Fortnite will soon get input-based matchmaking, developer Epic has announced.

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Console players who use a keyboard and mouse will soon be matchmade with others who use a keyboard and mouse.

It means the battle royale game will pair you against players who are using the same peripherals, for example, controller versus controller, keyboard and mouse versus keyboard and mouse.

It'll help avoid situations where console controller players go up against those who use a keyboard and mouse. (PlayStation 4 players who use a keyboard and mouse are considered to have an advantage over controller users - Microsoft currently does not provide official keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One.)

Here's how it'll work, according to Epic's recent State of Development blog post: if anyone in your party uses a mouse and keyboard on console, you will be matchmade with PC players and other keyboard and mouse players, as if you partied up with a PC player.

However, the current crossplay rules will still apply, so partying up with a PC player will always put you in a PC pool, regardless of your input type.

There's no word on whether Fortnite will pair those who use a controller on PC with others who use a controller on PC and console. But Epic did say custom controls are coming later in the year. This will let you remap your gamepad to your preference.

Meanwhile, Epic said a competition system is coming to Fortnite. This is intended to let players compete directly against one another within the same match - "and be recognised for their accomplishments". The first version of this is expected later this autumn.

Fortnite is currently undergoing some changes. An ongoing live event has rid the map of one mysterious object and left players with another, as we reported last night.

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