Any hope of the BRUTE being nerfed or vaulted entirely was squashed by Epic’s latest competitive update.
Calls for the BRUTE to be removed from the game have been plentiful and many top streamers have threatened to start playing different games until they are removed.
Given the absurdly strong power level and the almost unanimous cry out against the mechs, it seemed likely they would go the way of the Infinity Blade soon.
Not so fast, my friend.
Epic Games doubled down on the BRUTE in the latest competitive update. They did announce one nerf to the mech but it is so small that it really does not seem like it will make much of an impact.
They are adding a laser sight on the rockets. That’s it. That’s all they are doing. Now you will know you are about to be bombarded by ten rockets seconds before you actually are.
Well dust your hands off Epic you fixed it.
The BRUTE will be staying in all Fortnite modes including competitive for the forseeable future.
The update also brings some news about the upcoming Fortnite Championship Series (FCS). This is Epic’s attempt at turning Fortnite into a true consistent esports league. On paper it seems like a good idea, but until Epic starts taking competitive balance more seriously Fortnite will not be recognized as a top-tier esport.
You can either have a fully functioning top-tier esport or you can have giant mechs that are difficult to counter and massive sources of RNG, you can’t have both.
As expected, the early reactions to this update were of dismay and outcry. This doesn’t seem like it is poised to be the siphon change that was a big deal but faded away. This situation feels like it could pose big problems for the future of Fortnite if it isn’t handled.
Chad Mustard explains why we needed a new Fortnite map
Donald Mustard’s brother, Chad Mustard, discussed why Fortnite needed a new map from a game development standpoint.
Dedicated Fortnite fans follow Donald Mustard on social media for hints about the future of the game. The Worldwide Creative Director of Epic Games loves to tweet out cryptic teasers about what the developers will be bringing to Fortnite in the future – many of which are impossible to decipher until they come to fruition.
Of course, teasing future seasons of Fortnite is only what Donald Mustard does for fun. When he’s on the clock, he’s steering the Fortnite ship and making decisions on where the game should go. Most players consider him to be the brain behind Fortnite’s ever-evolving world – whether this is entirely true or not.
Donald Mustard has a brother named Chad Mustard, who hosts a YouTube channel that is mostly dedicated to making Fortnite content, as you might expect. Recently, the latter sat down with fellow Fortnite YouTuber, I Talk Fortnite, to discuss several topics related to the game.
The two had a long and detailed conversation – most of which had to do with Creative Mode, which is the primary focus of the ‘Mustard Plays’ YouTube channel. Towards the end of the interview, I Talk Fortnite brought up the old Fortnite map and old graphics of the game. Mustard opened up a bit, here, explaining why Fortnite needed a new map.
“Here’s the problem with the old map,” Mustard began, “the old map was made in, like, a few weeks. Battle Royale was a test, and they were like, ‘hey, let’s put this together and figure out if this will work in our Fortnite system.”
As Mustard explained, Epic weren’t prepared for the success that Battle Royale brought to Fortnite. They wanted to use the exposure and revenue to expand the game, but the old map limited them.
“They can’t do things like water, you can’t swim, you can’t do dynamic things with mountains,” Mustard said when talking about the old Fortnite map. “This new map was built to fit all of their systems so that they can do more things – have more vehicles; systems like swimming or weather patterns … you could not do that on the old map and with the old graphics. That’s why they had to switch to a new map.”
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In essence, Chad Mustard explained that the game outgrew the restraints of the original Fortnite map. Epic brought us a new map that could take us into the future – what we’re playing now – and beyond; experimenting with elements that we haven’t even seen yet.
Will we ever go back the old Fortnite map? In our opinion, Epic will release it as a novelty at some point. If Mustard is correct, however, the future of Fortnite is the exclusive property of the Chapter 2 map and any other creation that comes out of it.
Fortnite won’t come back to the Apple app store until at least next year
The judge in the Apple vs Epic Games case has prevented the app store from blocking Unreal Engine games, but Apple won’t be forced to put Fortnite back.
Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers denied Epic’s preliminary injuction that would force Apple to put Fortnite back on the app store while the case goes on.
However, the judge did grant their other injuction, which stops Apple from banning apps made with Unreal Engine, which Epic owns and makes. You can see the full decision here.
That means, that unless Epic decides to remove it’s direct payment method for V-Bucks, which started this whole legal battle, we won’t see Fortnite back on iOS devices. Atleast, until the trial is over.
The decision to keep Unreal Engine protected though, is to stop the dispute between Apple and Epic creating havoc for “bystanders” – aka other developers not involved in the litigation, who just happen to use Unreal Engine.
In a statement, Epic said: “Epic Games is grateful that Apple will continue to be barred from retaliating against Unreal Engine and our game development customers as the litigation continues. We will continue to develop for iOS and Mac under the court’s protection and we will pursue all avenues to end Apple’s anti-competitive behavior.”
Apple, on the other hand, said: “We’re grateful the court recognized that Epic’s actions were not in the best interests of its own customers and that any problems they may have encountered were of their own making when they breached their agreement.”
The trial will commence in May, 2021, when some sort of resolution to this case will hopefully be resolved. Until then, Fortnite won’t be on iPhones or iPads – that much is certain.
Epic Games vs. Apple trial date set for May 3, 2021
Epic Games and Apple are set to hit the courtroom on May 3, 2021.
The battle between the tech giants of Epic Games and Apple wages on as a trial date has been set for May 3, 2021. The United States District Court of the Northern District of California is set to hear the arguments starting at 8:30 AM PST on that date.
The trial date comes after the most recent hearing between Epic and Apple, which had many onlookers suspecting that a jury trial would take place in July of 2021. Instead, the court scheduled a bench trial for the previous month.
Several pre-trial dates are expected to accompany the final May 3 date, so we could hear more news about how the court is leaning – although nothing will be set in stone until May 2021, at least.
With a date set, we now know the first time that we could hear concrete news as to whether or not iOS players will be able to play Fortnite. So far, the court hasn’t been too sympathetic to Epic’s case after the way they handled it.
Epic knowingly circumvented the conditions of the Google Play Store and App Store when they allowed players to buy V-Bucks directly from the source. The former company knew that Apple and Google would take action, and were prepared to retaliate with legislation. The judge presiding over the matter sees this and doesn’t appear to respect the move.
Unfortunately for iOS Fortnite players, this news means that we’re waiting another seven months for news on when the game will be available, again. Sony and Microsoft may end up being the real winners here, as displaced mobile players pick up their new consoles to play their favorite game.
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