Fortnite scraps controller setting that allows controversial aim assist

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It's the end of the road for Legacy Look Controls.
Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Epic Games has confirmed it is removing Legacy Look Controls from Fortnite on March 13.

Controller users have until this date to switch to one of the new control options. The move spells the end for what many believe is a broken and overpowered aim assist option.

The debate over which players — those who use keyboard and mouse or those who use a controller — have the biggest advantage in Fortnite will rage on until the end of time (or at least until Fortnite is no longer a thing). It seems, however, that Epic is finally listening to PC players who are unhappy with controller aim assist.

Legacy Look Controls, which allows players to spam their aim trigger to lock onto a moving target and track enemies through structures, is disappearing this week.

Farewell, Legacy Look Controls

“With the improvements we’ve made to Aim Assist, we plan to remove the ‘Use Legacy Look Controls’ setting on March 13,” Epic confirmed on Twitter. “Players who have ‘Use Legacy Look Controls’ enabled when the setting is removed will have their legacy sensitivities automatically converted.”

Legacy Look Controls were added to the game last season when Epic introduced new aim assist options for controller players. They were designed to give fans the ability to stick with a system they were already familiar with, rather than having to get used to a brand-new one.

Fortnite has changed a lot since then, however. Controller players are now mixed into the same lobbies as mouse and keyboard users. Many PC players feel they are suffering as a result (they don’t get aim assist at all, though many will argue they have a lot more precision in using a mouse).

So, what does this mean for those who use a controller?

Fortnite controller users must adapt

With Legacy Look Controls disappearing, controller players will be forced to switch. They can copy their existing settings over to the new control options, but they won’t enjoy the same aim assist they’ve been used to in the past. Aim assist is still present of course — it’s just not quite as overpowered.

Those who do not switch manually before March 13 will have their settings changed automatically.

There are two new aim options for controller players to choose from: Linear and Exponential. The latter is used by default, and it provides a somewhat smoother experience that makes aiming easier for most players. Linear is a little more difficult to control, though some players feel it gives them greater control.

No matter which one you choose, however, you won’t have the ability to snap onto moving targets by spamming your aim trigger. You will also notice that the bug that allowed you to track opponents through structures when using Legacy Look Controls is also gone.