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Epic Games reassures that Fortnite audio upgrades might finally be coming soon

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Fortnite hasn’t had the greatest track record when it comes to audio. Epic Games reaffirmed that audio upgrades are still on the way including HRTF support.

Battle Royale games have a difficult time with player audio due to its need to be near-perfect. Other genres can get away with some mishaps, but a one-life mode needs a robust and precise system.

Unfortunately, Epic has not been able to implement a complete fix for the lackluster audio performance in Fortnite. Recently, they hopped on Reddit to reassure fans of incoming audio upgrades.

HRTF Audio Support coming…at some point

Epic Games implemented a decent amount of audio improvements at the end of Season 8 and beginning of Season 9, but these have proven to be band-aids.

During the initial audio improvement discussions, Epic made it clear that they are looking for a better audio delivery system. HRTF was mentioned as the primary method that the developers are looking to implement.

The first mention of this was 9 months ago, so some community members are getting understandably anxious.

Its been nearly 9 months since epic mentioned plans to add HRTF audio into the game, what happened to that? from r/FortniteCompetitive

The post from u/ntb899 does a great job of explaining the overall situation and what HRTF could do for the game. Many of the greatest and largest games use HRTF methods to deliver clear directional audio.

In reply to this post, Epic employee “DanDaDaDanDan” gave a brief reassurance of the project’s status.

Epic Dan’s short replies

Dan confirms that the HRTF features is “actively being worked on” by Epic. As of this time, Epic “don’t have an ETA” for the new audio system.

The only new information from this dialogue so far is that Epic looks to be using Google Resonance for their HRTF solution. You can check out more information about the HRTF method on the Resonance SDK website.

While it’s good news to hear that the project is still being worked on, the long time delays seem to point towards problems with implementation. There’s no knowing where the issues are stemming from, but it certainly means that players will be waiting for a while yet.

Are Fortnite’s audio shortfalls high on your list of Fortnite fix priorities? Tell us your thoughts on HRTF and Epic’s response to the community’s anxiety.

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How to make an underwater map work in Fortnite Season 3

“SpongeBob physics” might be the only way that an underwater map will work in Fortnite Season 3.

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Fortnite Season 3 is just over a week away, and rumors are swirling about what it will bring. It seems to be all but confirmed that a flood will overtake the map, which has fans equally exciting and worried.

An underwater map could be amazing or it could be awful. Swimming in Fortnite is notoriously inconsistent and annoying. All-water zones are the worst, and we can’t imagine a map that’s entirely comprised of the water physics from Seasons 1 and 2.

A Fortnite map that’s entirely underwater and forces players to swim all of the time would likely be a disaster. It would change the game far too much, and most players would probably be turned off after a couple of weeks – not to mention all of the bugs that would likely arise from this mechanic.

That’s why we’re predicting something different. We saw a post on Reddit from u/JjGuyy0 that perfectly illustrates what we think will happen when Season 3 comes out.

Instead of swimming and floating under the water, we’re predicting what JjGuyy0 calls, “SpongeBob physics.” Even if the crossover doesn’t happen, his presence can be felt through the gameplay.

What we mean by this is that players won’t float. Instead, the underwater part of the map will act like the normal map – as is the case in SpongeBob. Players will sink to the bottom and use new water-based vehicles to move around.

Via: u/JjGuyy0

We heard rumors about a shark vehicle, but the specifics from JjGuyy0 are only speculation. The mechanics of the islands make sense, however, and we expect to see something similar to what u/JjGuyy0 has proposed.

In our opinion, “SpongeBob physics” is the only way to make an underwater Fortnite map work. It will change little other than the aesthetics of the map, which will be a perfect breath of fresh air for the community. Let’s hope that we’re right.

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Fortnite Season 3 leaked teaser finally reveals map flood

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It looks like the leaked Fortnite Season 3 map flood is going to happen.

Epic Games have kept their cards firmly close to their chest during the course of the current season, dropping small hints about a water theme in Season 2 with puddles appearing and the likes, but nothing concrete.

That, and the fact that several swimming animations have been leaked by data miners.

Anyway, those looking for something that explicitly tells us that the map is going to be taken over by water might well have got their wish, as the PlayStation Store appears to have revealed the next game icon.

As seen below, in the top left corner, the bus that usually drops us all off high into the sky is actually right next to the water – suggesting sea levels will soon rise in-game. The teaser can be seen on this page, at the time of writing.

Image: PlayStation Store.

Clearly, that’s going to bring some sweeping map changes as well – you would think.

Some players have even taken a different view on the situation, since the leak surfaced, suggesting that a crossover between the battle royale game and Bikini Bottom – from the Spongebob Squarepants series – might be on the cards.

Whether or not that comes to fruition remains to be seen, but we know one thing for sure. Things are about to be given a serious shakeup, if this leak is anything to go off.

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Fortnite leaks point to underwater swimming coming in Season 3

Swimming underwater may be a permanent feature coming to Fortnite Season 3.

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Early leaks of underwater swimming in Fortnite came to the game files several patches ago. Naturally, this led to the assumption that we’d be able to dive underwater in future Fortnite seasons.

These hopes were dashed when the Astronomical event happened. We swam underwater during this event, and most fans assumed that this would be the bulk of our undersea travel.

A couple of updates later, in v12.61, we saw the ability to swim underwater updated, yet again. When you combine this with the unconfirmed leaks covering Season 3, all signs are pointing to the ability to swim underwater in the next Fortnite Season.

Several data miners covered the new strings in the game files. After a bit of digging, they came up with the animation, itself.

As you can see from FortTory’s tweet, this animation is different from the normal swimming animation. You can dive, swim, and float in place while underwater.

There are still a ton of questions to be answered on this front. Will we able to swim underwater indefinitely or will we have an oxygen meter? Will this only be allowed on certain areas of the map? Does this mean we’re getting an underwater POI?

Underwater swimming has always been a difficult concept in gaming. Unfortunately, it could lead to a host of bugs and issues if there are some blind spots in development. Let’s hope for the best, though, and trust Epic to get it right.

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