Legacy aim assist will be removed from Fortnite. RIP L2 spammers.
Aim assist has, as always, been the topic of much debate in the Fortnite community. With Season 2, players began to notice that you could use the Legacy aim assist setting to find players through structures and bushes.
There are two sides to every argument, but the ability to use “wallhacks” in the form of L2-spam is completely broken – and this is coming from a controller player.
The popular mentality was that Epic wouldn’t touch aim assist, as it would cause too much blowback from the controller community – which might be a bigger player base than the mouse and keyboard community.
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Well, on March 6, Epic announced that they would be removing Legacy aim assist from Fortnite on March 13. Players using this setting will now have no choice but to switch to Linear or Exponential.
Most professional Fornite players use Linear aim assist these days, but several are still using the L2-spam feature of Legacy. The most popular competitor to use Legacy aim assist is Dominick ‘UnknownxArmy’ Green.
In fact, Unknown probably has a huge hand in getting Legacy taken out of the game. He was one of the first pro players to showcase the ability to track players while invisible.
This isn’t a new issue, by any means. There was a clip from a year ago where a player was L2-spamming an invisible opponent through a Smoke Grenade. It’s just taken a while for the loudest voices in the community to speak up.
Those who use Legacy aim assist will be able to copy their sensitivity, but it isn’t the same. Controller players know that Legacy and Linear feel totally different. Your look controls on Legacy won’t directly translate to Linear.
This change is going to make some players completely change their playstyle. Legacy and Exponential make it very difficult to shoot from range. Controller players won’t be able to L2-dink from 200 meters anymore. Don’t lose all hope, though. Just look at this clip from Aydan, who uses Linear.
(4:35 for mobile viewers)
The decision will undoubtedly cause some backlash in the controller community, but the ability to track players through walls was a broken feature of Legacy.
Hopefully, this isn’t a sign of things to come. Aim assist can be powerful at times, but that doesn’t mean that it should be removed or nerfed into the ground. If Epic wants controller players to stay relevant, then they need to keep aim assist in the game.