now, you really wanna talk to me about stock prices?

The shareholders won't be happy.

It's not our job to make them happy. It's our job to make them money, but once we launch this little baby, they're gonna flip.

We call this Pure O2.

This is the first of our planned upgrades.

Once we can roll back some of Halliday's ad restrictions, we estimate we can sell up to 80% of an individual's visual field before inducing seizures, so picture this...

All of this implies we win the contest.

Indeed, it does.

Dude, you won the key and 100,000 coins?

As soon as I took the key, all the coins just appeared in my account.

I'll tell you what, I'm soiling my haptics right now.

What the hell's a Cataclyst?

A bomb. Kills every avatar on a planet, even the owner.

Who'd want that?

IOI. They buy everything.

Twenty-thou for the holy hand grenade?

That's a steal!

Whoa! Zemeckis Cube! I need one of those.

Okay, don't spend all your money.

X1 haptic bootsuit.

Oh, yeah!


i-R0k, old friend. How are you?

To be honest, I have kind of a neck thing.

It's like a carpel-tunnel deal but with your neck, if that's even a thing.

So if you could just stand to... to your right.

My right, your left.

Thanks, it's the repetitive stress. Oh.

Here he is.

The steampunk pirate king. I knew him well, Sorrento.

There are only three things in this world I hate, steampunk, pirates, and tabbouleh.

I mean, why do they even have it?

Is there a reason we're meeting here?

Yes, Nolan. The Orb of Osuvox.

You wanted it. He had it. And so here it is.

It creates an impenetrable magic shield that can only be taken down by a magic spell.

The Orb of Osuvox.

Don't say that again.

Okay.

Now, I'm gonna need you to keep this for now.

I'm gonna let you know when I wanna use it.

Okay?

Right now, though, I have another job for you.

Ah.

Parzival.

Let me guess, you want him off the scoreboard.

Can you do that?

Well, he's a superstar.

He made it through the first gate and avatars are gonna be on him like hoes on Santa. i-R0k, how much more do you want?

That's what I like about you, Nolan. You never lick.

You bite straight to the chocolaty center of the Tootsie Pop.

Remember that old commercial, with the owl? i-R0k.

Three times my normal fee.

Done.

Wait, really? I should have asked for five.

Is four still on the table?

There's five of us on the big board now.

Art3mis was next, no surprise there.

She was on the track when I won. She saw me going backwards.

I gave Aech a tip, made him promise not to say anything, and then he won next.

I'm pretty sure he bragged to our pal Daito, 'cause he won right after.

And of course, Daito told his best friend, Sho...

He totally totaled his car, but then Sho got it, too.

"A creator who hates his own creation.

"A hidden key, a leap not taken. Retrace your steps, escape your past."

"A creator who hates his own creation.

"A hidden key, a leap not taken. Retrace your steps, escape your past.

"And the key of jade will be yours at last."


"Escape your past."

What part of your past are you trying to escape, Halliday?

Hey, it's Parzival! Dude!

You're, like, totally my hero!

Hey, Parzival! Over here!

Dude, you're amazing!

Hey, Parzival! Right here! Let me get an autograph!

Watch it!

You're famous now! You can't just go wherever you want!

No, no, no, I...

Huh?

Ahh!

That is... That is not funny.

Oh, God.

Ugh.

Oh, God. Don't you get it?

You're "the Parzival" now.

You have to have a disguise.

Okay, here.

Clark Kent glasses.

They hide your identity without changing your look.

I'm not wearing that.

This is great.

The way your inventory bursts out when you die.

They didn't want any more blood.

This is right before the OASIS went live.

Six days prior. December 2nd, 2025.

Check this out.

You know who that is?

Is that Sorrento?

Sorrento started as an intern.

He claims he learned at the feet of the master.

That's how he convinced IOI to create the Sixers for him, his Halliday knowledge.

But ask Ogden Morrow?

He says the only thing Sorrento actually knew about Halliday was how he liked his coffee.

You could have, like, different tiers of accounts, like a gold member.

A person could be silver, platinum, bronze.

You know, depending on what they paid.

You know, highest one maybe being "Water" because "OASIS," right?

Hell of a latte.

Can you fast-forward to the stuff about Halliday's date?

What? Halliday actually went on a date?

So, what happened?

Nothing. I invited her over.

Well, did you at least get her name?

Yeah. Kira, I told you, like the character in The Dark Crystal.

That's her gamer tag.

Karen. Karen.

Yeah, okay? Karen Underwood.

No, no. Karen Underwood, as in Ogden Morrow's wife?

Just watch.

So, listen, you and Karen Underwood. What'd you do?

She wanted to go dancing, so we watched a movie.

And?

Where's the juice?

Give me some juice!

There is no juice! Oh, God!

Hold the phone.

Halliday went on a date with Ogden Morrow's wife?

Just once, years before they were even married, but yeah.

And despite that, and the fact that she died, the name "Kira" is only mentioned once in all of Halliday's Journals.

That's not possible.

It is. Look it up.

