MLK is Coming to Fortnite... and People Have Questions

No, not as a playable skin… but still.

Following hot on the heels of in-game concerts by Travis Scott and Ariana Grande comes… Martin Luther King Jr?

Game maker Epic announced on Thursday that it was celebrating the civil rights icon with the introduction of a new virtual interactive experience called “March Through Time.”

Instead of running around the Island assassinating each other, players will instead be immersed in the assassinated leader’s monumental “I Have A Dream” speech, and the history surrounding it.

Gamers will be teleported to “D.C. 63, a reimagined Washington… and to the Lincoln Memorial and United States National Mall, where Dr. King gave his iconic 17-minute speech for Civil Rights.”

Completing collaborative mini-quests will also earn you a “D.C. 63” tag you can spray paint on walls in the game.

Gamers weren’t really sure how to take the news; many on Twitter at first seemed to think Dr. King would actually be a playable skin — same as Mr. Meowscles, Mancake, or Mr. Peely — and thus incredibly disrespectful.

But even after the clarification, some online weren’t convinced the well-intentioned idea was a good one.

As Black Girl Gamers pointed out on twitter, while the programmers didn’t allow weapons in D.C 63, they didn’t deactivate Fortnight’s trademark silly dances, and demonstrated with a clip of someone doing one in front of one of the screens playing Dr. King’s speech:

Epic claims it got the blessing of both the DuSable Museum of African American History, and the Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr…. one can only assume they didn’t mention the whole Floss part.

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