The 10th season of Fortnite Battle Royale is barely two weeks old, but it's already controversial. When it launched on Aug. 1, players were ready for an influx of slick new weapons, the return of classic locations and, most importantly, the epic continuation of one of the world's most popular games. While for the most part, the gameplay in Season 10 has been what fans have come to expect, there's one elephant in the Battle Royale map that continues to create problems for novice and veteran players alike: the B.R.U.T.E.
The mech is a two-person vehicle in which one player controls the movement while the other operates the weapons. Fitted with a shotgun and a missile launcher, the B.R.U.T.E. spawns at random across the Fornite map during nearly every zone. The vehicle can launch across the map with ease, dealing significant amounts of damage to players who cross its path.
Almost immediately after the B.R.U.T.E became available in Battle Royale, players began to complain about the vehicle, mainly because it was nearly impossible to evade in one-on-one combat. After much deliberation, Epic Games decided to nerf the mech in its most recent patch.
To start off, a targeting laser has been added to the vehicle that will provide "clarity to all players on where a gunner is aiming their rockets before they’re fired." The laser is visible to the players operating the B.R.U.T.E., as well as to teammates and opponents. This alteration will allow for a better understanding of what the rocket launcher targets, meaning players defending themselves against the mech should have an easier time dodging attacks.
Then there are minor changes in response to some of the frequent complaints about the B.R.U.T.E. Initially, when the mech self-destructed, it would take four seconds to explode, leaving players little time to make a getaway. That has been increased to five seconds, which could make a huge difference in close-quarters fights. The audio and visual feedback during the self-destruct sequence has also been improved, which should make it more clear to nearby players that the vehicle is about to explode.
Additionally, players are now able to enter a B.R.U.T.E. directly while deploying a glider. Along with that comes changes to how the game will handle unaccompanied mechs: B.R.U.T.E.s abandoned in the Storm will self-destruct after 30 seconds, making it more difficult for players to sneak out of the zone to grab one.
Finally, Fortnite has made major changes to the spawning system for the mechs. In large team respawn game modes, rather than spawning at the end of each Storm phase, the vehicle will now appear intermittently throughout the match. For Arena and Tournament modes, the spawn rate of the B.R.U.T.E. has been lowered drastically. Epic also made sure to note thatthe impact of this alteration will be monitored, week to week, as competitive game modes are played.
While that is all well and good, many players have continued to voice their concerns about the mech. "I understand Epic not TOTALLY removing mechs (if they've built an entire season/ challenges around them)," popular Fortnite YouTuber Muselk wrote on Twitter. "But gotta say I'm genuinely disappointed that 2 weeks in we haven't seen a HARD nerf (lower damage/firerate/clipsize). Just seems like such a weird thing to be stubborn on."
The Australian gamer isn't alone in his frustrations, either. Much of the Fortnite community has called for a significant nerf on the damage that the B.R.U.T.E. can dish out, but their pleas have been met with silence. At this point, Epic Games could have a real problem on its hands if it doesn't address the concerns about the mech head-on.
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