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Ninja, Aydan, Tfue & more call for aim assist nerf after FNCS Week 2

Ninja, Tfue, Aydan, EmadGG, Zayt, and many other Fortnite players call for an aim assist nerf following the FNCS Week 2.

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Fortnite aim assist is in the news, yet again, following the results of the Fortnite Champion Series Invitational Week 2. Some of the high-profile Fortnite pros noticed how many controller players qualified for Grand Finals, while several other noteworthy keyboard and mouse (KBM) players were left off of the list.

This was the case in most regions of the FNCS. Controller players are performing better and better in these tournaments, especially with the new format. This FNCS format gives players 4 points per elimination. The new format inherently incentivizes engagement, which is favorable to controller players – especially with no traps to counter them.

The result of this combination of factors led to controller players finishing in each of the top-13 NA-East placements after Day 1. The final scoreboard didn’t look the same way after two days, but it was enough to spark outrage on Twitter.

We had regular aim assist critics like Stretched and Zayt; the latter of which threatened to ban controller players from scrim Discords. They were far from the only ones speaking out, however. Even EmadGG, who is one of the most positive people in the community, tweet the hashtag #NerfAimAssist.

Other notable complaints came from RBK Arab, Liquid Stretch, Tfue, and even Rod Breslau – esports journalist. He went so far as to say, “Aim assist does not belong in esports.”

One of the most stunning admissions came in a Twitter conversation between Aydan and Ninja. Aydan tweeted that aim assist is broken. Ninja replied, asking for the former’s honest opinion. Aydan – one of the biggest aim assist supporters – delivered the opinion that contradicted what many expected.

Ninja addressed the situation with a Twitter video, calling for more controller players to speak out against aim assist – or to give their honest opinions on the matter.

Other controller pros, like Av and Scoped, have already stated that they think aim assist is too powerful. Scoped – along with other controller pros – even changed his in-game name to Cheater Scoped, which echoes the thoughts of many KBM players.

With so much outcry from the professional community, it seems like Epic have to do something with aim assist. The only fear is that they take things too far, making it nearly impossible for controller players to compete with KBM players.

The bulk of the Fortnite player base is likely still on console. Console players have numerous disadvantages when going up against PC players – regardless of the input that they’re using. We are forced to play cross-platform matches in Fortnite, and a substantial nerf to aim assist could negatively affect console players.

We could see Epic adjust aim assist on PC or in competitive Formats, as they’ve tried to do in the past. This topic is far more nuanced than a lot of pros express it to be.

Linear and Exponential aim assist are too strong in a lot of cases, but an overwhelming nerf could hurt casual players who don’t perform at a high level. We’ll have to see how Epic react to this blowback.

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Fortnite tease new Drift Crew skins

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Epic Games are dropping some cryptic hints relating to the iconic Drift character in Fortnite, and speculation suggests it’s all leading to a new Drift Crew skin.

On January 24, Epic Games posted a series of mysterious tweets, to get the community guessing.

Their first post referenced Drift directly, saying: “Drift? Drift. Come in. Do you read me?”

A series of messages followed, asking for help – presumably Drift’s help.

Data miner HYPEX was quick to highlight that these teasers are almost certainly connected to the upcoming new Drift Skin, which appears to be a female version of the fan-favorite skin.

Fortnite Crew is the monthly subscription service, and it’s expected that this new Drift skin will be included in the February edition of the subscription rewards.

Fortnite Monthly Crew Pack
The Fortnite Crew subscription includes V-Bucks plus cosmetic rewards.

The subscription grants players each new Battle Pass, plus 1,000 V-Bucks, in addition to the cosmetic rewards.

We’ll have to wait and see confirmation about the new Drift skin as we put January in the rearview mirror and move into February.

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Fortnite v15.21 update patch notes: Predator, Mythic Item, New Quests

Fortnite’s v15.21 update has shaken things up again, adding Predator and a brand new Mythic Item to the mix.

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Today’s Fortnite v15.21 update has shaken things up again in the battle royale game, adding Predator and a brand new Mythic Item to the mix.

The game has been subject to weekly updates for a long time now, meaning content is given a slight refresh some weeks, and on others things can change a bit more dramatically.

On January 20, after the latest patch was rolled out, it’s fair to say that not a lot of things have been tweaked.

