Fortnite silently removes police cars from its world

    
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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.

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Mikka Hansen

a few bad apples…the majority are good…

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NeoWolf

I don’t think anyone would disagree that improvements need to be made and they are, but you are seriously confusing issues here in a significantly relevant and ill informed way.

The police are tasked with catching criminals and preventing crimes where possible. It is however the LEGAL justice system that determines what happens too them once they are.

guilty people walking free, or getting away with it in any regard, getting light sentences etc..etc.. are all failings of the criminal justice system, NOT the police. So you might want to blame the right organisation for your grievances.

And I can tell you the court system frustrates the hell out of the police as much as it does you or me. Because if you honestly think they are happy about guilty people going free after all the time, effort, expense and risk they put in to catching them in the first place then you were clearly lacking air supply to the noggin during development.

so get your facts straight before pointing the finger and point it at the RELEVANT and RESPONSIBLE party for that failing.

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Skor

And the stupid purge continues. I’ve made reference to this behavior before but those posts were deemed too offensive I guess.

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styopa

Yes, certainly – remove the “scary” police cars from a game where we LITERALLY SPEND HOURS KILLING EACH OTHER.

/facepalm

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NeoWolf

Four bad police officers were responsible for Mr Flloyds Death, not all Police, villainising an entire profession and their vehicles based on the actions of a small percentage of bad cops is pretty silly. Like it or not we still need the good police (which IS the majority) to keep the law and order.

I mean i’m the first to argue that EVERYONE should be accountable and answerable for their actions, police included and that NOONE should be above the law as that has ALWAYS been my belief, but this whole anti ALL police sentiment that is going around at the moment is just silly and counterproductive.

And Epic removing police cars from thier game is just nonsense. They would have been better off adding “Black Lives Matter” to the car doors instead, it would have been more relevant and less non relevantly general.

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Dankey Kang

Whether it’s moral or not isn’t the issue here; Epic knows that Fortnite’s userbase is predominantly children/teens, a demographic which generally doesn’t like the police and the squeaky wheel gets the grease as they say.

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NeoWolf

Nobody “likes” the police they enforce rules and people of all ages resent being told what they can or cannot do. Period. But that doesn’t make them any less necessary and the role they play incredibly important in all our lives.

Removing the police cars isn’t sends a very anti ALL police message which is not helpful or supportive of the BLM movement in the way they think it is. If anything it is pandering.

Like I said villainising an ENTIRE profession based on the actions of a small percentage is not helpful in any way, shape or form.

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Dankey Kang

I live in the UK, the perception of the police is generally a bit different over here but I think I can say with confidence that most adults appreciate what the police force does.

Anyway I agree with what you’re saying, gross generalisations are the tool that bigoted individuals typically use to tar all people from just about any demographic with the same brush. The thing is Epic is a company looking to make money; if supporting the police was profitable they would be doing that, but since it’s more profitable (with their demographic) to demonise the police they’re doing that.

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McGuffn

Yeah, I hate it when people villainize prostitutes. It’s just a few bad apples! Plus they perform a valuable service.

Your suggested solution of painting BLM symbols on the doors sends an even more anti police message.

I think this action is a bit silly but taking it seriously is silly too. We’re talking about rusty late 70s-1980s police cars. I don’t associate them with police professionalism. They’re symbols of ignorance and incompetence and high speed chases where the cops inside yell “whoooa!” when they go airborne.

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NeoWolf

When your talking about an action noted by millions of impressionable youths then not taking it seriously and considering its potential message and implications is frankly irresponsible.

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McGuffn

How far do you want to take this?

Should we ban Grand Theft Auto? Because in that game there are far worse actions noted by millions of impressionable youths and not taking it seriously is frankly irresponsible?

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NeoWolf

That there is some wonky logic McGuffin. did GTA have violence added to in support of a pro violence movement? of course not.

But did Epic remove all police cars from their game because of the anti police and BLM movement? absolutely.

the two things are not even REMOTELY similar and was a terrible comparison.

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Bruno Brito

That’s some mental gymnastics if i’ve ever seen any. It’s exactly the same thing. The only difference is that one is linked to a specific movement, the other is linked to generalized violence. But it’s the same.

