Twitter users reacted to a new Fortnite partnership after the video game revealed a new gaming experience involving Dr Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday.
According to a press release on Fortnite’s website, the game will include a new immersive adventure, ‘March Through Time’ that allows players to view King's legendary "I Have a Dream" speech in its entirety. The feature is meant to assist gamers in learning about key milestones in the Civil Rights Movement
Players will be taken nearly 60 years back in time where they will be able to listen to the speech from the Lincoln Memorial and the United States National. In addition, there will be tasks to accomplish that should provide an essential lesson that pertains to Dr. King's speech: We move forward when we work together.
The update caused diverse reactions from users.
Some were outraged at the way the Nobel Peace Prize winner would be remembered.
Others argued that he shouldn't be shown in a game with a strong focus on violence.
One side of netizens praised the idea, stating that sharing King's lectures will help educate youngsters about the Civil Rights Movement, but was worried that hate organizations may jeopardize the project's purpose.
Epic Games, Fortnite's developer expressed their expectation that the improved experience will inspire people to "have meaningful discussions not only in the classroom, but in their personal lives as well."
"Civil Rights is a struggle we still fight for to this day, and it has benefited from the collective efforts of millions of people around the world," the company said in a press release. "We hope the March Through Time experience inspires the community to promote mutual respect and empathy towards all people no matter their race, religion, or orientation."
In collaboration with TIME Studios, the year-long game experience has been produced. King's Estate, the DuSable Museum of African American History, and American Family Insurance also contributed.