Among the avalanche of new content that was added to Fortnite in the Chapter 2 Season 3 update, one change that looks small on the surface has the potential to have the most long-lasting impact on the game because the developers have taken another look at controller aim assist on PC and given it a further nerf.
The aim assist debate, if you can even calling for the removal of a feature that means PC controller players don't have to aim, a debate, has been raging for months with it all coming to a head during the most recent FNCS season when a number of results showed the sheer dominance afford to controller players by the unusually strong aim assist.
The latest FNCS season showed aim assist to be OP. (Picture: Fortnite Tracker)
That is all set to change though, with Fortnite data miner Lucas7Yoshi discovering that aim assist has been nerfed in this most recent update.
Aim assist has been nerfed again in Season 3 pic.twitter.com/COgkdIVxpm— Lucas7yoshi (@Lucas7yoshi) June 17, 2020
While just a series of numbers to me and you, these values represent how powerful the "pull" is on aim assist and compared to previous values this will aim assist is now 20-30% less effective.
This follows on from the changes brought in with the v12.61 hotfix, but those clearly didn't have the intended effect and Epic have decided to give it another look.
It is also important to note that these changes affect only the PC version of the game, with all other platforms aim assist settings staying the same. This is because of the way aim assist is calculated, based on your frames-per-second and monitor refresh rate. The higher values that can be achieved on PC gave the aim assist and unintended buff.
At one point the feature was so strong that professional keyboard and mouse players like NRG's Shane "EpikWhale" Cotton, decided to down their previous input of choice and pick up the sticks instead, sometimes even in the middle of a game spawning the term "hybrid player".
Those days may well be over though, with Epic hoping this nerf spells the end of the aim assist debate.