In April of 2022, Fortnite maker Epic and LEGO announced plans to create a metaverse-style crossover for the hit game.
This announcement was immediately followed by a $2 billion funding round from Sony and LEGO founder Kirk Kristiansen’s investment company KIRKBI.
The latest season of Fortnite concluded recently with its Big Bang Event that revealed some headline-grabbing cameos including an appearance by rapper Eminem.
As Epic gets ready to launch Season 5 of Fortnite, it teased the first tie-in from its partnership with Lego that will include an all-new LEGO builder island.
— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) December 2, 2023
Epic describes the new release as “the ultimate survival crafting LEGO adventure” which comes with an E10+ rating.
The company only recently began to mark modules of its gaming platform with age-appropriate ratings when a partnership with the International Age Ratings Council was announced in October.
This process requires Fortnite creators to mark each experience with a rating from E for Everyone to a max of T for Teen.
IARC allows developers to submit a single questionnaire and receive ratings for multiple countries at once instead of submitting to each jurisdiction separately.
The tie-in with LEGO and the age-appropriate ratings indicate that Epic is making a concerted effort to separate sections of its metaverse to allow safe play for younger children while maintaining portions for older players.
This has meant that certain game skins have been removed because they display inappropriate costumes.
However, pushback from many players caused Epic to revert many of the banned skins.
Epic is betting that the new LEGO Builder Island will attract younger users and lovers of the building block system to join up in what it promises will be a safe playground for all ages.