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Epic Games reassures that HRTF audio upgrades are being “actively worked on”

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Fortnite hasn’t had the greatest track record when it comes to audio. Epic Games reaffirmed that audio upgrades are still on the way including HRTF support.

Battle Royale games have a difficult time with player audio due to its need to be near-perfect. Other genres can get away with some mishaps, but a one-life mode needs a robust and precise system.

Unfortunately, Epic has not been able to implement a complete fix for the lackluster audio performance in Fortnite. Recently, they hopped on Reddit to reassure fans of incoming audio upgrades.

HRTF Audio Support coming…at some point

Epic Games implemented a decent amount of audio improvements at the end of Season 8 and beginning of Season 9, but these have proven to be band-aids.

During the initial audio improvement discussions, Epic made it clear that they are looking for a better audio delivery system. HRTF was mentioned as the primary method that the developers are looking to implement.

The first mention of this was 9 months ago, so some community members are getting understandably anxious.

Its been nearly 9 months since epic mentioned plans to add HRTF audio into the game, what happened to that? from r/FortniteCompetitive

The post from u/ntb899 does a great job of explaining the overall situation and what HRTF could do for the game. Many of the greatest and largest games use HRTF methods to deliver clear directional audio.

In reply to this post, Epic employee “DanDaDaDanDan” gave a brief reassurance of the project’s status.

Epic Dan’s short replies.

Dan confirms that the HRTF features is “actively being worked on” by Epic. As of this time, Epic “don’t have an ETA” for the new audio system.

The only new information from this dialogue so far is that Epic looks to be using Google Resonance for their HRTF solution. You can check out more information about the HRTF method on the Resonance SDK website.

While it’s good news to hear that the project is still being worked on, the long time delays seem to point towards problems with implementation. There’s no knowing where the issues are stemming from, but it certainly means that players will be waiting for a while yet.

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  1. Pingback: Major structure in Fortnite’s Pleasant Park mysteriously destroyed – FortniteCrypt

  2. guilamu

    August 1, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Not in season 10 changelog either, so we’re still stuck with Fortnite horrible sound.

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Chapter 3 Season 2 Live Event: Everything we know so far

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The first live event of Chapter 3 is expected to take place in less than six weeks. Here’s everything we know so far, based on various leaks.

Leaked Map Stages

All future stages for the territories controlled by both The Seven and Imagined Order have been leaked by data-miner Hypex. The maps show the Resistance will retake control of most of the Island, leaving only Command Cavern and Loot Lake for the IO. The final stage will lead the story directly into a live event, with the Imagined Order having little options left for victory.

Leaked Quest Voice Line

Epic also recently added new voice lines for the upcoming Week 6 Quests which, when reviewed closely, appear to tease the main story of a new live event. The Agent Jones character claims “one of the IO’s Doomsday devices is now in production”, seemingly hinting that the new event could be related to Chapter 2 Season 2’s The Device, which was also focused around a “Doomsday Device”.

A transcript of the Agent Jones voice lines can be found below:

“This will not come as a surprise, but IO management loves Doomsday machines – loves them! There’s even a doomsday division at HQ, oh man their softball team is awful but they will one day destroy us all so… kind of a wash. We have very credible intel that one of the IO’s Doomsday devices is now in production. We need to find out everything we can while we still can. Hit the field, I’ll prep the cameras . . . I have a very bad feeling that we are not ready for what we’re gonna find out.”

Doomsday Landmark

According to Fortnite data-miner GMatrixGames, a new Landmark code-named ‘DDMachine’ has been added to the game’s tags, suggesting that the Doomsday Device described by Agent Jones could be added to the map in the future.

Less than six weeks remain until the potential live event. We’ll keep you updated with the latest leaks and official announcements.

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Boogie Bomb and Rift-To-Go Unvaulted Until April 25

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In preparation for the upcoming item vote, the Boogie Bomb and Rift-To-Go have both been unvaulted for a trial period until April 25.

Players can now find the items scattered throughout the Island from Chests, Llamas, Supply Drops, Loot Sharks and ground loot. Once the short trial period ends on April 25 at 8AM ET, new gold funding stations will go live in-game on the following day to let players “fund” the item they want to see return permanently (for the rest of Season 2). The item that becomes 100% funded first will automatically be reintroduced to the loot pool as soon as the goal, of which the exact value is unknown, is reached.

We’ll keep you updated on which item gets unvaulted.

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Leak: S.T.A.R.S. Team and El Chapulín Colorado to Return Very Soon

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Fortnite has re-added multiple Item Shop sections to its API, meaning they will be available very soon. Five existing sections have also been removed, suggesting Epic doesn’t plan to bring those Sets back to the Item Shop for a while.

Re-added Item Shop Sections:

  • S.T.A.R.S. Team
  • El Chapulín Colorado
  • Wu Wear (new)

Removed Item Shop Sections:

  • Silk Sonic
  • Chloe Kim
  • Cobra Kai
  • Jordan
  • Turn The Music Up

The ‘Wu Wear’ section, which was added to the API today, will contain the new Wu-Tang Clan cosmetics; featuring two Outfits, two Bundles and more.

We’ll keep you updated if any additional sections are changed.

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