A source connected to the game told The Wall Street Journal that the removal of the cop cars was in response to the murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minnesota. However, the source said Epic Games was not trying to make a “political statement” but was instead attempting to be “sensitive about the issues” going on the world today.
Earlier this year, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney spoke about politics in gaming. “If a game tackles politics (or: weighty social issues), it should come from the heart of designers through the game, and not from marketing departments seeking to profit from division,” he said.
Epic Games has yet to make a formal statement regarding the removal of police cars from Fortnite. Keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest.
Fortnite is not the first game to respond to the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd. Games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and NHL 21 added splash screens to their games to remind people that racism and bigotry have no place in their communities. Numerous game companies have made donations to Black Live Matter and other organizations that fight racial injustice in the world.
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