Epic Games responded to a report from The Wall Street Journal stating that police cars were removed from Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 because the developer wanted to be sensitive about issues.
Fortnite players might've noticed that police cars were replaced with regular cars in Chapter 2 Season 3. Questions started arising as to why the vehicles were removed, but Epic Games further clarified in its statement in the WSJ story that it wasn't about trying to make a political statement. The developer was trying to be "sensitive" to current "issues."
The death of George Floyd in Minneaplolis police custody has spurred nationwide protests of police brutality and systemic racism in the United States. Other states followed as protests continue to spread across the world for matters such as Black Lives Matter and law enforcement reform.
Epic Games Removes Police Cars From Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 Wanting to be "Sensitive to Issues"
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 kicked off June 17 with an altered landscape following The Device in-game event which caused flooding across the map.
Epic Games delayed the latest season's launch multiple times amid the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests. It wasn't the only developer to put announcements, reveals and content drops on hold following George Floyd's death.
Activision and Infinity Ward postponed the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 4, Sony delayed the PlayStation 5 games reveal event, EA Sports pushed back the EA Play event to name a few. Infinity Ward and EA Sports also added in-game messaging regarding Black Lives Matter.
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 is live on all available platforms.