What we just saw is the only time she's ever mentioned.

It makes no sense.

She was an important part of both their lives.

I'll bet you anything. All my coin.

Search "Karen Underwood Morrow."

Kira, I told you, like the character in The Dark Crystal.

That's her gamer tag.

Halliday purposely removed every mention of her except for this one.

That's weird. Why?

It's like, it was just so painful for him to have to see her face or hear her name.

Well, he loved her.

He couldn't tell that to Morrow.

Oh, that's sad. He should have told her how he felt.

Yeah, well, he missed his chance.

Look.

I found the clue to the race in the other scene, but...

I've always felt that the biggest clue to the contest was hidden here.

You're right.

I lose.

Don't sweat it, Curator.

You see, Kira is the Rosebud at the center of his story.

She's the big mystery.

No, no. A bet is a bet.

Oh, wow. A quarter. You can keep it.

No. You can keep it.

You free Thursday? Who, me?

No, him.

Oh, my God. Yes, you!

You know The Distracted Globe?

Yeah, the dance club.

Meet me there. 10:00 p.m.

There's something I wanna show you.

Uh, bye-bye!

Did she just ask me out?

And I was starting to like her.

All right.

I don't do that.

Z, I can't believe you told her about Kira.

What? I told you.

Hey, what about this?

No. Have you considered that Art3mis could be using you?

Hey, dude, she's giving me a clue. Maybe I'm the one using her.

Should I go more Thriller?

No.

Punk?

No.

Duran Duran.

No.

Does it look like I'm trying too hard?

Yes! Listen to yourself!

You have a massive cyber crush on this girl.

She's hacking your heart to get to your head.

I got it!

Buckaroo Banzai? Yeah!

Really? You're gonna wear the outfit from your favorite movie?

Don't be that guy.

I am that guy.

Z, you gotta be more careful about who you meet in the OASIS.

Aech, Art3mis gets me. She'll get my outfit.

There's just this connection. I mean, sometimes, we even...

Finish each other's sentences? Yeah!

We have that. Me and you.

Yeah, I know, but that's because we're best friends, dude.

She could be a dude, too, dude.

Come on.

I'm serious!

She could actually be a 300-pound dude who lives in his mama's basement in suburban Detroit.

And her name is Chuck.

Think about that.


Whoa, dude, is that Parzival?

Parzival! Oh, my God, Parzival!

Come here, man. Hey, can we get a photo?

Thank you so much! Dude, you're my hero!

Hey, Parzival.

Thank you.

Get out of town! Buckaroo Banzai?

Huh? I like it. I liBuckaroo Banzai.

Oh, thanks! It's great!

Yeah! You look... Oh.

You look awesome!

Thank you. Wow.

A big one, a small one?

A big one!

Get out of here.

What a freak! I thought he was kind of cute.

Have you been here before?

It's cool, right? I mean...

So, what's the plan?

Are you gonna kill their avatars? Zero them out?

They're both here at The Distracted Globe.

I can't talk.

The Distracted Globe was one of the first clubs Halliday created in the OASIS.

That's common knowledge.

But I double-checked and it turns out he started building it right after that moment you showed me.

The date with Kira.

Right, and she was a serious dancer.

Maybe he thought he'd take her here, like on a virtual date.

As if that ever works.

So Halliday built it for her?

But they never made it past the first date.

So Halliday's the creator...

Who hates his own creation.

And the club is the thing he hates.

And "A hidden key, a leap not taken"?

But people jump off it all night long.

But none of those people had the Copper Key, so when we jump off, maybe it's different. Right?

WADRight.

So we take it together?

Sure.

We're not clanning up or anything.

Of course not. I don't clan.

Wait...

Whoa!

Ow! Whoa.

I don't think this is it. No scoreboard, no obstacles.

Maybe a dance challenge? Huh? Whoa!

Old-school!


You come prepared?

"Prepared"?

What kind of haptics you rockin'?

You got the gloves and full visor, or a full body?

Can you feel this?

Um, yeah.

I got the X1 haptic bootsuit with the microfiber crotch inlay.

My, Parzival, you did come prepared.

So, I've been thinking.

Maybe it'd be cool if we met up in the real world.

No, you'd be disappointed.

No, I wouldn't. I like you.

You don't even know me.

This isn't what I really look like.

This isn't my real body, or my real face.

I don't care.

I wanna know your real name.

Stayin' alive, stayin' alive Ah, ha, ha, ha

My name's Wade. What?

I said my name's... Stop!

Well, Buckaroo blows it. Shocking.

Are you crazy? You don't tell anyone who you are.

You can't use your real name.

You're not just anyone.

You don't know me.

You don't know anything about me. We've never met.

I do know you, Arty.

I'm in love with you.

Is this part of the challenge? No.

It's an ambush.

IOI, always in the way.

Did you hear what I said? I said I'm in love with you.

No, you're not.

You only know what I want you to know.

You only see what I want you to see.

That's what you're in love with.

Watch out!

Pull.

Head back! Z! Your armor is running low.

