The v14.50 update has removed two things from Fortnite: Fortnitemares and the keyboard and mouse (KBM) dual scroll keystrokes. For the uninitiated, the dual scroll keystroke refers to the dual-linking of the “move left” and “move right” buttons on your keyboard, allowing you to achieve “movement of controller ”on KBM.
The reason so many experts make this switch has to do with the motion mesh on the KBM vs. controller. Keyboard players can only move in eight directions, while the controller’s joystick allows players to move a full 360 degrees. This movement allows the controller player to set structures aside as they run fast forward. KBM players need to jump or stop their momentum to achieve the same result.
Dual motion buttons, as you can see in the video below, have fixed this problem. Most of the top experts have been using them since the end of last year. Recently, Solo World Cup winner Bugha even typed in his keyboard to more reliably press his dual motion keys.
As we said, the experts logged into Fortnite after the v14.50 update and noticed that these keybind options were disabled. You can no longer double-link your navigation keys as you always did before.
Naturally, the professional community is very upset with this change. Benjyfishy, a relatively recent man of the double movement, has expressed his frustration on Twitter, along with a large number of Fortnite experts and other competitive players.
Dubs agrees, saying: “I don’t think Epic understands what getting rid of the double-motion constraints is. THAT’S WRONG. “
A common response in the professional community is the mention of switching to controllers. Tfue, who hasn’t played competitive Fortnite for months, has taken on a ‘just adapt, lol’ attitude to the situation, saying, “If you want dual motion, just pick an smh controller.”
Chap agreed, albeit in a more serious tone. “Letting us save the world in motion or take over the controller is inevitable,” he wrote.
UnknownArmy, a hybrid player who made a name for himself on the controller, made fun of his KBM counterparts. The L2 spammer previously wrote, “Imagine complaining about double motion when I deleted Legacy.” He also notes that this is the first time Epic has removed a popular mechanic from the keyboard and mouse player.
As for why Epic removed such a popular mechanic from Fortnite, we wouldn’t know without direct contact. However, we do have some theories. First of all, the removal of this option reduces the already huge skill gap. Only top level competitive players use dual motion.
Additionally, it removes players who are using a Macro for dual moves, which is a problem in the competitive community. Without a doubt, there are some professionals who use Macros to achieve a double movement effect without having to press three keys at once.
Unless the removal was an error – and there’s no indication that’s the case – we won’t see Epic roll back their decision, here. They were steadfast in most of the same decisions, even if a large portion of their player base disagreed (e.g. the removal of Legacy targeting support). Now, it seems dual movement is a mechanical of the past. Time to move on to the controller.