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McGuffn

If you’re concerned about the youths and want someone, anyone, to think about the impressionable children, it’s exactly the same thing.

The only difference is that GTA is or was a legitimate controversy and this just isn’t. Video game violence is also actually a semi legitimate political issue, whereas “they patched the cop cars out” is not. Although I have faith that some of our dimmer lights in congress will attempt to make it one.

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Jon Wax

Cops don’t police crime they police behavior based on the standards set by evangelical conservatives. That’s why the police system in the us needs to be checked out and completely rebuilt from the ground up. They’re all Ed 209s: dysfunctional poorly programmed military gear.

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NeoWolf

That is a MASSIVE generalisation and a HUGE disservice to all the good they do and have done. And let’s not forget all the lives they have sacrificed in the protection of everyone.

Does the Police system need to change sure, oversight is always a good thing but do not cheapen what they have done for everyone in the process.

a small percentage of bad cops do not mean all police and police in general as a concept is broken. That is a huge leap inlogic.

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Jon Wax

A small number of bad cells cause cancer

Quit being an apologist. Cops are foul.a few bad apples still never shot anyone in the back

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NeoWolf

Being rational is not being an apologist.

Writing off an entire profession over the actions of a small percentage, while the majority have done nothing but good is ridiculous and ignorant of ALL the good that has come from them being there.

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Raidervc

“I’m the first to argue that everyone should be accountable” while posting and saying the complete opposite.

When the University of Chicago says the police in the 20 most populated US cities fail to meet international human rights standards, the UN has to issue statements against US police brutality, and the country spends $100-200 billion on policing and corrections annually, that’s not “a few bad cops.”

That’s systemic.
That’s America.

If someone is offended by Fortnite quietly removing cop cars from the game, their priorities are totally skewed.

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Bruno Brito

Thank you for posting this, now i’m going to have a field day breaking it down:

Four bad police officers were responsible for Mr Flloyds Death, not all Police

It takes one quick look at how police union operates for you to know how many true “bad” police officers really are. Floyd isn’t a new story. He’s just the latest of a LOOOOOOOONG line of dead people in the hands of unhinged and trigger happy law enforcement.

villainising an entire profession and their vehicles based on the actions of a small percentage of bad cops is pretty silly.

No. It isn’t. They, as police, have the unmitigated OBLIGATION to clear house themselves. Since they failed, while being one of the most overfunded facets of government, they are all bad. There’s nothing silly about people getting maced and peppersprayed and gased with expired chemical weapons.

Like it or not we still need the good police (which IS the majority) to keep the law and order.

I live in Brazil, and in Recife, which is one of the most dangerous cities on Earth. I never needed a cop in 30 years of living, and i’ll never will.

Unless i wanna report a robbery and have a bloated fat fuck tell me how they can’t recuperate my belongings with a upnosed attitude.

How many missing people do you think the police recovers? How many rapes do you think they stop? How many rapists do you think they capture?

We don’t need the ammount of police force we have ANYWHERE. Every single place that de-militarized the force got better results.

I mean i’m the first to argue that EVERYONE should be accountable and answerable for their actions

Aren’t you special.

police included and that NOONE should be above the law as that has ALWAYS been my belief

There is a tree that is a historical site on the US, which was a place used to hang slaves. There are still Sundown Cities in the south of the US. Of ALL the murders that happened that instigated the BLM existence, only Floyd’s killers were seen any resemblance of POTENTIAL jailtime.

Your naive views don’t make for policy. The reason they’re getting results is because they’re fightning.

but this whole anti ALL police sentiment that is going around at the moment is just silly and counterproductive.

Again: It was this whole antisentiment that got policy passed on the de-militarization, AND the fact that Floyd’s killers will face trial.

There’s nothing counterproductive here, unless the guilttrip is getting in the way of your bootlicking.

And Epic removing police cars from thier game is just nonsense.

It’s their game. They do whatever they feel like it.

They would have been better off adding “Black Lives Matter” to the car doors instead, it would have been more relevant and less non relevantly general.

Yes. Let’s diminish the message of a serious movement against badges killing minorities putting it on a CHILDREN’S game.

