Seasonal racing extravaganza Forza Horizon 4 just got a whole less funky, with the sudden removal of two unlockable avatar emotes.
Its now-gone virtual moves paid tribute to the real-life "Carlton" and "Floss" dances, made famous by Alfonso Ribeiro in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and Russell Horning, AKA Backpack Kid, respectively.
Playground Games' choice to remove both emotes follows an apparent onslaught of lawsuits made against Epic Games. The exact same dance moves are featured in its battle royale title, Fortnite.
The 'Carlton' emote in 'Forza Horizon 4'. Credit: Playground Games/Microsoft
Ribeiro and Backpack Kid (well, his mother) began legal battles with Epic late last year, basically claiming that the studio ripped off the dance move that each aggrieved party developed and made popular.
And seeing as Epic sells emotes in the Fortnite Store, which has turned over millions upon millions since the game launched in 2017, Ribeiro and Backpack Kid expect some form of compensation.
The only problem: there's no actual law stating that someone can own the legal rights to a single dance move. So both parties, as well as rapper 2 Milly, who claims Epic stole his Milly Rock shuffle, may have a hard time winning anything.
It's not clear whether Microsoft-owned studio Playground received any kind of legal threat from representatives of Ribeiro or Backpack Kid. Chances are that devs just played it safe. Getting hit with a fat lawsuit is the last thing a company needs at the start of a new year.
Horizon 4's latest update simply noted how "the 'Carlton' and 'Floss' avatar emotes are no longer available". Though, players who owned said emotes will likely wonder how they'll be compensated themselves... Sue! Everyone else is.
The update also brought several bug fixes and additions, such as the Mitsubishi car pack, Horizon Business, and Free-For-All Adventure. Check out the full patch notes to learn everything that's new.
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Featured Image Credit: Microsoft/Playground Games