Epic Games Drops the Ball on B.R.U.T.E.
Season 10 brought a lot of changes with it when it dropped last month, removing most of the mobility items and bringing back some classic game locations from the past. While all of this has had a rather large impact on the game’s meta, nothing has changed, or in this case warped it more than the B.R.U.T.E. mechs. The two-person vehicles have stormed through the game, chasing down players with ease and tearing them and their builds apart like a hot knife through butter. The community had been railing against Epic over the move, forcing the besieged company to release a “Fortnite Philosophy Update” discussing the matter.
The “Philosophy” Behind Fortnite
The update started out discussing recent backlash from the community over the mech, discussing how they wanted players of every skill level to feel like they could win any game, and for new players to quickly get into enjoying the game.
They followed up this discussion stating,
“The B.R.U.T.E. was added at the start of Season X with this mission in mind. Since then, we have seen players who had previously struggled with getting eliminations acquiring more, while the number of eliminations earned by more experienced players remained steady.”
This statement was further trailed by a graph showing the number of kills a mech gets in each mode per game, arguing that new players were getting more kills per match while experienced players were getting about the same as before.
The ended the update discussing how they’d continue to shake-up the game with major updates, even right before large events.
The community response to the post has been nothing short of pure outrage.
Large swaths of fans commenting on Reddit remarked how the post showed Epic really didn’t care about it’s competitive or high skill scene, instead deciding their casual player base was more important.
Others debated the viability of Fortnite as a competitive title long term if Epic continues to focus on fun without worrying how it’d impact the scene.
Still, others worried how Epic will handle other competitive titles in the future, especially the recently acquired Rocket League, whose competitive scene has blossomed in the last couple of years.
The update is still too fresh for more than responses from the community to arise, but it’s highly likely we’ll see large orgs who’ve invested in the competitive side of the game rally against the move or straight up leave the scene in the days and weeks to come.
We’ll continue to keep you updated as the controversy develops.