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Epic announce massive changes to Fortnite’s aim assist

Published: 6/Mar/2020 18:33

by Bill Cooney

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Epic has announced that Legacy aim assist will be removed from Fortnite, which could signal an unexpected end for all the L2 spammers out there.

Aim assist has always been one of the hottest topics of debate among Fortnite players, and with the arrival of Season 2, players soon discovered you could use Legacy aim assist settings to find and lock on to players even when they were behind cover.

Contentious as the aim assist debate has been, there are always two sides to every argument: controller players claimed that aim assist was needed for them to keep up with mouse and keyboard players, while the latter party was  obviously upset with seemingly blatant wallhacks.

Fans were fairly convinced that Epic would keep their hands off of aim assist for fear of upsetting the controller community, which could be just as large as the game’s mouse and keyboard demographic.

However, on March 6, Epic announced they would be removing Legacy aim assist from Fortnite starting March 13, leaving players currently using the setting with no choice but to switch to Linear or Exponential.

Most professional controller-using Fortnite players use Linear aim assist, but a few still prefer the L2-spam strategy popular with Legacy, like NRG pro ‘Unknown.’

In fact, Unknown himself played a large part in the L2 debate, as he was one of the first pros to show off how to track players while they’re supposed to be invisible.

The issues with Legacy aim assist aren’t new by any means, though; players have been using the L2 spam for close to a year at this point, and non-controller players have been complaining about it for almost as long.

It’s not clear why Epic decided to make the changes now, but they won’t be leaving Legacy players entirely out in the cold once the update takes effect.

Those currently using Legacy aim assist will be able to copy their settings and sensitivity over, but it certainly won’t feel the same for users who have made it an integral part of their playstyle.

Whether this is a sign of things to come remains to be seen: Aim assist certainly does rub some players the wrong way, but the argument persists that it’s needed in some capacity to keep controller players competitive at the highest levels.

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Fortnite 14.40 Update patch notes: Fortnitemares 2020, Charge Shotgun vault

Published: 21/Oct/2020 3:00 Updated: 21/Oct/2020 9:13

by Isaac McIntyre

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It’s only been a week since the last Fortnite update, but Epic Games are back with the v14.40 patch for the battle royale title, bringing back the Fortnitemares event and vaulting the Charge Shotgun on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. 

Fortnite Season 4 has been all about superheroes, with Marvel stars invading the island as they prepare for the attack of the evil Galactus which will likely close out the season with a huge event. While characters like Wolverine, Dr. Doom, and Black Panther are here, they’re not the only visitors to appear in the game.

It’s late October, and that can only mean one thing in Fortnite: the ghoulish Fortnitemares annual event is back! This Halloween-themed patch marks the return of Midas, who’s out for revenge after his massive experiment backfired back in Season 2.

With spooky season well underway, here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite’s v14.40 patch.

When is the Fortnite v14.40 patch coming?

Epic Games has officially locked in the v14.40 update for Wednesday, October 21. Downtime is expected to begin at 4am ET (8am UTC, 9am BST, 6pm AEST).

Expect a lengthy downtime for the v14.40 patch. Fortnite matchmaking will be disabled 20-25 minutes before the Halloween update.

Fortnite v14.40 Update  patch notes

Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge

It’s October, and that means Halloween is right around the corner! Spooky season in Fortnite means Fortnitemares is back, and this year, Midas is out for revenge.  which will arrive in the game on October 21.

Epic Games say players should prepare for “ghostly new gameplay,” as the popular event returns with a terrifying twist in Solos, Duos, and Squads, meaning you can go it alone or team up with your buddies to experience the 2020 offering of Fortnitemares.

Two characters looking at the screen from Fortnitemares
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The Fortnitemares Halloween event usually runs in the last week of October, so patch v14.40 is right on schedule.

Fortnite fans will remember that Midas disappeared after his experiment with the Device went wrong at The Agency, causing the entire map to be submerged underwater thanks to his unfortunate mishap.

Now, the reawakened Midas is back and has laid claim to The Agency, with players joining his army to “fight alongside friend and foe alike and snatch a shadowy victory from the living.” Who makes up his army? None other than his Shadow Henchmen, who will turn you into one of their kind If you get too close. With Midas on the prowl and the Shadow realm invading, get ready for a hectic Halloween unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Charge Shotgun vaulted in Trick or Treat Loot Pool changes

Perhaps the most surprising inclusion in the v14.40 update is the news that the Charge Shotgun has been placed in the vault for the foreseeable future, leaving the Pump and Combat Shotguns as the weapons left in the class.

There are some new additions to the game though, with Epic confirming that “ghoulish weapons” have returned to aid you in the “shadowy showdown.” The Witches Broom will help players soar through the skies, while new consumables in the form of sweets like Candy Corn and Jelly Beans will help you in your fight too. Superpowers have also been rotated again.

Massive PC patch

For those who play on PC, you’ll notice that today’s patch is huge compared to normal weekly updates, coming in at a whopping 27GB when you attempt to download it. There is a reason for this though, and one that will help players in the long term.

The reason behind the huge update is that Epic Games have made optimizations to the game, which result in a massively reduced file size for the overall game, cutting over 60GB off the complete game, while also improving loading performance and making for smaller downloads for future patches.

Fortnite v14.40 bug fixes

As per usual, the Fortnite team has also added a number of bugs and issues to their official Trello board. This week’s patch will likely include fixes for many of these recurring problems, including the issues with Doctor Doom’s Mystical Bomb.

Here is the full list of bug changes potentially set for v14.40:

General

  • Honey Hitters Pickaxe disabled.

Battle Royale

  • Cozy Chomps and Ravage Outfits appearing as Ramirez.
  • TWIP! Legacy not being awarded.
  • Inventory shuffling after respawning in Team Rumble.
  • Doctor Doom’s Mystical Bomb temporarily disabled in competitive playlists.

Creative Mode

  • Players without matchmaking permissions cannot access the Team Size setting.
  • Sky color does not change when adjusting light color setting.
  • Fog and lighting settings changed in Creative.

Mobile

  • Vehicle buttons missing.
  • Black textures on foil variants on Nintendo Switch.