I just bought this.

Zemeckis Cube.

Turns everything back in time 60 seconds.

And you waited until now to use it?

Wow, you were amazing.

This isn't a game, Z.

I'm doing this to stop IOI.

I'm talking about real-world consequences.

People suffering.

Actual life-and-death stuff. I know. I know...

No, you don't know! My dad died in a loyalty center.

He borrowed gear. He built up debt.

He moved in with the promise of working it off, but he never did.

IOI just raised his living expenses, then he got sick, and he couldn't afford to get out.

And then he died!

I'm so sorry, I didn't...

No, you don't live in the real world, Z.

From what you've told me, I don't think you ever have.

You live inside this... This illusion, and I can't afford to let you distract me.

How the hell did they get away?

Do you want the long version? Your guys suck.

They failed to kill his avatar, which, if we're offering constructive criticism, was a lame idea and only would've slowed him down.

Whereas my plan, which was cool because I rock, actually worked.

He's still on the board.

I know that, Nolan. But he won't be for long.

I did a search for all the Wades who had recently bought an X1 bootsuit, cross-referenced that with public records, and voila, which is French for... "And then I found out."

Ready?

The real-world identity of Parzival is Wade Watts.

Voila.

Are you loyal, Ms. Zandor?

You really want me to answer that?

Well, when you're at war, you need people who are loyal to a fault.

People you can count on to get things done.

I just get people arrested for not paying their bills.

Yeah, 'cause there are some problems that require a physical solution, but there are other times, particularly at war, when you need a different set of rules.

The rules of war. Exactly.

It's too bad my division doesn't operate inside the OASIS.

Yeah, but if this war remains in the OASIS, then you can't do anything.

So, this is one of those conversations that we're not really having.

Well, we've had these kind of conversations before, and look where you are now.

You got a seat on the board, head of your own division, a division that will cease to exist if the wrong person wins this contest.

F'Nale, a game decides our fate.

The only question is, how far are we willing to go to win it?

Tell me what you need, Nolan.


Whoa.

Where am I?

IOI Plaza. You're a hologram in the real world.

That's a really cool rig.

Thank you. It's a brand-new Habashaw, OIR 9400.

It looks like a giant hamster ball.

You know, if you came to work at IOI, you'd get one of these.

I don't clan up.

You'd also get your own penthouse apartment in Columbus with the highest-speed connection.

In the OASIS, you'd get unlimited weapons, magic items, ships.

You want the ship from Defender?

You know, the kind that can just jump into hyperspace?

You want the Millennium Falcon?

You have that?

Anything you need to help you find that egg, and then there's the salary.

Four million a year.

And if you do happen to find that Easter egg, there's a bonus.

Twenty-five million dollars.

I can see you're using emotion-suppressing software right now, and why wouldn't you? It's smart, not to show your hand.

It is a lot of money. I could really use it.

But I don't think you and I would have the same plans.

Well, I don't know about that. What, for the OASIS?

I guess if you're not a John Hughes fan...

Of course I am.

Because the first thing that I would do is convert all the schools on Ludus to replicas from The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller.

No way. That's a great idea.

Which school, Ridgemont or Faber?

Fast Times at Ridgemont High, not John Hughes.

It's a trap. Faber College from Animal House.

John Hughes didn't direct Fast Times at Ridgemont High or Animal House.

Ferris Bueller and The Breakfast Club, they went to Shermer High School, which is in Shermer, Illinois. I know what you think.

You think I'm a corporate asshole, that I don't appreciate pop culture, but...

Man, that's not true. You know, when I wanna blow off steam...

Drink Tab, plRobotron, listen to Duran Duran.

I crack open a Tab.

I put on some Duran Duran. I play Robotron.

That's why I love the OASIS.

'Cause it's just full of all these things, man, that people love. You know?

I'm a businessman. I get it.

But I gotta do my job.

But I didn't ask you here just to help us find the egg, Parzival.

I asked you here for what comes after.

What would Halliday say?

James Halliday is dead.

Yeah. He is.

All that's left of him is this contest. And you know what?

It just seems like he wouldn't want you winning it.

A fanboy knows a hater, and I know you've got a whole department of oologists in your ear.

So, if you wanna know what I really think...

I think you're full of shit.

Here's my offer.

Your board of directors, you got them in the other ear?

Why don't you tell 'em this.

If they dump you, I'll consider it.

I might say something off the record.

I had to make the offer.

The board expected it, but I was really hoping you'd say no.

Because if anyone's gonna win this competition, it's me.

My avatar gets the egg

'cause I'm the only one here with the balls to run this place.

Wow, you really switched gears there.

From fairly reasonable to maniacal overlord.

You should be grateful, Wade.

You won't be around to endure my maniacal reign.

Yeah, that's right. I know who you are.

Wade Owen Watts, born August 12, 2027.

I also know where you are. Unit 56K, Columbus stacks.

You were last seen entering your trailer three days ago.

You haven't left since.

What are you doing? You can't...

