Aim assist in competitive shooters has always been a touchy subject for players. It’s difficult to feel like everyone is playing by the rules when an enemy may have just a little bit of help getting the last hit on you – we’re sure more than one mouse or controller has been broken as a result. That’s why it might be good news for some that Epic might have nerfed aim assist in Fortnite (via Dot Esports).
Renowned Fortnite dataminer Lucas7yoshi has been spilling the beans on some values they found when looking for information. They say that although they don’t exactly know what the values mean, the changes will be applied to everyone after players restart their game on Windows or Mac. All values they found are decreasing, which they believe is likely nerfing the power of aim assist on these platforms.
For both the Windows and the Mac clients it directly says “AimAssist” in the code which means there is a high probability that Lucas7Yoshi is correct about the nerf. This hotfix has already been put in place so the direct effects should already be felt by players on computers.
Fortnite players have been talking about controllers versus keyboard and mouse (KBM) for as long as the game has been competitive. Recently we saw TSM’s Leon ‘Khanada’ Khim criticise Epic for not listening to the concerns of Fortnite pros on controller aim assist while Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf joked about the lack of KBM players in tournaments if this disparity continues.
There was no mention of aim assist nerf in the latest patch notes for Fortnite, but it looks like Epic may have finally heeded the words of some of its fans. We’ll have to see if this new hotfix makes a difference to the (delayed) Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3.