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Fortnite storm bug making players lose matches set to be patched

Published: 26/Mar/2021 18:19 Updated: 26/Mar/2021 18:22

by Daniel Megarry

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A new bug in Fortnite is making it pretty much impossible for console players to see in the Storm, costing them wins and causing a lot of frustration – but it shouldn’t be too much longer before a fix is released.

Fortnite Season 6 has received almost universal praise from players. Features like tameable animals, new locations on the map, and the long-awaited weapon crafting system, in particular, seem to have gone down very well.

As with any new season update, though, there are bugs to be found. The biggest one at the moment concerns the Storm, as some console players are struggling to see anything when they’re inside of it – and it’s often costing them the game.

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Fortnite The Storm loading screen
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The Storm is causing issues in Fortnite Season 6.

Fortnite players can’t see in the Storm

As fans of Fortnite already know, the Storm constantly shrinks throughout a match, and getting caught in it will cause your health to slowly drain. So naturally, if that happens, the aim is to get out of it as fast as possible.

A bug that arrived with the Season 6 update is making that quite difficult, as many players are now discovering that they can’t see anything when they’re inside the Storm, which is having a significant impact on the game.

As well as not being able to see where they’re going to get out of the Storm, the reduction in visibility means they can’t see their opponents. Both of these issues are leading to players dying early and costing them wins.

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A temporary workaround is available for PC players by turning Performance Mode on, but this actually removes the Storm effect almost entirely, leaving them at a significant advantage over console players who don’t have Performance Mode.

Storm visibility comparison with and without performance mode. Is this even fair? from FortNiteBR

A post on the Fortnite subreddit from EzBugatti99 shows a visibility comparison between Performance Mode being switched on or off. It’s got almost 10k upvotes and hundreds of comments from people experiencing the same problem.

“This desperately needs to be fixed. It’s impossible to see in the Storm if you aren’t on PC,” said one player, while another explained, “I got a kid down to like 15hp the other day, but we were in the Storm so we both ended up dying because we couldn’t see each other.”

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Some players used the post to argue that console crossplay shouldn’t include PC, with one Reddit user writing that the bug is “further proof that crossplay with PC benefits no one besides PC players” and another adding, “Oh wow, Epic once again catering to PC players. I’m shocked.”

Storm visibility issues set to be fixed

Epic Games
Epic has now labeled the visibility issue with the storms as “fixed in the next update”, meaning it should be changed with 16.10.

While Epic had previously acknowledged that they were looking into the issue with the storm visibility, they’ve now confirmed that the issue will be fixed in the game’s next update.

According to the developer’s Trello board, the storm visibility issue has now been labeled as “fixed in the next game update,” with that update of course being 16.10, which is set to be the first major patch for Fortnite after its Season 6 release over a week ago.

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Epic has already revealed that update 16.10 will be dropping during the week of March 29, 2021, so fans won’t have to wait too much longer to be able to properly see within the storm. Until then, however, they’ll just have to deal with it.