With all that's going on in the world, do you really think that anyone's gonna give a damn about an explosion in some ghetto trash rat warren in Columbus?

Sorrento, don't do this. I'm not even there!

Not for long.

Call Alice.

Dial Alice.


Pick up! Pick up! Alice!

This bootsuit's pretty awesome. Thanks for that.

Rick! Rick, the place is gonna blow!

Rick, is that Wade?

Put Alice on! Let me talk to him.

Don't call here anymore, you got me?

I don't wanna hear your voice ever again.


Contact Aech, Daito, Sho, and Art3mis.

IOI came for me in the real world.

They gotta be coming after you, so wherever you are...


Sorry about the blindfold.

My guys are a little paranoid.

Say that again.

My guys are a little paranoid.

Art3mis?

My real name is Samantha, but yeah, I'm Art3mis.

Showers are that way, clean clothes, too.

Welcome to the rebellion, Wade.

That's IOI. So the stacks are over there?

We've been living this close to each other the whole time?

Next door, around the world, it's... it's all the same in the OASIS.

For the record, um...

I'm not disappointed.

You said I... I would be disappointed when I met you, but...

I'm not.

I've lived with it my whole life. You don't have to pretend.

You have a birthmark, so what?

Why would that scare me?

Z, if I hurt you, I'm... I'm sorry.

No, it's...

Wait, did... did you just call me "Z"?

Oh, my God. Did I? I think you did.

Wade, I'm sorry.

Yeah, Wade, Z.

You can call me whatever you want. And I'll call you Sam.

No.

Uh, Samantha?

Okay. Cool.

Wow.

It's so much slower here.

I mean, the wind, the people...

Everything.

We forget what it's like to be outside.

Yeah.

Uh... Oh, shit!

I just figured it out. Figured what out?

The second clue. I know what it means.

We've been thinking about it too literally.

"The leap not taken," the leap Halliday didn't take, is with Kira.

Yeah, but... I mean, he blamed her for breaking up him and Morrow.

No. Halliday was madly in love with her.

He had a chance with Kira. He had a chance to kiss her, but...

He didn't take the leap.

Right. So that's where we go next.

The place where the leap wasn't taken.

Where the date was.

At the movies!

Hey, Curator.

We figured out the second clue. The challenge is here.

Halliday kept track of every movie he ever watched, the week and the year he watched it, and how many times.

Curator, can we see November 23 to 27, 2025?

That's the week he went on the date with Kira.

Okay, so our options for that week are The Fly remake.

Great flick, terrible date movie.

Say Anything... That would make sense.

We gotta remember the clue. "A creator who hates his own creation."

The Shining!

It's Halliday's 11th favorite horror film, and it's based on the best-selling book by Stephen King, who hated the movie!

Hey! No side chitchat.

I think we found it.

Are you absolutely sure you want to go here?

Absolutely positive.

Let's hope you have the belly for it.


Look.

Ticking clock.

Okay, so I'm estimating about five minutes to find the key.

Yeah, there are so many keys The Shining, though.

Where do we start?

I've never seen The Shining. Is it really scary?

Uh, I had to watch it through my fingers.

Okay, so we got the key from room 237, the keys to the Snowcat, or the keys they give Jack at the beginning of the movie.

Well, if it's "the leap not taken," maybe the key isn't a key at all.

I know where the Snowcat keys are!

I say we split up.

We get all the keys and then we meet back at the Torrances' apartment.

Hello, Danny.

Come play with us.

Little girls, y'all know how to get out of here?

Wait, wait!

Wait, where's Aech?

Wait!

Aech!

No, no, no, no!

Ahh!

Ahh!


Oh, uh, hi, naked lady. I'm sorry.

I didn't mean to interrupt, uh, your bath time.

Uh, I know self-care can be important.

Uh, but can you do me a favor and tell me, where are all the exits?

Huh. Whoa.

Okay, am I being punked?

'Cause you're likin' me a little way too much.

All right, you know what? I'ma go with it.

Ahh!


Time's running out.

Yo, Z, is Art3mis pissed at me?

Dude, I'm pissed at you. You've never seen The Shining, have you?

You know I hate scary movies!

We got the key.

Sweet! To room 237!

We ain't got no business goin' to room 237!

We should stay out!

Plus, there was this crazy, naked zombie lady in there.

There are no zombies The Shining.

Well, maybe it's not supposed to be like the movie.

Kira is the key. You're the one who said it.

Hey, y'all. I saw a picture of Kira!

Huh?

Where?

It's Kira. "Escape your past."

"The leap not taken."

Halliday's greatest fear wasn't The Shining or any book or movie.

His biggest fear was kissing a girl.

That's the leap he couldn't take.

The ballroom.

Aech, come on.

Zombies. Told you.

That's her.

That's Kira.

None of this is in The Shining.

Z, look. That's the zombie-circle level in Mayhem Mansion, one of Halliday's first games.

The whole Shining trivia is just a diversion.

One minute left.

How do we get to her?

Take the leap.

Wait!

Whoa!

