Over the weekend, Fortnite players across both modes, Battle Royale and Save the World, noticed that police cars seemed to be missing from the game entirely. Now, a new report has indicated that this change from Epic Games was deliberate.
Kotaku first noted over the weekend that Fortnite players were wondering where all the police cars had gone from the game's two modes. They were entirely gone from the Save the World mode, while the police vehicles had instead been replaced with civilian vehicles in Battle Royale.
Today, a source close to the development of Fortnite has confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that the removal of police cars from the game was deliberate. This is in response to the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota earlier this month, which would go on to inspire nationwide (and worldwide) protests against police brutality.
We should point out that although you can't drive cars in Fortnite Battle Royale right now, this ability will be introduced later in Chapter 2: Season 3. This is in accordance with the Battle Royale map eventually drying out from the huge flood that closed out Season 2.
The games industry at large has responded to the murder of George Floyd and subsequent protests over the last few weeks. Call of Duty and Apex Legends have in-game messages supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, while games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Splatoon 2 have held virtual protests in support of the movement.