When Epic Games dropped the long-awaited OG update, players were sent into a frenzy of positive reception and massive interest. However, the game quickly hit one of its most difficult moments a few weeks ago when numerous in-game skins were disabled. This has rightly divided the entire fan base. However, after a few days of keeping players in the dark, Epic Games has finally shared some news about the controversial update.
Epic Games responds to Fortnite’s skin restrictions
The news came through the official Fortnite X account (formerly Twitter). In it, the tweet confirmed that the cosmetic port will be disabled for most skins. This is a temporary reprieve until they find a permanent solution to the problem, which will arrive soon v28.00 update. This update will be released on December 3, 2023.
The announcement on the official website provided further clarification on the status. Although, very minutely. Epic Games claims that they were conservative in rating cosmetics and the impact on the game’s rating. As such, they have started reevaluating each cosmetic. After the December 3 update, a small number of existing skins will remain playable in Fortnite on T-rated islands. This includes less than ten outfits.
According to the same announcement, the company has been deep in the comments in recent days. For the uninitiated, Fortnite’s “Islands Age Ratings” update is limited 360+ skins in the game. This happened because the game introduced an ESRB rating for the island and each skin. The result is limited access to items and islands based on the age ratings. So if the island or skin has an age rating of T or M, you won’t be able to access the items if you don’t meet that age limit.
This prompted the fanbase to express their opinions, which clearly contradicted Epic Games’ decisions. Some even started with one petition on Change.org, which currently has only 5,500 signatures. While I’m sure this petition didn’t influence the change in Epic Games’ decision, the social media posts and this petition show how much people hated it. It also points out that Epic Games was hasty in making the changes and should have carefully evaluated the issue before jumping the gun.
For now, we’ll have to wait for the December 3 update to check out the skin restriction changes in the game. Hopefully Epic Games will find a solution to the problem, such as a parental switch. And hopefully they have some. After all, they recently laid off about 800 employees.
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