Fortnite has apparently banned an outfit.
Fortnite is not in the habit of doing things that cause controversy. They know they’re an all-ages game, even if they want players to be at least 13 years of age. So they keep this in mind when they add things to the game. They aren’t known for being outlandish with their decisions.
So whenever an outfit is added, if there is a controversy, it’s often inadvertent. That seems to be the case with this latest controversy. According to Hypex, a very reliable source, Fortnite’s parent company Epic games had them pull an outfit due to its similarities to a Nazi outfit.
The outfit in question belonged to Rue, and it’s her decked out in a black or red leather skirt-coat while rocking a hat. The issue comes with her wearing a Shadow symbol on her arm. Apparently, the 40’s inspired look was too much and according to Hypex, Epic officials removed it over two years ago.
It’s been nearly 900 days since Fortnite last saw the Rue outfit in question in the Item Shop, giving credence to what was reported by Hypex.
Did Fortnite overreact?
It’s fair to wonder if Fortnite overreacted. After all, the only thing that should be considered Nazi-related or Nazy-inspired are things that actually depict such symbols or follow certain edicts. This costume looks more in line with something out of Austin Powers as much as anything.
Yet, you have wondered about any potential backlash from the fanbase. If there was a certain amount of upheaval about the outfit upon its release or in the waning months leading up to its shadow ban.
After all, catering to the fanbase is the best thing to do. If they’re not happy with something and a big enough part of the base is expressing their views, you’d do well to listen.
In the end, I don’t think it was the wrong move to pull it and avoid a potential PR nightmare. Especially during the time period that the outfit was yanked.