The changes to Fortnite's aim assist that came with the v7.40 patch were so unpopular that they were changed back within a matter of hours.
Despite the arrival of the extremely popular Apex Legends, Fortnite remains as relevant as ever in the gaming sphere. That's no accident. As well as the battle royale game being incredibly addictive, Epic keeps us interested with constant changes and updates. It even works in seasons and has an ongoing storyline.
Some of those changes came in the form of the v7.40 patch this week. They included a more detailed breakdown of individual player stats, plus long-awaited improvements to the Stormwing Plane and the Handcannon. Those alterations were welcomed, but one of the others was not. Epic decided to make slight adjustments to Fortnite's aim assist function and players were less than impressed.
For those of you who don't know, Fortnite has a slight aim assist. Nothing that is going to get you many more kills than you normally would (or maybe that's just us). When you look down the sights of a weapon, it should snap onto a player if they are close to your crosshairs. However, some players have discovered that if you spam the button to aim down your sights, it will effectively lock on to a player.
Epic discovered this and went about changing it, as reported by Fortnite Intel. Sounds fair enough, right? On paper, maybe, but after giving the changes a try in practice, players took to the internet and voiced their anger. The aim assist changes made were so wildly unpopular that just hours after the patch dropped earlier this week, Epic reversed what it had done. That's right folks, normal service has been resumed.
Epic released a quick statement on Reddit regarding the reversal of the changes, signing off with "we’ve reverted this change while we explore better solutions to this problem. Thanks again!" A nice idea from Epic, but not one that pleased its players when unveiled to the world. Perhaps we will see a more popular solution to the problem once the developers return from the drawing board.