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Fortnite Battle Royale • Jun 17, 2019

Fortnite developer details major audio improvements coming soon

Fortnite developer details major audio improvements coming soon
EPIC GAMES

An Epic Games developer has revealed that significant audio improvements are finally coming soon to Fortnite Battle Royale.

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Initially released in September 2017, Fortnite has taken the gaming world by storm, achieving success that no-one could have possibly expected.

However, despite all of their accomplishments, the game's developers are yet to hit the nail on the head in regards to in-game audio, with many pro players venting their frustration with the sound system in recent months.

YT: GHOST GAMING
Ghost Gaming's Bizzle has been a major critic of Fortnite's competitive scene.

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Given the complex nature of Fortnite’s building mechanic and the chaos of stacked competitive lobbies, hearing enemy footsteps or wall breaks are vital, and an Epic developer has confirmed changes are on the way.

Epic’s Vice President of Engineering, Daniel Vogel, commented on a Reddit post asking for audio improvements that a new and improved system was still in active development, but didn’t give a time frame for its introduction.

Changes are "actively being worked on" according to Epic Games.

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The developer verified that an HRTF audio system, used in popular games such as CS:GO and Rainbox Six Siege, would be coming to Fortnite in the future – despite a blog post confirming the system was being worked upon over nine months ago.

HRTF stands for head-related transfer function and widely regarded as the most accurate audio system to determine a player’s positioning.

Given the recent complaints from many pro players, such as Ghost Gaming's Timothy 'Bizzle' Miller, surrounding the current state of the game ahead of the $30m Fortnite World Cup finale, such audio improvements would be a massive step in the right direction.

The World Cup grand finals take place on July 26-28 in New York, meaning there is plenty of time for Epic to implement the feature seamlessly before the biggest event in their history.

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