Epic Games nerfs aim assist in latest Fortnite update

Controller players no longer have the upper hand


After what seems like months of professional players complaining about console players in Fortnite, Epic Games has finally nerfed the game’s aim assist. This means those of you using a controller to play the battle royale on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile will find it harder to hit targets now.

Aim assist has for some time affected the pacing of competitive Fortnite. The strength of the game’s aim assist has been the subject of many a rant from esports pros and streamers like Tyler ‘Ninja‘ Blevins and Turner ‘Tfue‘ Tenney in recent weeks, so it looks like Epic has caved in to the pressure and made some pretty sweeping changes.

In the update, Epic Games has made a change to the system which will make “240hz aim assist act like 60hz” which will directly “impact target acquisition.” In other words, aim assist will be slower and less effective now.

That isn’t the only change Epic is making to Fortnite, though. The heavy sniper has been nerfed in an attempt at balancing the game’s growing weapon pool, and two new modes, Party Royale and Operation Payload have been announced.