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BRUTE nerfs met with mixed reactions from community – Timthetatman, Nate Hill, and more

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Epic Games nerfed the BRUTE mechs, but the community isn’t quite ready to forgive the developers just yet.

While the nerfs to the BRUTEs are hefty, the Fortnite community (including us) are highly skeptical about forgiving their addition in the first place. The reactions to the nerfs have been mixed to say the least with a definite lean towards the negative.

Don’t get us wrong. The nerfs themselves have gotten a great response, but many players simply want the mech removed completely. Let’s get into the replies!

Community has mixed opinions of BRUTE nerfs

As we mentioned, the reactions to the nerfs have been a wild mix. The balance patch was supposed to deliver a striking blow to the ease of use that the BRUTEs have. Instead, it cut down on the “noob-friendly” mechanics while still keeping a ton of its power intact.

Liquid Chap was among the first to reply after the updates went live. In proper fashion, his single replay contains both a positive and a negative. Junk Rifts were temporarily removed from Arena due to bug and we suspect that competitive players will be angry as soon as the item returns.

Chap also mentioned the BRUTE only as the “terrible vehicle.” Its power has been chipped away at, but there’s still no way around the fact that Epic added the BRUTE to allow easy wins for newer players.

Nate Hill, another professional player, took a more tactful approach. While he slightly praised Epic on the condition of being able to counter the BRUTE with builds, he pointed a plethora of other Fortnite issues.

Many of these bugs and glitches mentioned have been lingering within the game code for all of Season X so far.

Timthetatman was among the only truly positive comments in the pack. He posted short video as a reply simply saying “Yes, yes, yes.” The difference between casual and competitive players is notable in this respect.

Dakotaz also expressed his interest in the update with a GIF. We shared his enthusiasm for such an update and had a similar look on our face when we saw the blog post.

Prominent data miner & leaker, Lucas7yoshi, chimed in on the BRUTE nerfs as well. “Too little, too late” was his conclusion after reading through the patch notes.

The nerfs do hit the mech, but we tend to agree with the hesistation to give praise to Epic. The developers, unfortunately, caused this problem themselves and you don’t get overflowing credit for cleaning up your own mess.

Cloud 9’s Keeoh pointed out the possible reason behind Epic’s sudden change of mind. They were adamant about keeping the BRUTE as is for weeks, but many streamers decided to stop streaming Fortnite all together.

This meant that other games like Minecraft and Apex Legends overtook Fortnite several times in the viewership charts on Twitch and other websites.

The Fortnite Guy made a simple and quick response that sums up the surprising nature of Epic bending to the community’s will. The nerfs aren’t the end of controversy, but Epic has realized that they can’t just do anything they want without repercussions.

With the nerfs, the casual and competitive sides of the community may once again split into opposing camps. BRUTEs may no longer be a problem in casual matches as they take a small amount more skill to use. However, competitive matches will still be plagued by the mech until the day they are removed.

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Leaked Fortnite 14.40 skins & cosmetic items

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New Skull Trooper Fortnitemare characters.

Fortnite’s v14.40 update has officially signalled the start of Fortnitemares 2020, and a brand-new patch means we have plenty of leaked skins and cosmetics to take a look at.

While Season 4 has been all about superheroes, Halloween is the name of the game for the next couple of weeks, with Fortnite’s annual spooky event Fortnitemares making it’s welcome return, and bringing back Midas too.

Midas disappeared at the end of Season 2 when his Device experiment ended in disaster, but the 14.40 update sees the character regain control of The Agency thanks to his Shadow Henchmen, who will play a significant role in the game for the next few weeks.

For cosmetics fans, a new update means new skins, gliders, back bling, and more to look at ahead of their addition to the Item Shop, and thanks to data miner HYPEX, we can take a look at everything that will appear in-game over the next few weeks.

Midas standing in front of Shadow Henchmen.
Midas is the star of the show in Fortnite’s 2020 Fortnitemares event.

Skins

As always, new skins are the highlight of any cosmetic drop, and there are plenty for fans to sink their teeth into during the Fortnitemares event.

Beef Boss and Fishstick are two new members of the Skull Squad, while the Skull Trooper himself gets a party makeover. Elsewhere, we have some new default characters for those who like to keep things simple, while the Good Doctor skin has a special emote that sees him transform into a massive monster when he drinks a potion.

Emotes

We’ve also got some new emotes, including one which sees your character play the banjo on a rocking chair, and a zombie walk which fits the Fortnitemares theme.

Unfortunately, we haven’t seen any gliders, back bling, or weapon wraps just yet, but we’ll be sure to add them to this article when they are revealed.

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Patch Notes

Fortnite 14.40 patch notes: Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge

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Fortnitemares is back as spooky season takes hold, with Midas making his return to the game in the v14.40 patch, which is live on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch on October 21.

Fortnite Season 4 has been all about superheroes, but with Halloween fast approaching on the horizon, it’s time for “Earth’s mightiest heroes” to take a backseat and make way for some ghoulish fun.

