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Fortnite's glider re-deploy feature is here to stay, but will be less stealthy after next patch

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Epic recently enabled glider re-deploys in all Fortnite (opens in new tab) game modes, a change that PC Gamer Fortnite expert James welcomed, even as he also predicted that some players might not appreciate the adjustment. Going by today's "Glider Re-Deploy Test" update, it sounds like he was right. But for now, Epic is sticking with it. 

"We’ve finished our first week of Glider Re-deploy being available in all modes. During this time we’ve been collecting internal data and monitoring constructive feedback from all of you," the studio wrote. "We understand that not all players agree with this change, but we would like to continue with this functionality in the game based on the positive results we’ve been seeing." 

"Quality of life" adjustments will be made, however, beginning with the 6.21 update, which will prioritize the glider audio over weapon audio "within certain ranges" and thus make it harder to swoop in on enemies undetected. Other changes will follow in future updates, and Epic invited players to continue submitting thoughts and feedback about Glider re-deploys in the future. 

This guy was happy to oblige: 

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Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.