In a recent update, the battle royale island of Fortnite saw an unannounced change to the game: the removal of police cars. Not only are police cars gone from battle royale, they’re completely removed from the game itself, reportedly not dropping out of junk rifts as well as no longer being available in Creative mode.
While Epic Games has declined to comment at the time of this writing, an inside source from the Wall Street Journal confirms that the removal of police vehicles is a deliberate choice in response to the murder of George Floyd and the ongoing movements against police brutality.
Several players are reportedly upset by the change, particularly since future updates to Fortnite promise to recede the waters and hint at the ability to drive vehicles. That said, there are still lots of vehicles in the game for players to consider using, so those upset at the lack of cop cars are perhaps missing several points.