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Carlton And Floss Emotes Removed From Forza Horizon 4

by Elise Favis on Jan 15, 2019 at 11:24 AM

The Carlton and Floss avatar emotes have been removed from Forza Horizon 4 with its latest update, which is likely a response to the growing concern of lawsuits surrounding dance moves in games.

Aside from bug fixes and improvements to Forza Horizon 4, the update's patch notes briefly mention how these emotes were pulled, though no reason is given. 

These removals could be a sign of Microsoft wanting to stay out of potential legal battles. Epic Games has been facing its share of lawsuits relating to dance moves in Fortnite. Rapper 2 Milly, for example, filed legal action over the Milly Rock dance used in Fortnite. Russel Horning (Backpack Kid) and Fresh Prince's Alfonso Ribeiro also are suing Epic Games over their dances' portrayals in the game.

We've reached out to Microsoft for comment, and will update this article accordingly should we hear back. For more on Forza Horizon's update, you can read the full patch notes here
 

Although Microsoft and Playground Games weren't under fire for the inclusion of these dancing emotes, these removals are likely related to the controversy surrounding Epic Games. Suing a gaming studio over its portrayal of a dance is murky territory, and probably a difficult legal battle to win. Nonetheless, Microsoft probably wants to watch its back until these cases are settled.