Fornite developer Epic Games is getting ready to even the battlefield a bit by separating Battle Royale players based on what kind of controls you’re using.
Epic community manager Nathan Mooney recently confirmed on Reddit (via IGN) that the developer is “actually working on some matchmaking tech, on the way, that’ll pair you against folks based on your choice of peripherals. ”
Mooney stated that Epic will release more information about this tech next week and made clear that “if you’re on KB+M [keyboard and mouse], you’ll be against KB+M.”
This is probably welcome news for a lot of PlayStation 4 players, since that platform allows for keyboard-and-mouse controls, and for PC players who like to play with gamepads. As for cross-play between console and PC, we’re assuming that peripheral-based matchmaking will be an option that players can toggle, so if you’re a gamepad player on console who doesn’t mind going up against KBM players, we’d be surprised if Epic completely blocked you from playing with your PC friends.
The common belief is that KBM players have major gameplay advantage over controller players due to KBM’s precision, even though Epic has gifted controller players with a fairly generous aim assist. More significantly, I’d wager that KBM benefits players in switching weapons and building, as keyboard makes it quicker to switch between specific weapons and the mouse gives players an advantage when it comes to quickly and accurately putting up structures.
While you’re waiting for news on peripheral-based matchmaking, you can start taking on Fortnite‘s week five challenges soon.
Fortnite is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC, and mobile.