Police cars can no longer be seen in "Fortnite," a move that seems to have been made with the launch of Chapter 2, Season 3.
Reddit user Ovacq first noticed there were no more police cars on the map, taking a screenshot of a regular car seen in the game. One user suggested they try using a Junk Rift, an item that has since been removed from the main game but can be used in Creative mode. The Junk Rift sometimes has a police car fall from the sky.
"A police car appears in the rift, but when it falls, it turns into a default car," Ovacq writes.
A Twitter user was able to demonstrate that visually.
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Epic Games has not released any official statement on the removal of police cars in "Fortnite."
However, "a person familiar with the game’s development" told the Wall Street Journal that the game is being cautious.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a political statement," the person told WSJ. "I think it’s just us being sensitive about the issues many people in our audience are dealing with.”
"Fortnite" has teased this season that users will be able to drive cars at some point. So, as others have pointed out, the optics of shooting someone inside of a police car would not be a good look for the game. So the developers decided it'd be best to remove them at the moment. In previous seasons of "Fortnite," police cars would sit still on the map for users to collect metal from.
Epic Games recently released a statement about the events that unfolded in the U.S. recently when they announced the delay of Chapter 2, Season 3.
"Recent events are a heavy reminder of ongoing injustices in society, from the denial of basic human rights to the impact of racism both overt and subtle against people of color. We're acutely aware of the pain our friends, families, team members, players, and communities are experiencing," Epic Games said June 3. "We believe in equality and justice, diversity and inclusion, and that these fundamentals are above politics."