Epic Games recently introduced an age-rating update for Fortnite's in-game cosmetics, aiming to enhance the safety of its players and align content with appropriate age groups. However, the integration of this new system has not resonated well with the game's community, prompting a candid acknowledgment from Epic Games.
In a recent tweet, the Fortnite team admitted that their plan for the age-rating system-based cosmetics "didn't hit the mark." However, the tweet brings with it a silver lining, as Epic Games has reassured players that they are actively working on a new way to address these concerns. This article explores more.
Fortnite's new age rating system met with mixed responses
The age rating update sought to classify in-game cosmetics based on the classifications provided by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), including Everyone (E), Everyone 10+ (E 10+), Teen (T), and Mature 17+ (M). The intention of this update was to provide parents and players with a clearer understanding of different cosmetic items and their age appropriateness.
Despite the move being a well-intentioned idea, the community's reaction to the age rating system has been mixed. Many players have expressed their dissatisfaction with the new system, citing concerns about the game placing limitations on multiple cosmetic choices and the potential impact the system could have on the overall gaming experience.
Epic Games' response to the poorly received age-rating system
The discontent among the community prompted a notable and transparent response from Epic Games, as the developers took to X (formerly Twitter) to address the community's concerns head-on. The tweet reads:
"Welp, our plan for cosmetics with the ratings update didn’t hit the mark. We're working on a few new options that we hope to have in place for say... some sort of big in-game event. Stay tuned, we’ll keep you posted."
This acknowledgment by the developers recognizes the misalignment between Fortnite's player expectations and the initial integration of the age rating system while promising a proactive solution in the form of new upcoming options.
Epic Games' commitment to working on new options for the community highlights its dedication to improving the Fortnite experience for its playerbase. While specific details about these new options remain undisclosed, the developer's open communication with the community indicates it will bring something to the table to please its players.
The age rating update may not have hit the mark like Epic Games expected. However, the developer's candid acknowledgment of the community's reception and its commitment to developing new options speaks volumes about its responsiveness to player feedback.
Players should keep an eye out for these new options as the live event for Chapter 4 Season 5 approaches. Epic Games has hinted at the new options coming to the game in the event's lead-up.