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Epic Games provides a massive update on the Fortnite BRUTE Mechs

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Much to the dismay of a collection of Fortnite Battle Royale fans, Epic Games have explained why the BRUTE Mechs will be staying in the game.

The statement, released on Thursday, August 15, broke down why the developer will be keeping the highly controversial BRUTE Mech in Fortnite Battle Royale.

BRUTE’s were added at the start of Season 10, and have quickly become one of the most disliked additions in Fortnite history.

In their statement, Epic Games addressed the ‘mission’ of Fortnite, and how their main goal is to “bring players of all skill levels together to have a fun experience where anyone can win.”

Epic later went on to mention how even though players report the BRUTE’s getting significant eliminations, their data suggests that Mechs don’t necessarily get THAT many eliminations in the grand scheme of things.

You can view the entire statement below:

Complete Epic Games statement on the Fortnite B.R.U.T.E.

“We’ve heard the frequent discussions (#RemoveTheMech) about the B.R.U.T.E., and decided this would be a good opportunity to explain the Fortnite philosophy. The mission of Fortnite is to bring players of all skill levels together to have a fun experience where anyone can win. For example – everyone having a shot at that first elimination or Victory Royale moment and the satisfying feeling that comes with it. Right now, we know there are players out there who have never had that opportunity.

Another part of the mission is to provide spectacle and entertainment when playing Fortnite. Bringing these moments to the game every week means there is always a new way to enjoy and experience the game.

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.

B.R.U.T.E. encounters should feel like a unique engagement and not be the dominant experience during a game. We made adjustments to the B.R.U.T.E within Arena, in line with that goal. Specifically for Arena we made the change to spawn rate in order to reduce late-game encounters. This is due to a higher number of players surviving to those circles compared to non-Arena modes. We’re happy with the results and the below graphs represent the current state of B.R.U.T.E. eliminations across both Arena and core modes.

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Above you’ll see the average number of all B.R.U.T.E. eliminations per game in each mode (Solos, Duos, Squads, Team Rumble, Arena Solos, Arena Trios).

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Above you’ll see the percent of all B.R.U.T.E. eliminations per game in each game mode (Solos, Duos, Squads, Team Rumble, Arena Solos, Arena Trios).

We regularly have and will continue to release content that shakes up gameplay in Fortnite in unexpected ways. And we’re committed to providing a constantly evolving, entertaining and fun experience to all players.

-The Fortnite Team


Should BRUTE’s be removed from Fortnite Battle Royale? Or should they be taken out of the game?

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Unlimited Items Glitch pushes Epic to disable the Motorboat

An game-breaking Fortnite glitch has been discovered, leading to the immediate removal of Motorboats.

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Fortnite is no stranger to game-breaking glitches. We’ve seen a ton of major issues come and go – the most troublesome of which seem to have popped-up in Chapter 2. This could be because the player base has had some extra time on their hands in between updates, but we don’t know for sure.

In any event, the preeminent exploit and glitch detective has been YouTuber OrangeGuy. He finds secret glitches and makes them visible to the public – showing Epic exactly how some of these strategies are completed. Epic should put him on their payroll for how much QA testing he’s done for them.

Some of OrangeGuy’s exploits are fun and goofy, while others are completely game-breaking. His most recent find fell into the latter category. It was so busted that Epic disabled Motorboats – the catalyst for the glitch – almost instantly when the video came out.

The exploit is a simple duplication glitch, but it allows you to easily carry over 1 million of a particular item in your inventory. You can use the glitch to heal forever in the storm, carry unlimited shields, or anything else an infinite number of items will allow.

At the end of the tutorial, OrangeGuy presents a message to Epic Games. “The best way to fix this glitch is to disable boats until you figure out the issue,” he wrote. “This glitch is impossible to do without boats, no other vehicles work. Hopefully, this helps.”

The speed at which Epic disabled boats in Fortnite should give you an indication of how broken this glitch was. Hopefully, Epic can find a fix and enable boats sooner rather than later.

Of course, removing boats wouldn’t be such of an issue if we had cars in the game. Hopefully, they’ll be arriving tomorrow.

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Atlantis arrives in Fortnite with new Coral Castle POI: all map changes

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Coral Castle in Fortnite

The leaked Atlantis location in Fortnite is now finally available in-game, but with a slight twist – it’s actually called ‘Coral Castle.’

The latest round of map changes have been revealed thanks to the ever-lowering water-level decreasing once again, unveiling some previously submerged areas.

Over the last few weeks, this has unveiled locations such as Risky Reels and Dirty Docks, but players have been left waiting for the Atlantis area.

It was initially leaked early in the season, after Aquaman himself was added to the game as a skin, and seemed like it was only a matter of time until Atlantis would be explorable.

New Coral Castle POI

The new area has replaced the whirpool that was previously covering it, with ‘Coral Castle’ now in it’s place.

Landing here should ensure some great loot opportunities, with plenty of chests to be raided. However, with it being brand new, it might be very busy for the next couple of days at least.

More map changes

There’s more than just Atlantis (Coral Castle). The Fortilla has “completely changed orientation”, simply turned around by 90 degrees, but is the same otherwise.

You can see the transition of the water level from FNBRHQ:

Slurpy Swamp is also back, now free of the water on top of it, although of course, it’s still very wet on the ground here.

With this update, the water is now back to the proper level, which means the map is well-suited for the long-awaited cars to make their appearance.

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SypherPK gives his wish list for Fortnite Season 4

Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan is asking for Traps, action, variety, and more in Fortnite Season 4.

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Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan is one of the most respected Fortnite creators on Twitch and YouTube. He’s one of the only big streamers to stick with the game after the mass exit of people like DrLupo, TimtheTatMan, NickMercs, and even Ninja. He’s been around the game since day one and his opinion carries a lot of weight.

On July 31, Sypher released a video entitled “What Epic NEEDS to do in Fortnite Season 4.” In the video, he lists his wishes for the next Fortnite season, along with some suggestions on how to make his ideal Fortnite experience a reality. Here’s a brief summary of what Sypher wants to see in Season 4:

  1. More variety in items/weapons/shields – specifically in pubs
  2. More action in the mid-game (player count increase LTM)
  3. Reworking of Mythic POIs
  4. Continue the LTM testing
  5. Add an improved version of the Traps

Most of us can get behind the first two suggestions on Sypher’s list – right off the bat. So many players loved the Unvaulted LTM when that came into the game. Hopefully, the numbers from this mode showed Epic that the player base wants to get back to those fun, interesting weapons from Chapter 1.

Likewise, the pacing of Chapter 2 needs some tweaking. Somehow, Epic need to find a way to prevent the mid-game lull that is so prevalent in most Fortnite matches – whether that includes raising the player count or not.

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The LTM rotation has been great since the Season 3 Summer event – and Sypher wants more of that in Season 4. It could be an easy way to test new mechanics and keep the player base happy. The suggestion involving Mythic POIs could be a good one – but we doubt that it will come to fruition.

Epic seem pot-committed to the current Mythic POI system – which seems to have as much to do with the story as it does with the gameplay. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see what they do.

Predictably, Sypher finished his list by requesting that Epic add traps back to Fortnite. Since the removal of Traps in Season 3, players have been fearlessly rushing any opponent they see.

It’s getting a bit too aggressive, and 100-damage traps with Sypher’s small tweak would be a perfect way to balance offense and defense. We don’t know how difficult it would be to disable enemy traps once a player is eliminated, but it would be the perfect way to fix the most annoying part of the defensive item.

As of now, Fortnite Season 4 is set to release at the end of August – barring any delays. What are your wishes for Fortnite Season 4? Let us know on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.

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