Epic working on Fortnite matchmaking changes to stop mouse and keyboard users from ruining games of controller players

By Sherif Saed, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:28 GMT

Epic Games will soon be announcing a few changes to Fortnite’s matchmaking algorithms.

Although mouse and keyboard controls are not officially supported on either PS4, or Xbox One, some peripheral manufacturers, for a while now, have been selling mouse and keyboard kits for consoles.

These peripherals are so popular, in fact, that Fortnite developer Epic recently tweeted about fixing mouse functionality on PS4 after this week’s Fortnite patch v5.20 had initially broken them.

Clearly, there is a big enough portion of players that rely on these peripherals on consoles.

This sent players into a bit of tizzy on the game’s Reddit forum, demanding Epic remove support for mouse altogether. Although Epic didn’t respond to these requests directly, the developer said that the current state of matchmaking is not ideal.

The solution, according to Epic, is through matchmaking tech.

“We’re actually working on some matchmaking tech, on the way, that’ll pair you against folks based on your choice of peripherals,” said one Epic community manager, promising to share more this coming week.

“Tl;dr if you’re on KB+M you’ll be against KB+M.”

This got one Reddit user to ask whether PC players who prefer to use controllers can also expect to be matched against other controller player. Of course, this is trickier to do on PC than it is on consoles, but another Epic representative said that next week’s info drop “will hopefully clear up some commonly asked questions around this.”

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