Okay, Mr. Dead Guy. Cool if I lead?


Care to dance?

Do you know how long I've been waiting for you to ask?

Well, well, well.

So you found my Jade Key.

Imagine that.

Thank you.

Kira was a very beautiful... Go on.


One of our oologists saw them enter the media library.

She cracked the clue.

Now, we just have to win The Shining challenge.

Get her off me! Get her off me!

Mr. Sorrento, I really think you need to see this.

Now Parzival's got the Jade Key.

He's alive.

I know. I'll get back to you.

I got what you're looking for.

Freeze. This guy. The one with the lame tattoo.

Run him through our database, every IOI drone in Columbus.

Find him.


Groceries are here.

All right. Gluten-O's...

"If you know the answer ultimate, "divide it by the number magic, "and what you need, want, and desire will be found in the fortress tragic."

"Tragic," that's gotta be Halliday referring to himself.

Why?

Because he was lonely.

He had no one to spend his life with towards the end.

Yeah, that's true.

The contest has gotta be somehow about connecting with someone.

Anyone.

He wants the person who cares for the OASIS to be connected with the world.

That's what I think he's trying to tell us.

Wade.

You understand Halliday.

You know him better than anyone.

It's exactly why I think you'll win.

Really? You really think I'm gonna win?

Do not move!

Target identified!

Freeze! Don't move!

This leads right to the alley. You first.

I'm right behind you. Go now!

Come on!

Wade, the OASIS needs you. What?

I'm gonna delay them. Wait!

No, no, no, wait! No, no, no!

You'll forgive me for this, I promise.

Freeze, freeze, freeze!

Don't move!

Samantha Evelyn Cook.

IOI has purchased and consolidated all of your outstanding debt, currently in excess of 23,000 credits.

You will be remanded to the nearest IOI loyalty center until your debt is paid in full, including any interest, processing, or late fees you incur henceforth.

Does anybody have eyes? Check down the next street!

"First to the key." "First to the egg."

Wait, what?

"Never trust someone you meet in the OASIS."

"She might be a 300-pound dude named Chuck..."

"Who lives in his mama's basement in suburban Detroit."

Aech!

Helen. My dad called me "H." It kinda stuck. Let's go!

That thing's IDing my van.

Come on. They've spotted us.

Daito.

My real name is Toshiro. Samantha got us a message.

She told us to meet you here.

Samantha, they took her to the...

The loyalty center, I know.

Look, in other awesome news, the Sixers found the third challenge.

What? Just come on, get in!

All right. Let's go.

Hurry up. Go, go, go. All right.

How did IOI find the third challenge so fast?

IOI cracked the first three lines of the clue, so they knew it was sector 14 but they couldn't figure out "the fortress tragic."

So they sent every guide they had into that sector until they found the right fortress.

Sho?

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I'm 11, so what?

His real name is Xo.

But everyone else calls me Sho, no big deal.

No. It is a big deal.

Sho, you're the world's most badass 11-year-old ever.

He knows.

Shut up! Let him tell me.

Aech!

We have to go save Samantha.

Well, we can't just go through the doors of IOI.

Look, I've been thinkin' about it. I got a better plan.

You saw Sorrento's rig, right?

Yeah.

Let's go after the man himself and make him give Art3mis back to us.

But first, I have to know exactly, how much about Sorrento's rig do you remember?

Kind of everything.

Maintenance, report to loyalty pod 31-B.

Security, please report to section 97 for escort.


Hey! Newbie, get to work.

Get to work.

Work violation. Work violation.

Lay those charges every six feet.

Keep it moving!

Hey, you!

Those are explosives!

IOI will not reimburse any lost coin if you zero out.

Keep it moving!

So what is this challenge, some sort of video game thing?

An Atari 2600, sir.

And every game ever made for it, thousands of possibilities.

Come up!

Halliday, this is how you plan to resolve the fate of the world's most important economic resource?

Call me when you're close. Yes, sir.

Go, go! No! Ahh!

One minute into Centipede, the ice broke.

It has to be Joust!

Halliday still holds the world record on the 2600 port of that game.

Maybe we just need to beat his high score.

Pitfall! One of the only 2600 games that still hasn't ended.

And how about those Swordquest games?

Yes! The Swordquest games.

They were created for a contest Atari held with real...

i-R0k, how are we doin'?

To be honest, I think I need physical therapy because it's not...

Is the Orb ready?

Um, as you wish.

The Orb...

Of Osuvox.

Ah...

How does it work?

Has it got, like, a remote or is there a button or something?

Nolan, it's a level-99 magic artifact, not one of your drones, so it is activated by a magic spell.

Would you care to do the honors?


Where is she?

How'd you get in here?

Art3mis. Who?

Samantha Cook. Where is she?

If you wanna talk, we can talk, but you gotta put that gun down.

You killed my mom's sister.

You think I won't kill you?

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Just slow down, okay?

That was a corporate decision. It was not personal.

Where is she?

She's downstairs in the loyalty center!

I know she's in the goddamn loyalty center.

