Fortnite is revoking a controversial age restriction on cosmetics that has been criticized by fans as one of the game’s “worst updates.”the message above Website, Fortnite developers have announced that they will be disabling cosmetics in lieu of long-term costumes. The full text of the message is below.
We’d love to hear your feedback and look forward to hearing more from you ❤️🩹
Cosmetic gating will be turned off for most cosmetics starting with the v28.00 update until we have a long-term solution.
And you can use any cosmetics at your next big in-game event.
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) November 20, 2023
Cosmetic gating will be disabled for the majority of cosmetics in Fortnite until a long-term solution is established. This change will be rolled out in the v28.00 update on December 3, 2023.
We were conservative in how we considered cosmetics and their potential impact on island ratings. We are currently re-evaluating all cosmetics.
The few existing cosmetics and costumes below 10 are only playable on T-rated (or regionally equivalent) islands due to their obvious horror and violence elements.
We have been thoroughly reviewing comments over the past few days and will continue to work to make this right.
This announcement was well-received within the Fortnite community, following backlash over age restrictions where all cosmetics were age-restricted only to a specific island. Epic Games claimed the move was to “empower parents and players to make informed playing decisions across thousands of Fortnite games and other experiences.”
Epic Games will continue to investigate the possibility of cosmetic restrictions. It’s unclear which skins will still be affected, but some fans are pointing to the Xenomorph skin as one of the main possibilities. Another candidate is the Decapitated Immortal revealed in a recent leak.
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