The popular online game Fortnite has recently implemented a new feature that displays age ratings for every experience within the game. However, this change has also resulted in some in-game outfits being restricted from use in experiences that are rated Everyone or Everyone 10 Plus. According to a blog post from the Fortnite team, certain outfits will no longer be accessible in certain game modes due to the age ratings.
For example, while testing this new feature, the author of the article attempted to visit an E-rated experience themed around The Game Awards while wearing an outfit obtained from the current season’s battle pass. Upon entering the Fortnite lobby, they received a notice stating that their selected outfit could not be worn in experiences with this age rating. This came as a surprise, as the outfit did not seem particularly offensive in any way.
Upon checking their locker, where users can customize their outfits and virtual gear, they noticed a warning icon over an accessory on their back, indicating that it could not be used in experiences rated Everyone 10 Plus or lower. As the user loaded into the experience, the game removed the accessory entirely. The specific criteria for determining which outfits are unsuitable for certain experiences was not specified in Epic’s blog post, and when questioned for details, a spokesperson directed the author back to the blog post.
Epic’s blog post includes an update stating that 7 percent of outfits are only compatible with experiences rated Teen. However, the post also mentions that over the next year, Epic plans to change things so that “most” restricted outfits can be used in all experiences by having them auto-adjust their appearance. A spokesperson provided the hypothetical example of Fortnite removing a gun attached to the leg of the Agent Peeley outfit.
The spokesperson acknowledged that finding a solution for every cosmetic may not be feasible, particularly in instances where it would require a complete reimagining of the outfit, but they are working to address as many as possible.
This new implementation has sparked discussions and debates within the Fortnite community. Some players feel restricted by the new age rating feature, as they are unable to use certain outfits in their preferred game modes. Others appreciate the efforts to make the game more appropriate for players of all ages and understand the importance of age-appropriate content.
The announcement from Epic Games has led to speculation about the future of in-game customization and the potential impact on the overall gameplay experience. Players are curious to see how the auto-adjustment feature will work and whether it will apply to a wide range of outfits.
Despite the initial confusion and frustration, many players are looking forward to the changes that will make it easier for them to use their favorite outfits across different game modes. It is evident that Epic Games is working to find a balance between creative expression and age-appropriate content, and the community is eager to see how these efforts will unfold in the coming months.
Overall, the addition of age ratings for in-game experiences in Fortnite has brought about both positive and negative reactions from the player base. It remains to be seen how Epic Games will continue to address outfit compatibility and customization in response to the community’s feedback.