Epic are continuously working on improving Fortnite and looks like they will be working on improving the audio for season 6. Epic will be improving the audio of footsteps, so that there will be more of a contrast between step from above and below. This will make it a lot easier to pin-point the location of enemies. The audio of gliders have also been improved so it will be easier to hear incoming enemies. Here is the blog explaining all the changes that will be made:

We’ve heard your feedback on Audio and have some updates! Tactical audio cues are incredibly important to the core gameplay, and our goal is for you to be able to consistently rely on audio information to survive. Here are some things we’re starting to develop and test internally:Season 6 – v6.00

  • Footstep sounds
    • More contrast between above/below steps.
      • We want this to be easier to determine on the fly, especially while other sounds are playing (gunfire, harvesting, etc).
    • More high frequency audio content to improve your ability to pinpoint the location of steps, and to prevent them from getting drowned out during intense combat.
  • Glider audio tells
    • Increased awareness when an enemy is gliding in your vicinity.
      • Doppler-based glider audio for incoming threats. This will create that “car passing by” effect when a player glides over top of you.
      • Improved spatialization of both skydiving and gliding players.
      • Ability to hear the open/close sounds of gliders from further away.

During Season 6

  • A system to add audio tells for in-air movement options (falling, Bouncers, Shockwave Grenades, etc).
    • In Fortnite there are a lot of options for players who want to send themselves flying through the air. We want to add sound to players as they fly.
    • This will provide additional tactical information and reduce cases where a player launches behind you without you knowing it.
    • Better info to help you predict where your enemy may approach from.
  • Discover and address cases where sounds don’t play at all.
    • Due to the chaotic nature of the game, sometimes important cues fail to play or are lost in the mix. We’re working on identifying and fixing cases where this occurs.

With Fortnite’s mobility mechanics and dynamic building/destruction, we are presented with unique challenges for spatial audio. It’s something we’ll continue to iterate and improve upon, in addition to other avenues we are looking to explore for the future. For example, Sound Propagation, where sounds actually travel through the world like they do in real life, and HRTF filtering, where sounds around you are filtered to sound as if they’re passing through your body.

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Please add a separate x and y sensitivities for such as moving and shooting and building so I could use 3/4 moving and shooting and 7/7 for building blueprint mode on console

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Hey guys, I heard that the lower pitch sounds are under yo, and the higher pitch sounds are over/on top of you. Is that correct?

Epic, please add a Kriss vector smg, shoots as fast as a drum gun, blue/epic rarity, 24/25 damage depending on rarity, no first shot accuracy, but tight hipfire and reticle, medium and close ranges thx