Fortnite has issued an official response via Twitter following fan division over the movement update, which altered the speed and animation.
The team has stated that although they “definitely hear the concerns”, they will essentially wait for players to give this a chance. In the same thread, they added that PC players might need to adjust their default settings for better results:
At first glance, today’s response sounds like they are simply asking players to get used to it and check their settings. But the team responded quickly and openly, with phrases like “we’re still here with you” that sound genuinely supportive.
Fans praised the communication with this tweet, which can be pretty unusual for games of any size. The tweet also directly addresses how unusual the new movement may feel, and the devs define their various reasons behind this change.
However, Fortnite’s adamant stance will likely still annoy some fans, following the backlash. Players generally found the previous system to be fairly balanced, already.
So, many have considered the new movement update an unnecessary change. The movement update is also a surprisingly big change, when Fortnite appeared to be aiming for nostalgia with OG.
Adjusting the movement has shaken up the meta, and it affects building in particular. It may be less flexible for some, and everyone will have to reconsider their moment-to-moment decisions. The update seems less easygoing, and intentionally aims to promote tactical pacing.
Still, there are many who don’t mind the update. And for those who were hoping for the devs to apologize and revert, there’s still hope. Especially if fan backlash remains consistent over time. The team may still add some tweaks here and there to fine-tune the update.
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