It may be easy to assume that video games are the same in all regions around the world, but this can not be further from the truth. In the case of Fortnite specifically, the mega-popular shooter from Epic Games is very different in China compared to the version we know here in the United States.
To begin with, many of the characters and skins available in Fortnite must be changed as a result of China’s guidelines. In short, China does not allow anything offensive to appear in video games, which means that Epic sometimes has to find solutions. One such example of this is the use of skulls or skeletons, which are considered disrespectful in China. So, in the case of certain character models, such as the newly released Taskmaster skin, Epic needs to change the design so that it does not look like a skull.
While this may not seem like a big deal, the number of skins in Fortnite which is affected is quite high. To date, character sheets such as Crackshot, Menace, Brutus and Shadow have been altered in some way. Mystique’s unique Backbling that usually contains a skull is also turned on and is just a golden ball. Lastly, skins for Ghost Rider, Skull Trooper, Skull Ranger and the alternative costume of the Peely Bone were never even completely added.
The most important changes to Fortnite in China, however, does not end here. Certain limited time modes also never appeared in the Chinese version of the game, although China had its own unique events that other regions had not yet seen. In addition, Arena mode was never added to the game.
Although Fortnite in China may sound like a lesser version of the game, there is one big advantage that players have in the country. Because of Chinese laws that do not allow outside boxes or microtransactions, V-Bucks are handed out instead simply to play the game. Fortnite for China introduces a kind of bounty system where players can complete goals to earn the currency of the game. In addition, Battle Passes are freely distributed to any player above level 30. Fortnite as a whole.
Last but certainly not least, perhaps the strangest thing in Fortnite’s The Chinese edition is that the game enables multiple players to win a Battle Royale match. If a match lasts longer than 20 minutes, all players who are currently playing will be declared winners. To go with this, if any player performs better than others in a match, the game will give them the chance to stop just there and then while awarding a Victory Royale.
It’s definitely weird to see how different Fortnite is in other countries, but it would be honestly nice to see some of these aspects move to other regions. Whether Epic Games decides to do so or not remains to be seen, but I probably won’t let my hopes rise.
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