When focus changes an IE_Released event occurs for the W key (your character stops moving) due to UGameViewportClient::LostFocus calling APlayerController::FlushPressedKeys. Because of the R key press windows stops sending repeat WM_KEYDOWN messages for W and won't send any further messages until it is released. 

We probably shouldn't be calling FlushPressedKeys here, but instead handling window resizing (and whatever else was cause the original bug that led to it being added) better. Need to investigate.

Note: Workaround is to override your player controller's FlushPressKeys and only call Super::FlushPressedKeys() if you didn't just switch the focus, but this may have knock ons if one of the events responsible for the UGameViewportClient::LostFocus bug occurs on the same frame.

Steps to Reproduce

See UDN for sample + extra repro details/bug explanation:

Or from scratch in ThirdPersonExampleMap:

Map R key to an input action which:

Creates and adds a widget (just a button, doesn't really matter).

Delays 2s

Call "Set User Focus" on the widget


PIE, press W to start moving forward, press R, continue holding W.

After 2 seconds your character stops moving forwards, and will not move forwards again until you release and repress W.



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ComponentUE - Gameplay - Input
Affects Versions4.264.275.0
Target Fix5.1
Fix Commit21189897
Main Commit21189897
CreatedSep 3, 2021
ResolvedJul 20, 2022
UpdatedAug 30, 2022
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