Epic addresses stretched resolution in competitive Fortnite, just in time for the Fortnite World Cup.
Judgment day is coming, folks. This is what the Tfues of the world have been warning us about for months, now. The days of stretched resolution are numbered.
More and more Fortnite pros have been moving to stretched resolution of late. It seems like a bit of a domino effect, with several streamers, pros, and content creators who refused stretched falling one-by-one.
One of the first high-profile anti-stretched streamers to make the switch was Tfue. He played native resolution for a long time - scared that Epic would eventually pull the rug out from under the stretched res community.
NickMercs moved to stretched res after competing in the Katowice tournament and seeing the advantage it gave to players.
Ninja switched to streched after that, followed shortly by SypherPK, who was one of the loudest anti-stretched voices in the community.
Today, Epic Games released a "Competitive Fortnite State of Development" blog post. Among other things, it addressed stretched resolution in competitive Fortnite, saying:
"In the near future, we will be updating how we handle custom resolutions on PC. When using a custom resolution, vertical FOV will be locked. Horizontal FOV will be unlocked in all modes, but in competitive playlists (e.g. Arena and in-game tournaments) we will be locking the aspect ratio to 16:9."
One of the biggest knocks on Epic games is that they don't give players enough time to adapt before major tournaments. There are countless examples of this problem, including planes, the Infinity Blade, and the Season 8 update ahead of ESL Katowice.
As you can imagine, professional players who have been using stretched res for the better part of a year aren't too pleased about this change.
its crazy time after time I am absolutely amazed with how incompetent epic games is at running anything "competitive"— Chap (@LiquidChap) April 3, 2019
There's a reason why Tfue was so concerned about getting used to streched resolution. He knew that Epic would eventually want everyone to be using the same resolution for competitive games - even if it's just for the viewers' sakes.
Well, it appears that time is now. This is good news for the console players who want to go pro, but bad news for any PC player who has been using stretched res for a while.
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