Fortnite Is Making a Change to Emotes

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Fortnite is making a major change to emotes very soon in an update that will also include Billie Eilish in the Fortnite Festival pass.

  •  Fortnite is changing how “confrontational” emotes are shown to players to combat toxicity in the game.
  •  Emotes are a major part of Fortnite’s cosmetics, adding lively animations to player avatars.
  •  Players can adjust settings to choose whether or not they see certain emotes in the game.

Fortnite is making some changes to how “confrontational” emotes are displayed to other players. While Fortnite does not currently allow players to speak directly to enemies, emotes have frequently been used as a taunt after eliminating an enemy player. There are some emotes like “Take the L” or “Laugh It Up” that can be seen as toxic to some fans of the series, which can ruin the enjoyment of the game for some players.

Emotes are a major cosmetic category for Fortnite, which can add a variety of lively animations to a player’s current avatar. Other cosmetics can include weapon skins, character skins, backpacks, pickaxes, and more. In addition, there have been rumors that Fortnite will be adding a new type of cosmetic in addition to the ones currently available. Many changes and additions to Fortnite are being considered all the time by Epic Games, with emotes being a topic for current tweaks.

According to Epic Games, changes to how players see “confrontational” emotes will be made soon. In an update coming April 23, players will no longer see several emotes when used by an enemy player. These “confrontational” emotes will be displayed as standing still with no emote sound when used by enemy players. There will be an option to change this, which can be found under the “social privacy” settings in the main menu. By default, players will only see the affected emotes from players in a party, with other options being to see the emotes from no other players or show from all players. There are hundreds of emotes available, with some emotes coming back to the item shop in Fortnite periodically. However, the only emotes that will be affected in the update are listed below.

Fortnite Emotes Affected by April 23 Update

  • Laugh It Up
  • Take The L
  • Whipcrack
  • Make It Plantain

There are only four emotes hidden from players in the coming update, all of which can be considered confrontational. These new changes do not affect the ability of players to use these emotes on their own. Emotes like “Laugh It Up” and “Take The L” can be seen as toxic when used against an enemy player, with some players wishing to not see these types of emotes entirely. Rare emotes in Fortnite, like “It’s Complicated” and “Kiss the Cup” are unaffected. The update will come in a patch labeled v29.30 on April 23, which will also include Billie Eilish coming to Fortnite Festival.

There have been a lot of changes made to how emotes and other cosmetics are displayed in the store in Fortnite. This update, however, seeks to change the way players see emotes entirely. In an effort to combat toxicity, these changes can help players escape negativity when playing the game. Thankfully, players who do not want this change in Fortnite can adjust how they see emotes back to the way they were just by changing a setting in the main menu.