Fortnite: Battle Royale – Shooting Test guide (First-Shot Accuracy)
What you need to know about the new limited test event coming to Battle Royale in an upcoming patch.
Our Fortnite: Battle Royale Shooting Test guide explains how the new First-Shot Accuracy system works. Start times will be added in a future update.
A new limited-period game mode is on its way to Fortnite: Battle Royale, and it goes by the name of Shooting Test. The objective of this event is to test a number of changes that the developers are experimenting with, in order to improve the feel of combat in the game.
The test window comes off the back of two stated design goals that were outlined towards the end of 2017. You can read about those goals over at the game’s official blog, but put simply the team want to achieve two things:
- 1. Stop players from sniping with pistols at long range, and using this weapon in a way that shouldn’t logically function.
- 2. Ensure that weapons in the game have a distinct purpose for different circumstances, based on things like ammo availability, the kind of target being aimed at and the distances involved.
To realise these goals, the team have been working on a pair of combat prototypes. The first is called First-Shot Accuracy, and the second is called Perfect Accuracy + Recoil. It’s the first of these that will be getting a test in an upcoming patch.
Shooting Test FAQ
The changes are as follows:
- Weapons will now have a red glow on the reticule which indicates something called First-Shot Accuracy. This effect happens when the player is standing still, aiming and when aim spread is at its peak accuracy.
- Headshot crits are to be reduced. All weapons with headshot crits are being reduced from 250% damage to 200%. Shotguns are a special case in this regard, and will be reduced further to 150%.
- Certain weapons will have fall-off effects, with different starting ranges, and a decrease to 70% damage. Not all weapons are affected by the change, however. Rocket Launchers, Grenade Launchers, Sniper Rifles and Shotguns will not have a fall-off value.
- A few other changes are being tested at the same time. The Semi-Auto Sniper’s damage is increased to 75/78, the Scoped Assault Rifle is increased to 25/26, and all SMGs now have an extra two points of base damage.
Make sure you take a look at our page for a low-down on the best guns in Fortnite: Battle Royale.
Shooting Test start date
No start time has been confirmed for Shooting Test at the time of publishing this article. As soon as more details are confirmed by Epic, we’ll add them in an update.