You're gonna tell me exactly which rig she's in and the access code to contact her.

Yeah, that seems appropriate.

Start with access code.

6, 45, 7, 25.

Where's the rig?

I think he pissed himself.

Good job, Z. We're in his account.

So he really doesn't know he's in the OASIS?

This is what Sorrento should be seeing, but this... This is what we're making him see.

We grabbed him in transit just as he was logging out of the OASIS, so he thinks he's back in his office in the real world.

But actually, he's here, in the identical office that Aech built.

So, you basically just remotely hacked his rig.

A fixed rig like Sorrento's is easy to locate, hard to hack.

Unless he's stupid enough to leave his password lying around.

Loyalty center, I'm in.

All right, let's get to work.

Arty. Z? Z? Z?

Arty, don't say anything.

I'm tapped directly into your audio feed.

How did you find me?

We got his password, hacked Sorrento's rig.

Z, I have something to tell you.

Not now. I have something to show you that'll get you out of there.

The Sixers found the third challenge. It's on Planet Doom.

And there's more, they just put a force field around Anorak's Castle.

I heard one of the guards calling it "the Orb of Osuvox," and the only way to take it down is from the inside.

She's right. Level-99 artifact, creates a magic-resistant, impenetrable barrier.

No way through it.

Okay, listen. That's not important right now.

What's important is that we get you out of the rig.

All right, so I'm looking at a diagram of your rig.

If you reach up with your left hand at 11 o'clock, there's some... there's a panel above your head.

Yeah, yeah. Yeah, I can feel it.

Okay, there should be two release handles.

Nine o'clock and three o'clock. Can you feel them?

Yeah, I got it. Okay, pull it towards you.

Okay, inside the panel, there's a lever.

Grab it with your right hand and slide it to the left.

That should release you.

It worked. It worked, I'm out.

Loyalty pod 41-F, you are on an authorized break for 10 minutes.

Pod 41-F, you are on 10-minute break.

Proceed to break area.

Wade, are you still there?

Yeah, I'm here. Where are you?

Where is Sorrento's office?

It's in the IOI war room, two levels above where you are now.

But that's not the way out.

What's his password?

Wade, answer me.

Okay, it's capital B-0-55-man-69.

But, Arty, you need to go.

You need to raise an army.

An army?

Get to Planet Doom, and wait for my signal.

What signal?

I'm gonna take down that shield.

Wait, Arty, wait! You gotta get out of there! Arty!

Hey, how much are they paying you?

'Cause, man, I got a lot of paper.

You know, I can make you, like, a forest.

Hey, shut up.

Okay.


This isn't real, you're tapping my feed.

Uh-oh. Guys.

F'Nale, they've hacked my rig. They're after the girl.

Meet me at loyalty.

Pod 41-F, you have exceeded your break time.

Report to security or your coin count will be reset to zero.

So, she just walks out of here, how does that happen?

They're smart. They knew what they were doing.

But we know they're in Columbus. And now, all five of them are together.

Wait. Wait, we know what? How do we know?

We have the make and model of the van. We'll spot them.

"We'll spot them"?

That sounds like a great inscription for our tombstones.

Why didn't you tell me this earlier?

It wasn't relevant yet.

I need to know where they are.

We need to know. We need to find them!

They're kids, Nolan. Man the hell up!

Do your job, and I'll do mine, unless you wanna take this and go after them yourself.

Find them!

The Complete Nancy Drew, Kegel Exercises for...

Bingo. Okay.

"Congratulations, you are the proud owner of the Orb of Osuvox, "a 99th level magic artifact.

"Read these instructions before deploying. To turn orb on, off."

Off! Yes, off.

"Utter spell within 10 feet of orb."

Citizens of the OASIS, I am Parzival, first to the key.

I'm here talking to all of you now because our future's being threatened by people who will stop at nothing to win this contest.

Some of you already know this, and you've lost much more than just your avatars or your weapons.

Some have lost their freedom. Some have lost their lives.

And now, this.

A force field around the third challenge.

I only came here to escape the shitty hand that life dealt me.

But I stayed, like many of you, because I found something much bigger than just myself.

I found a cause.

I found my friends.

And yes, I know it's kind of a groaner, but...

I found love.

And I don't wanna lose that to this colossal douchebag, Nolan Sorrento.

This guy. Back to work, people.

He thinks that we're all too distracted to even notice...

Nolan Sorrento thinks that we won't put up a fight.

Sir! Sir!

This is going out live!

The only thing Halliday let this guy do...

It's absolutely everywhere. ...was get him a cup of coffee.

And now, we're supposed to hand him the OASIS?

This Parzival... Oh, man.

Come on, come on. Give me this thing.

Yes, sir.

Left arm.

Left arm! Sir.

No, I need the left arm.

No, I don't care if... I want it on.

He thinks that we won't even put up a fight!

Well, I say he's wrong.

I say, tell that to the gunter clans in the gold mines of Gygax.

Activate the Iron Giant.


Ask yourselves, are you willing to zero out for the OASIS?

