Fortnite Season 3 launched last week. As you can tell, players are already exploring the new boundaries and trials of the game. However, one curious thing occurred ever since the release of the latest update. Some players have noticed the absence of police cars. Why so?
The Wall Street Journal responds to our question. To be more specific, the newspaper cites a “person familiar with the game’s development.” Developer Epic Games removed police cars from the game after last week’s update.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a political statement,” said the Journal’s unnamed source. “I think it’s just us being sensitive about the issues many people in our audience are dealing with.”
The reason why Epic Games decided to remove the police cars from the game (at least for now) is because of the police brutality in real life. Players took this subject on Reddit as well. A thread posted on June 17 shows that players took notice of the sudden disappearance of the police cars in the video game after the update. The news was first reported by Kotaku.
The removal of the police cars in the game is a subtle way of raising awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement. George Floyd, an African-American man, died in after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes. The outrageous behavior of the policeman has brought people together to fight racism. But, on the other hand, also to “defund the police” by shifting more money toward community-based services.
The latest tragedies were a wake-up call for people to become more human. The movement has gone as far as to push TV shows, such as “Cops” and “Live PD” off the air. How is Hollywood portraying the police in movies and TV shows, is one of the questions that people ask themselves lately because of the outcry against police brutality.