Epic Games has finally responded to community complaints about the BRUTE mech, but it seems they’re not convinced that it’s a big problem.
Patch v10.0 introduced the B.R.U.T.E. mech into the Fortnite BR world and players have been furious ever since. Casual and competitive communities have called out Epic for adding such an overpowered vehicle into the game due to its instant-kill potential and ability to repeatedly deploy extra shields.
Epic Games has finally stepped in to give us a short statement about the mech, but it won’t be what you want to hear. Even after ultra-speed bugs, Epic doesn’t look to be urgently addressing the B.R.U.T.E. issue.
Epic Games issues statement on the BRUTE mech
On August 6, Epic posted a short explanation about the current course for B.R.U.T.E. nerfs. While many fans wanted to see a firm response and a possible apology, Epic continues to roll their own way.
The statement left us feeling like Epic simply doesn’t playtest things enough before releasing them to the public. Furthermore, after release, it would seem that overwhelming evidence against an item’s balance doesn’t sway Epic to quickly reverse bad decisions.
We thought Epic would’ve learned the hard lesson of ridiculously broken items with the Infinity Blade. The B.R.U.T.E. could’ve been an awesome LTM feature or perhaps even better left for Creative. No single vehicle or weapon should be able to blow up enemies without counter-play.
Thankfully, the movement based bugs are being addressed immediately. When Epic wants to do something, they get it done fast. The fixes should be live in the game with the next patch. We believe that the mech should be completely disabled in all game modes until then.
It’s quite difficult to wrap our heads around the decision-making behind the mech’s release and this hesitation to nerf it. There are hundreds of clips of players nuking others out of existence by simply pressing a single button. These types of easy-to-use abilities are bad enough in respawn games, but become absolutely absurd in Battle Royale.
Do you think Epic Games should take swifter action in changing the B.R.U.T.E.? Currently, the game’s end-game meta is a confusing mix of fighting and hiding from the mech. While we don’t mind meta changes for new seasons, Season X went beyond overboard with this concept.