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Major Fortnite audio improvements coming soon in v8.01 patch

Published: 2/Mar/2019 2:52 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 18:15

by Albert Petrosyan


Epic Games have announced that a series of audio improvements are coming to Fortnite Battle Royale in the game’s first update since the start of Season 8.

On March 1, a member of the BR audio team published a post on Reddit that detailed all of the changes to audio that will be implemented in the upcoming v8.01 update.


His post included a breakdown of all five major improvements they want to incorporate, which will affect sounds for certain weapons, building mechanics, footsteps, and more.

Weapon audio improvements

The first item on the list is an improvement to the standard assault rifle sounds “so that it’s not overbearing on the shooter.”


In Seth’s words, the team wants to tighten up the sounds so it’s “more of a BLaaam versus a BLAAAM.”

Building audio improvements

A change will be implemented in the v8.01 update that will make the sound of a built piece getting destroyed much louder when it’s instigated by an enemy player.

This will help prevent situations where players can’t properly hear when something they built gets destroyed by an opponent.


Footsteps audio improvements

There will be two different changes made to how footsteps sound in Fortnite. The first will blend footstep audio in the layers above and below players, instead of abruptly switching back and forth. This will clear up any confusion players have when enemies are walking above and below them at the same time.

The second change will make enemy footsteps sound louder and clearer when they have a line-of-sight on you from above or below. This will be to limit scenarios where enemy players’ footsteps sounds muffled/occluded, even though there is a direct line of sight between you and them.

Epic Games

Season 8 umbrella audio improvement

Since Season 8 has gone live, players have been complaining about how loud the palm tree umbrella glider is. The v8.01 update will reduce its volume, which will affect its open/close layers. The sound of the steel drum riff will not be affected.


Speaking of which, this update will also fix an issue which was causing the umbrella not to play the drum sound.

All of these audio improvements are expected to be implemented in the v8.01 update, which will likely go live sometime between March 5-6. Of course, this all comes after Epic already made some major audio changes in the v8.00 update, which kicked off Season 8.


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How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos


The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.


With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.


As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.


FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.


FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.


FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson