Today saw Epic introduce a new update to the game, and it appears to have arrived with a fairly controversial new feature.
Now that the game has been brought up to version 12.10 , dataminers have been hard at work, doing what they do best, searching through the new files to see what's coming to the game over the coming months.
Whilst we usually uncover things like new skins, challenges and loading screens, this update has been found to hide something… different… inside it.
It seems that some strings in the game code would make gamers receive a warning about their playtime if they're logged to be playing for more than three hours in one sitting.
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“You have been online for 3 hours accumulatively. The in-game gainings will be lowered by 50% from now on and challenge progress has been disabled," reads the message (via iFireMonkey ).
The translation of the text seems a little off, but we understand that this has been translated from Chinese so it may not be an exact or totally reliable interpretation.
"For your own health, please log-off and get some rest. Appropriate physical exercise is good for your body."
Apparently, the messages get more insistent if you've been playing for five hours, stating:
"You have entered unhealthy gaming period. For your own health, please log-off and get some rest immediately. If you do not log off, your health will be harmed. Your in-game gainings is already lowered to zero and challenge progress has been disabled."
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If you're concerned this will affect your play time in the UK or US, don't be too alarmed – iFireMonkey seems to think that this update will only be rolling out in regions where Tencent publishes the game (namely: China).
“These 'Fortnite Addiction' strings are ONLY for players in China, as seen by the following string,” the leaker tweeted. ""TencentPlayTimeLimit": "Opps, you are currently beyond your time limit to play due to the anti-addiction requirements for minor accounts."
Epic has yet to acknowledge the warning – we'll let you know if the studio makes an official comment.
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