Of course, that means it’s time for the annual Fortnitemares event, with the 14.40 patch bringing some spooky additions and Halloween-themed items to help players get in the mood.

With the patch now rolling out across PC and consoles, here’s everything you need to know before you jump into the action.

Fortnite v14.40 Update patch notes


Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge

The headline addition in this patch is the return of Midas, who acts as the main character in the 2020 edition of the Fortnitemares Halloween event.

The character hasn’t been seen since Season 2 when his Device experiment backfired, flooding the entire map. Now, he has reappeared to cause some more havoc, taking residence at The Agency once again with an army of the undead to help him with his plans.

From October 21 to November 3, players who meet their demise in Solos, Duos, or Squads can return to battle as one of Midas’ Shadow Henchmen for a shot at earning a Nitemare Royale, and join your fellow Shadows to take down those still living by using otherworldly abilities.

Loot Pool Changes

Fortnitemares doesn’t just bring back Midas, but also introduces a number of new Halloween-themed items like the Witches Broom that let’s the user soar around the island, the Fiend Hunter Crossbow, and of course, the Pumpkin Rocket Launcher.

There’s also some new consumable items in the form of candy like Candy Corn and Jelly Beans, which will add health or shield, or perhaps give you some new powers to wield.

A major surprise though is the vaulting of the Charge Shotgun, which has been removed from the game for the foreseeable future.

Players have special Halloween items to enjoy during Fortnitemares.

Huge PC patch size

Those downloading on PC will notice that this week’s update is massive, coming in at 27GB, which is much larger than they typically tend to be.

This is good news for players though, as although this patch will take longer to download, it actually shaves 60GB off the entire file size of the game, improves loading performance, and will make for smaller update downloads in the future.

Bug Fixes

As always, Fortnite’s 14.40 patch also has some bug fixes that should improve quality of life for players, and address some of the frustrating glitches that can make the game frustrating to play.

These bug fixes have been taken from Epic Games’ official Trello board, and we’ll be sure to update this article with any more changes we discover.

General

  • Honey Hitters Pickaxe disabled.

Battle Royale

  • Cozy Chomps and Ravage Outfits appearing as Ramirez.
  • TWIP! Legacy not being awarded.
  • Inventory shuffling after respawning in Team Rumble.
  • Doctor Doom’s Mystical Bomb temporarily disabled in competitive playlists.

Creative Mode

  • Players without matchmaking permissions cannot access the Team Size setting.
  • Sky color does not change when adjusting light color setting.
  • Fog and lighting settings changed in Creative.

Mobile

  • Vehicle buttons missing.
  • Black textures on foil variants on Nintendo Switch.

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Patch Notes

Fortnite v14.30 Update patch notes

Fortnite’s third major update of Season 4 has arrived in the form of the 14.30 patch, which brings a major Combat Shotgun buff to players on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.

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Superheroes are the name of the game in Chapter 2 Season 4, as they take over the Fortnite island and prepare for a massive war with the evil Galactus, who’s coming to change the reality of the game forever.

With a battle on the horizon, Epic Games have decided to adjust the Combat Shotgun to give you a helping hand, while also introducing some new modes for fans to sink their teeth into.

Fortnite v14.30 patch notes

Loot Pool changes

The biggest news coming out of the October 13 patch is the adjustments Epic have made to the loot pool. The Combat Shotgun has been given a major tweak, which Epic hope will make it more useful throughout the rest of the season.

The developers confirmed that they had increased the range at which it deals damage, so hopefully players will be able to take down enemies at slightly longer distances, although Epic stated that they would be asking for feedback about the change.

Elsewhere, they’ve also announced that they are rotating in some new superpowers to keep things fresh, which will be available around the island.

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The Combat Shotgun has received a buff.

Rally Royale LTM

Along with the buff, Epic have also dropped a new LTM for fans to sink their teeth into. Rally Royale is all about getting from Point A to Point B as fast as possible, though it won’t be easy.

In this mode, your task is to collect tickets before anyone else. If you’re first, a finish line will appear on the map, which you need to speed to if you want to be crowned as the winner. This LTM is expected to go live “later in the week,” Epic confirmed.

Rally Royale will test your driving skills.

Marvel Knockout Super Series

Fortnite players can get their hands on the new Daredevil skin early by winning one of the Marvel Knockout Super Series tournaments that are included in v14.30. These elimination cups begin on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

There will be four total tournaments, with anyone who competes in all of them rewarded with an exclusive Nexus War glider.

Bug Fixes

As usual, the Fortnite team has also added a number of bugs and issues to their official Trello board. This week’s patch will include fixes for many of these recurring problems, including a series of Party Royale glitches, and plenty more.

Here is the full list of bug changes set for v14.30:

General

  • Audio of Last Forever Emote playing even with licensed audio muted.

Battle Royale

  • Placing a map marker cancels movement.

Creative Mode

  • Grass is not removed when placing objects on the ground.
  • Some players not granted items after first round in some team games.
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