All you’ve said is either wrong, or clueless. I suggest you go see some threads on BLM on reddit, or at least check some of the protest videos before outting yourself as a badge apologist.

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Arktouros

Just another example of what I was talking about back in the whole Blizzard/China scenario that these big game companies don’t want controversy at all. Removing something like police cars from the game is a easy move they can do and avoid it entirely.

People are immensely predictable and it was only a matter of time before we saw some meme video using Fortnite to have a white character killing a black character in front of a cop car because someone thought it’d just be so hilarious/shocking and get a big reaction and of course Epic would get the blame for it.

Side stepping the whole scenario for what amounts to no real loss of game play is the smart move here as much as I hate Epic.

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Valen Sinclair

Epic Games removes all police cars from a cartoony videogame 4 months after the tragic event because, you know, all cops are bad and poorly rendered police cars are endemic of the problem.

This will solve racism. So brave.

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Schmidt.Capela

The theory I believe in is that Epic didn’t want images or videos of players shooting out of police cars; they don’t want Fortnite used to create imagery alluding to police brutality.

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NeoWolf

That I could understand, but as far as fixes go this sends a pretty bad message.

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Bruno Brito

Only to you.

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Techno Wizard

This is getting ridiculous. I’m not the most loyal person to State run things but the police are a necessity when you get burgled or mugged or worse. Many times the police were appreciated, otherwise they would not have gotten my taxes in the past. Sure, there are some rotton apples in any kind of employment you look at, even the police, but the orderly society that police maintain in the long run is respected. And necessary. In real life anyway, if not video games which leads me to my next point:

Fortnite should keep politics out of muh games! Damminy. As well as other video games, if publishers pay any attention to these comments.

Maybe I will be removing Fortnite from my gaming list not so silently, tit for tat, eh?

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McGuffn

Removing the police cars removes politics from the games. Specifically the politics of police cars.

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Techno Wizard

It increases the politics. To the point where the game is no longer (personally) fun.

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Schmidt.Capela

Just for reference, for most people when they talk about defunding the police they aren’t talking about abolishing police, but rather about:
– Not having police using military-grade gear when handling common citizens.
– Directing part of the funds now used for policing towards policies that reduce criminality in other ways, such as better education, tackling homelessness, etc.
– Refounding police departments where racial bias is too ingrained around a more ethical and inclusive core.

Police, or something like it, is very much needed on most societies simply because you can’t trust common, untrained, and often emotionally attached citizens with keeping the peace inside their communities; that hasn’t changed. What needs to be discussed is how will the police do its work, and in particular how much firepower it will have at its disposal, how much violence it will be allowed to use, and how will police accountability work.

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federicobeiz

It’s a shame that Americans have no way to fight back against a police force that is already militarized, and won’t feel threatened at all by your demands since you don’t have any actual firepower at your disposal. Oh wait, you do, but you keep trying to get rid of it.

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Bruno Brito

Uh…what?

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McGuffn

He’s like the buffoon lawyer for the cop in Minneapolis who says that says that if we’re actually in fear for peoples lives we should assault/shoot the cops (in this case, his own client).

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Bruno Brito

but the police are a necessity when you get burgled or mugged or worse.

How many times have a cop helped you? Because i’m 30 years old and a cop was NEVER of any use to me, or any of my family or friends. Worse, they were fonts of shame.

My mom was told, when i was yet a baby, by a cop, that if someone invaded my home, she should attempt to kill them inside the house to get the self-defense allegation. If they ended up leaving, she would drag the body inside.

My sister was mugged by a man with a large machete. She went to the PD, they never caught the guy.

I got my bike stolen INSIDE my property. Made a report. Never saw the bike again.

And those are just the small experiences of my family. I have an entire circle of friends who had terrible experiences with cops.

Cops are useful for one thing only: Protecting property laws. Which is their main focus since that’s what they derivate from: Slave-apprehension squads.

Other than that, they’re a complete failure.

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federicobeiz

That’s preposterous. Just because cops don’t always find the culprit, or even do their job well, doesn’t mean the police is a complete failure, or anything close to it. Or should we also get rid of all the football teams on the basis that they don’t win every match? You can’t just shut down institutions as important as the police because they haven’t benefited you as much as you’d like.