Are you willing to fight?

I am Parzival of the High Five.

In the name of Art3mis, in the name of Aech, in the name of Daito and Sho, we ask you to join us on Planet Doom.

In the name of James Halliday himself, help us save the OASIS.


No, no, no, no.

"No man is a failure who has friends."


Squadron 14, armor up, you're in the lead.

One minute into Swordquest, the ice broke.

Well, all three Swordquests. What's next?

Dark Cavern, Laser Blast.

It's Adventure.

Released in 1979, for the 2600, Adventure was created by Warren Robinett, who was the first video game designer ever to hide his name. In fact...

Try Adventure.

Play Adventure.


More than a minute, we're still alive.

This must be the right game.

How long does it last, this orb thing?

I'd say about ten...

Yeah, about 10 million years, so we should be fine.

First to the key!

First to the egg!

First to the egg!


Adventure.

What? Come on!


Whoa, whoa, whoa!

The Sixers are in the final challenge. It's an Atari 2600.

Are you in the Sixer war room?

No, no, no. You gotta get out of there.

They're playing Adventure.

Adventure, of course!

Created by Warren Robinett!

He was the first designer to ever hide an Easter egg in...

Dude!

We're looking for a USPS truck, Ohio plates, a drone spitter, 2036 model.

Daito! When are you getting into this fight?

I'm out. Inventory's empty.

Last clip for me.

More weapons!

Anti-personnel ordinance cannon!

Railgun!

Yo, Z!

Yo, Z! Try this little guy.

Ow!

Get rid of it! Get rid of it!

It's fucking Chucky!

Move! Move!

Go, go, go!


Mechagodzilla!


Daito, we need you! Daito, now!

Get to the bridge. Go now, he's distracted.

Go, go, go.


Z!

Arty!

Get to the castle! Win the third key before they do!

What is that?

He's only got 30 seconds before changing back!

Daito, abort, abort! You got 10 seconds!

First to the egg!


Shit, it's her.


Arty! Arty!

Z! Got to get to the castle!

She never left. She's still here.

The girl's in the war room.


No, no, no.

Sho! Hang on!

No!


Arty, we've got this. You need to log out.

If the game is Adventure, why haven't they won yet?

I don't know. Arty, Arty.

I'm serious, Sorrento's crazy. He'll kill you.

What are you looking at?

There's nothing over there.

You're in trouble, aren't you?

Samantha, you know I love you.

Not the time, Z.

I can handle the challenge, but I can't let you get hurt in the real world.

Get out of IOI, and meet us at River South.

Wade, no.

You'll forgive me for this, I promise.

Wade, no, no, no.

Get it together, Sixer. Back to respawn.

Let's go, move.

You're in.

Holy hand grenade! How much did that cost?

Less than it's gonna cost them.

What is that?

Sir, the gunters are approaching the challenge. i-R0k? In position, sir.

Prepare my rig.

The ice is holding. Still going.

Wait.

He's trying to win.

Yeah! I won.

He lost.

Not Adventure.

Everyone who wins loses.

It's not about winning. It's about playing.

Remember Halliday's announcement.

The keys are invisible, and they're hidden in a dark room that's at the center of a maze.

Well, there's a secret in Adventure, and you don't find it by winning.

You find it by wandering around in a dark room.

Until you get to the invisible dot.

It's pretty easy if you know what you're doing.

Really?

Let me finish it for you.

It's your last chance, Wade.

Last chance. Give me the key.

I give you 50 million in your account right now.

Why the hell would I ever do that?

Dude! That's the Cataclyst.

Now, personally, I don't care.

I'd just as soon never set foot in the OASIS again, let alone have to deal with any of this absurdity.

But I know how important Halliday's competition is to you, so...

I will never let the future of the OASIS rest in your hands, Nolan Sorrento.

Well, that's fine. Three easy steps. One.

Wait, I thought you were bluffing. You know that kills all of us, right?

I've got 10 years' worth of shit inside of me.

Last chance. Two.

I'm not goin' out like that.

That's a camper move.

You don't even know how to activate an orb.

Yeah, I felt those.

But this is my world, Sorrento.

Hadouken!

No, no, no! Step three.

No, no, no!


Get me out of this thing.

Uh...

Guys?

Z. He's still alive!

Extra life.

Thanks, Curator.

Hold on.

Live feed in all OASIS channels.

Halliday's letting everyone watch the end of the contest.

That's so Halliday.

God damn it, we tried Adventure.

No, we tried to win it.

But the hidden room isn't at the end of the game.

You've gotta go straight to the invisible dot at the start.

Is that her?

Red hair, IOI uniform, doesn't know what planet she's on?

That's her.

I'm Toshiro. You know me as Daito.

Oh.

Hey, Arty.

Yeah, I know. Not what you were expecting, huh?

Yeah, I wasn't expecting a late '30s-model postal van.

Wade?

Wait, I thought the Cataclyst went off. How are you still playing?

Extra life, long story. Sorry I shot you.

Sho?

