A recent hotfix has adjusted how aim assist works for controller Fortnite players on PC.
Many keyboard and mouse pros were left disappointed following this week’s v12.61 patch. Epic Games had previously announced that they would be “tweaking” controller Fortnite in this update, however, all that seemed to change was a small improvement to long range aim assist.
On Thursday though, trusted Fortnite leaker @Lucas7yoshi reported that a hotfix had been deployed to further modify the controversial mechanic. Values for both hip fire and ADS aim assist strength were reduced by roughly 25%.
Most are decreased values— Lucas7yoshi // Fortnite Leaks & stuff (@Lucas7yoshi) May 29, 2020
so its weaker most likely pic.twitter.com/DOBtgo7smh
In terms of the impact of these changes, first impressions seem mixed. Excel Esports star Jaden “Wolfiez” Ashman trolled fans by posting a clip of himself losing an aim duel, in which he later confirmed he had had aim assist turned off.
Whilst some players say that there is definitely a noticeable difference, it appears that for most, controller feels pretty much the same. It will be interesting to see how the community respond to this nerf over the next few days and whether Epic deem it necessary to make any further adjustments.
Console gamers needn’t worry, this hotfix only affected those on Windows or Mac. With the majority of the player base using a PlayStation or Xbox, and the huge performance disadvantages that these platforms bring, it is unlikely that console aim assist will be reduced any time soon.