Fortnite slaps age ratings on user-created maps

Fortnite slaps age ratings on user-created maps
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Joseph Kime

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4th Oct 2023 17:25

We've known for some time now that Fortnite is largely aimed at kids. Though anyone can enjoy the battle royale favourite, the silliness and cartoon antics that players can get up to in the game while dressing up as their celebrity faves and doing goofy dances appeal to the younger crowd.

It's a maddening cocktail that seems to make perfect sense even in the face of all the gunfire. But, it looks like things could be about to change, as Epic Games is gearing up to age-restrict some of the content in its creative modes.

Fortnite is mandating individual age ratings for content

A player building new walls in Fortnite Creative mode.
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Epic Games has revealed that it's going to be introducing individual age ratings for all of the content on Fortnite's back, both created by players and the company itself, as it takes another step into this new era of Fortnite.

The Unreal Editor for Fortnite tools arrived in May 2023, introducing the new Creative 2.0. Epic has been referring to the current state of Fortnite as a transition into a "multi-game ecosystem" while the game expands into a platform for game creation as well as the iconic battle royale.

As reported by Eurogramer, Epic has announced that starting on October 16, it'll be using the system developed by the International Age Rating Coalition to manage content in the game.

ESRB president claims Fortnite is becoming a 'broader ecosystem'

Players adding new content from a treehouse in Fortnite Creative mode.
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"By implementing the IARC rating system within Fortnite, Epic continues to elevate its commitment to providing families with tools to make informed decisions about which experiences are appropriate for their children," reads a statement from Patricia Vance, the ESRB president and chairperson for the IARC.

"As Fortnite evolves from its Battle Royale roots into a broader ecosystem containing a variety of content from Epic and other creators, it's especially important that parents have a clear understanding of what their children want to access."

It's a pretty wild change to the game (or should we say, platform) that will help to protect the battle royale from getting cranked up to an 18 rating, thanks to some Creative maps. Although we've seen maps inspired by everything from Only Up! to The Hunger Games, Epic is future-proofing itself against potential problems. 

Joseph Kime
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Joseph Kime
Joseph Kime is the Senior Trending News Journalist for GGRecon from Devon, UK. Before graduating from MarJon University with a degree in Journalism, he started writing music reviews for his own website before writing for the likes of FANDOM, Zavvi and The Digital Fix. He is host of the Big Screen Book Club podcast, and author of Building A Universe, a book that chronicles the history of superhero movies. His favourite games include DOOM (2016), Celeste and Pokemon Emerald.
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