What? Do I have to wear a sign saying, "I am 11 years old, shoot me first"? No, thanks.

Dude, give me a hug. Ninjas don't hug!

All right, everybody, hold on to somethin'.


Got you.

Come on, Nolan. Pick up.

F'Nale, tell me something good.

I've got a drone on their tail. I'm close.

Send me coordinates.

Maybe you should leave this to me, Nolan.

Nolan? Nolan.

Out.

Give me that.

What's goin' on out there?

The game is over for them. What are they watching?

The final key! It's being broadcast.

You see, Warren Robinett was proud of Adventure.

He wanted people to know who was behind it.

That's why he created the first digital Easter egg and to find it, you didn't even have to win.

You just had to blindly play, searching around in rooms for an invisible dot.

You took the dot back to the main screen and that's when you found the first Easter egg ever put in a video game.

The creator's name.


What's going on, man? I can't see shit.

Parzival just got the Crystal Key!

Do you want it or not?

Aech, what the hell's going on?

Just practicing Mario Kart. What do you think?

IOI's trying to kill us, man!

Everyone watching, if you're in the Columbus stacks, this is Parzival.

My real-world name is Wade Watts, and we're gonna need your help.

Aech, head for the stacks!

Okay, hold on!


Stick the key in, how hard is it?

Come on.

Yeah! Yes!

That's it?

Yeah, that's it.

Now, you just sign these papers, and the OASIS is yours.

You will be its sole proprietor.

That ain't so bad, is it?


I'm gonna need a second.


This is wrong.

This pen, this contract.

This is the moment that Halliday made Morrow sign over his shares in Gregarious.

That was the biggest mistake of his life.

He knew that.

This can't be the end.

It's a test.

I won't make the same mistake you did.

Oh, good.

I just needed to be sure.

This is where you grew up.

Oh, that's just me a long time ago.

I like to have him around from time to time.

Hey, I have to show you something.

This, uh... Come on.

This is the button.

If you push it, the whole simulation shuts down and a tapeworm program will erase all of the backup servers.

So you now have the power to turn the OASIS off forever.

Do you understand?

Yeah, try not to accidentally erase the whole of the OASIS on your first day.

The stacks are straight ahead!

Well, I expect you have to go. I know I do.

So, now is the time for you to receive your prize because you won all three keys.

Once you take this egg, the game will be over.

The egg, the egg...

We know what you did here.

You turn around and walk out of here while you still can.

I created the OASIS because I never felt at home in the real world.

I just didn't know how to connect with the people there.

I was afraid for all of my life.

Right up until the day I knew my life was ending.

Now, that... That was when I realized that, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it's also the only place that you can get a decent meal.

Because reality

is real.

You understand what I'm saying?

Yes. Yes, I do.

He did it.

He got the egg.

Hooray.

No! No! Please!


Hold it!

Drop the gun! Now! On the ground!

Turn around! Hands on your head.

Walk back towards me.

Mr. Halliday. Something I don't understand.

You're not an avatar, are you?

No.

Is Halliday really dead?

Yes.

Then what are you?

Goodbye, Parzival.

Thanks.

Thanks for playing my game.


Wade?

Ogden Morrow? Ogden Morrow?

You can call me "Og."

Now, there are some people out here that would very much like to meet you.

Wow, this is incredible.

It's an honor to meet you, Og, but I...

There's something I need to do first.

I'm not like Halliday.

I'm taking the leap.

We're looking for Wade Watts.

We need you to make a statement about the clip you sent in of Nolan Sorrento's confession.

Uh, that was me.

What? I record everything in my workshop.

Help me out of this.

Who are you guys?

The people you need right now, lawyers. From Gregarious Games.

They want your signature, Wade.

I'm splitting it with my clan.

We're gonna run things together.

That's a good choice.


F'Nale, listen to me very carefully.

Mr. Morrow... I mean, Og, how'd you get here so fast?

I flew from the stars on my magic sleigh.

Everyone's been watching.

Of course, I've been watching a little closer than most.

You?

You're the Curator?

Well played, Parzival.

Jim told me nothing about the contest, so there was no rule about me losing a bet to a smart kid.

Not that you needed my help.

You figured out that Kira was the key on your own.

Yeah, but... Kira wasn't the key.

It was you, Mr. Morrow.

You were the Rosebud.

And Halliday's biggest regret was losing his only friend.

You know, Jim used to say the OASIS was never supposed to be a one-player game.

Now, who do we have here?

Oh. Well, look who it is.

It's my heroes, the High Five.

You must be Art3mis. Samantha.

The High Five took over the OASIS, and the first thing we did was sign Ogden Morrow to a non-exclusive consultancy.

The salary, per his demand, was 25 cents. One quarter.

With his guidance, our second move was to ban any loyalty centers from accessing the OASIS.

IOI had no choice. They shut 'em all down.

The third thing we did wasn't as popular.

We closed the OASIS on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

I know, it sounds like a weird move, but people need to spend more time in the real world.

'Cause, like Halliday said, reality is the only thing that's real.