WSJ reports police cars have been removed from the hit videogame “Fortnite,” a change that comes amid a national debate over law-enforcement practices in response to the killing of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody.
“Fortnite” is one of the most popular games in the world, with more than 350 million players as of May, according to its creator, closely held Epic Games Inc. The shooter-survival game, which normally features police cars and other vehicles, launched a new season last week that introduced a new map for gameplay….
Per Breitbart, the game world normally features police cars and other vehicles, and many of the familiar in-game vehicles remained following the launch of a new game season and new map. But police cars were removed according to an individual familiar with the game’s development.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a political statement. I think it’s just us being sensitive about the issues many people in our audience are dealing with,” this person said. Epic did not respond to a request for comment from the WSJ. The firm was last valued at $15 billion in 2018 and also licenses software to other game developers.
The police cars in Fortnite were not driveable by players, but instead could be be used for cover or destroyed for their materials, like almost every object in Fortnite. Although police vehicles do not play a major role in the game, the decision to remove them was noticed immediately by players. One Reddit user wrote: “Yikes. The anti-cop sentiment is reaching everything. Sad times.”
Others on social media mocked the move as a limp gesture:
Fortnite after removing police cars pic.twitter.com/nBOcUYTvnD
— DjChill (@DjChill_) June 22, 2020