Epic says it will remove an 'unintended' swastika in Fortnite (Updated)

Original story:

A group of Fortnite players noticed something odd and unpleasantly surprising in the way four metal floor tiles came together as part of an in-game dance floor they were constructing: Where the four corners joined, a very distinct swastika had formed

The symbol is generated when the tiles are placed together and then edited into a circle, redditor EuBestCityEu explained. "We were making a dance floor in tilted when one of my teammates noticed this," they wrote. 

Some of the commenters in the thread suggest that the image is fake because of the way parts of the image had been blurred to hide player names, or that the appearance of a swastika isn't an issue in the first place. But a post by an Epic developer appeared to confirm that it is real, and really a problem. 

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"Thanks for bringing this to our attention," DanDaDaDanDan wrote. "This was unintended and will be addressed ASAP by adjusting the metal piece art!" 

Epic hasn't said when the offending asset will be modified [Update: It has now, see below for details], but since we're talking about literal Nazi imagery, I would imagine that it's pretty high on the priority list. And in its defense, it is apparently easier for this sort of thing to happen than you might expect.

The struggle is real for architects, too.

Update: The swastika fix won't be deployed this week because the update is already locked down, but you can expect it to arrive in the next one. When it gets here, the fixed floors will look like this:

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.