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​Epic Removes Promoted 'Fornite' Map Area Because It Depicted Apparent Suicide Scene

​Epic Removes Promoted 'Fornite' Map Area Because It Depicted Apparent Suicide Scene

Epic Games, developer of Fortnite, has pulled Mysterious Mansion from The Block after it was pointed out that the player-made map had a basement scene depicting a suicide.

The Block is an initiative Epic set up towards the end of last year that promotes maps made by players in Fortnite Creative. On April 2, the studio updated The Block with a building called Mysterious Mansion, created by a player called FuryLeak.

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However, shortly after Mysterious Mansion was added to The Block, players pointed out that in the basement was a tipped over chair directly beneath a dangling rope - an apparent reference to suicide. More than that, in a video FuryLeak posted ahead of his creation appearing on The Block, in which they take a tour of the mansion, you can see a player standing on the chair, making it look like they are hanging from the rope:

The mansion basement also had what appears to be a prison cell and a summoning circle.

Redditor req-q was quick to point out that "Epic should really check the map before putting it on the block, someone hung themselves here."

Epic did later remove the location from The Block, replacing it with a previous submission, Tropical Treetops. Speaking to Polygon, Epic said "This creator's content was removed from the Block because it did not adhere to our content creation guidelines."

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FuryLeak's says it's a misunderstanding and that it was supposed to show a place hit by an earthquake. "The chair was supposed to hang on the rope, but it fell down," FuryLeaks said. "I made a joke on a little cinematic with someone hanging their self... but... yeah. Actually it wasn't supposed to look like that."

Featured Image Credit: Epic Games

Topics: video games, epic games, fortnite, gamingbible

Julian Benson

Senior journalist at GAMINGbible. Former deputy editor of PCGamesN and news editor of Kotaku UK. Written for Eurogamer, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, and GamesMaster. Author of 'Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves'. Contact: [email protected]

 

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