In the absence of official patch notes, which have been vaulted since before Chapter 2 even began, we’ve rounded up the changes confirmed already by players and leaks.

Fortnite v15.21 patch notes

Predator

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Predator has arrived in Fortnite. Credit: Epic Games.

Predator is the latest crossover character to arrive in Fortnite, now available to fight at the Stealthy Stronghold location. The skin is also coming to the Fortnite Item Shop, along with some cosmetics – such as a pickaxe.

New Mythic Item: Predator Cloak Device

One of the biggest, and most exciting, elements of Predator’s arrival is the new Mythic Item it adds to the game. The Predator Cloak Device is now active in-game, and once it’s been found and activated, players can use it to turn invisible.

To get one, check out our complete guide here. It’s fairly easy to achieve.

New Quests

More Quests have been added to the Battle Pass for Season 5, following the v15.21 update.

The full list of these can be seen below, courtesy of HYPEX.

New Fortnite Quests. Credit: HYPEX.

Bug fixes and other changes

According to the official Fortnite Trello board, a number of things have changed – including general issues and things specifically impacting the BR mode.

General Top Issues

  • When playing Fortnite, players cannot create system-level parties that include players on both PS5 and PS4.
  • The Jumpshot Outfit is missing its facial hair.
  • The Banner menu may be unresponsive to controller inputs, causing players to have difficulty editing their Banner with a controller or the Banner not updating properly.
  • We’re investigating an issue that is causing players to experience a long loading screen after completing a session on PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
  • The sound effect of certain actions, such as opening a Chest or hitting a Weak Point, may be delayed.

Battle Royale

  • In competitive playlists, players do not have access to their persistent stash of Bars. Instead, they are granted a set amount at the beginning of each match. This is intended. However, your end total of Bars in competitive playlists may appear in the Lobby in place of your persistent stash. This is a visual issue only.
  • The weekly Legendary Quest to ‘Get Headshots’ is not always visible after completing the first stage of the quest.
  • Players may receive damage mid-air when falling inside a car.
  • Players and Spectators may notice inconsistent camera behavior or stuttering after being near a Car they recently drove then exited.
  • Total Bars appearing as 0 in a match.
  • Assets appearing invisible in Performance Mode alpha.
  • Game freezing when going to the Compete tab on PlayStation/Xbox.
  • Sand Tunneling temporarily disabled.

As is the case every week with these unofficial patch notes, it’s an ever changing beast. If we find something that’s changed and not been included here in the Fortnite v15.21 patch notes, we’ll update you as quickly as we can.

Until then, jump in and see for yourself! Remember to thank the bus driver…

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How to go invisible in Fortnite with Predator Cloak Device

Predator has arrived in Fortnite just a week after the character’s ship landed, and he’s brought a brand new weapon.

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Predator has arrived in Fortnite Battle Royale just a week after the character’s ship landed on the island, and he’s brought a brand new weapon – or ability – to the fight.

One of the most sought after abilities in Fortnite, pretty much since Day 1, has been finding ways to turn invisible. Out of sight for enemies, and handing yourself a huge advantage.

In the past, this has been achieved with exploits using previously added invisibility items, or just glitches that make players pretty much impossible to take down.

However, a legitimate way of doing that – for a limited time – is now in the game.

How to use Predator’s Cloak device in Fortnite

The first-look footage of the Predator Cloak Device shows that the process of actually using it is quite simple.

As seen below, in a post from HYPEX, all you have to do is activate it once you have stumbled upon one and you’ll instantly turn invisible.

This is not the first item to be added to Fortnite that turns players invisible, with Shadow Stones appearing in the past, though developers will be hoping the rollout of this ability doesn’t turn out to be as glitchy as those that have came before it.

Cloak Device stats

Not only do we know how it works already, but also the stats for it as well. It lasts 30 seconds and requires a cooldown each time of the same amount, seen below from HYPEX again.

Players can activate this, of course, though we’re now aware the NPC Predator can also do it. This is going to make the character slightly harder to defeat than others.

How to get Fortnite Predator Cloak Device

The Predator Device can be obtained by taking down Predator in-game, much like any other boss the game’s added during Season 5.

After visiting Predator’s location and striking the character down, it will drop the following, as well as ammo and Floppers.

That’s it! Now you know how to use the Predator Cloak Device, and it looks like it’s going to be quite tricky to get one in-game – especially if the NPC is using it to escape your gunfire!

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