Fortnite: Battle Royale dominated gaming news on Thursday thanks to the release of its Season 6 update early that morning, but by the afternoon the company was making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The same update that reshaped Fortnite’s map and introduced new features like pets also added exaggerated breast physics for one specific character. Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite, quickly corrected course, calling the feature “unintended” in an official apology, but new data suggests that it wasn’t a mistake after all.
On the Fortnite: Battle Royale subreddit, one player shared a screenshot allegedly pulled from the data files of the game’s latest update. The image shows a list of assets added in Season 6 for the new cowgirl character, Calamity, and you can clearly see “Breast Physics” alongside more innocuous details items like coat and scarf physics.
“I don’t think the boob physics was a bug,” Reddit user AunixYT suggested in the post’s title.
Assuming that the screenshot is accurate, it seems to undercut Epic’s initial statement, which suggested that the inclusion of breast physics was a mistake.
“This is unintended, embarrassing, and it was careless for us to let this ship,” an Epic spokesperson told reporters on Thursday. “We are working now to fix this as soon as possible.”
Of course, it always seemed a little unlikely that this particular feature was actually a mistake. Fans have speculated that the game’s now-removed breast physics might have been created by a single developer at Epic who never intended to put it in the official version of the game. However, we don’t have much to go on official due to Epic’s opaque statements to the press and on Twitter.
Breast physics in video games are nothing new. Some titles, like Dead or Alive, have even built entire franchises based on the way their computer-generated boobs jiggle. But for a mainstream success like Fortnite played by millions of people (many of them children), it’s not exactly a good look.
Inverse has reached out to Epic Games for comment and will update this article if we receive a response.