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‘Fortnite’ Dev Disables NSFW Emote Ahead Of Ariana Grande Event

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‘Fortnite’ Dev Disables NSFW Emote Ahead Of Ariana Grande Event

Epic Games has disabled one of the newest emotes in Fortnite as it actually looks like something rather suggestive. Oh dear.

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As the Rift Tour is underway in the game, featuring Ariana Grande, it's possible that the developer sought to stop players using the emote as a joke and avoid receiving a phone call from Grande's team. The singer is now a skin in the battle royale, priced at 2,000 V Bucks, so players are actually able to become the Dangerous Woman that Grande described in her multi-award winning third studio album. Sort of. There are also Rift Tour Quests that will offer goodies like the Cuddly Cloudcruiser commemorative Umbrella, Cloudy Kitty emoticon and Rift-asterpiece Spray.

Check out the teaser trailer for the Rift Tour here, which will be going on in game until August 8th.

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Alright, let's cut to the chase. I know you're here to see the emote and learn why it was removed. I'll hand over to this clip of Fortnite that was shared to Twitter and thusly did the rounds:

It does look a lot like the other player is performing oral sex when using the Bear Hug emote. As it is a synced interaction between two players, it's possible that the sync placement was glitched which causes the initiator of the Bear Hug to crouch down instead of stay standing.

Anyway, Epic Games is having none of this suggestive sauciness in its game. There are a lot of children who play Fortnite, after all, and disabling the emote to fix this glitch saves a lot of parents and guardians some awkward conversations. Those who shelled out for the Bear Hug emote will be offered "a tokenless refund sometime next week" said the company in a post to Twitter.

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The Rift Tour shows are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday and if you remember the popularity of the other virtual events in Fortnite, it's advisable to squeeze into the queue as early as you are able to. The next show is occurring at 2.00pm ET on August 7th, then at 12.00am, 10.00am and 6.00pm ET on August 8th. Curiously, Epic Games has mentioned that "changing your Outfit or Wrap selection for each show will alter the effects you experience" in the event, so if you're a Grande champion, it's worth attending every single show.

Featured Image Credit: Epic Games

Topics: epic games, Fortnite, News

Imogen Donovan
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