The B.R.U.T.E. mech’s addition to Fortnite is hard to explain away, but Nickmercs has the best reasoning for Epic’s idea we’ve heard so far.
Epic Games decided to add the BRUTE mech to Fortnite with Season X and we’ve been scratching our heads trying figure out why. It’s extremely overpowered with easy to use mechanics and a health pool the size of Jupiter. What could possibly explain why they would add something so unbalanced?
FaZe Clan’s Nickmercs went ahead and took a crack at that question recently. His explanation certainly makes sense considering the seemingly conflicting forces of casual & competitive within Epic.
Nickmercs on why Epic added the BRUTE mech
Nickmercs, the most watched Fortnite controller player, was trying to figure out why the B.R.U.T.E. was a thing in existence. The mech shocked him and other pros as it doesn’t fit properly into any aspect of the BR experience.
After chatting it up with his stream, he came to a conclusion that we partially agree with. Creative imagination paired with the power to influence millions of players can be a dangerous combo when thinking about proper game balancing.
Epic Games has stated, on several occasions, that they do not want to separate the casual & competitive loot pools. This means that all items and vehicles must be made to fit both arenas. This is a nearly impossible task as Fortnite is, at its core, a casual experience for millions of players. The best example of this system failing was the Storm Flip which was banned from two qualifiers and the FWC Finals.
As Nickmercs says, now that the Fortnite World Cup is over, Epic can implement anything they want into the game without paying attention to competitive balance. “Do you think because the World Cup is over, they just snapped and said **** it?” is how Nick envisioned the internal meeting.
We don’t think it was as blatant a decision as this, but of course the mood within the studio could’ve gotten more lax. With that said, Epic should realize that competitive gameplay doesn’t mean ‘anti-fun’, but rather means ‘fair.’ Casual players want a fair experience just as much as the competitive all-star.
Hopefully, Nickmercs’ prediction for the rest of Season X doesn’t come true. When talking about Epic’s “bag” of declined ideas, the pro stated “I feel like this season they’re just gonna dump the bag on us.”
To the casual player who doesn’t care about competitive, we implore you to see the benefits of having a competitive focused design team. Fun gameplay is rooted in the equal ability of two (or more) players to eliminate each other. The B.R.U.T.E. is the ultimate in unfairness as it gives the driver/gunner an immense and overwhelming advantage.
Epic Games’ issues statement on B.R.U.T.E. nerfs
Maybe our trust in Epic is a bit stronger than Nick’s, but we don’t believe they will completely throw the game into a state of disarray. Still, Epic’s latest statement about the B.R.U.T.E. mech nerfs isn’t exactly encouraging news.
In a quick Reddit post, the developers simply stated that they would be “evaluating” the mech’s power in the coming days.
The statement drew a great deal of anger from the community since Epic has access to millions of hours of gameplay where the B.R.U.T.E. is running rampant. The lack of immediate action reinforces Nickmercs’ point that Epic is simply to looking to “have fun” with the design process rather caring about balance.
We hope Epic will be more tame with their releases throughout the season. A great way to add ‘crazy’ ideas would be to have them present in LTMs or even semi-permanent modes. Some players were outraged by the no-building zone of Tilted Town which could’ve also been pushed into a separate mode.
Do you think Nickmercs’ dire prediction of Season X will come true in the coming weeks? Give us your thoughts on the subject in the comments below.
Fortnite leaks reveal free Major Mancake skin coming in Chapter 3 Season 3
Fortnite leakers have discovered a new Mancake skin in the files called Major Mancake that players can unlock for free in Chapter 3 Season 3.
Mancake, literally a man with a pancake head, is one of the most popular Fortnite characters. He has received a ‘Major’ upgrade in Chapter 3 Season 3 and you can get the skin by completing five Fall Guys’ Crown Clash challenges.
Mancake and his unreal adventures in Butter Barn are quite famous among Fortnite players. The character has been on the island since Chapter 2 Season 5 and has played a significant role in the storyline repeatedly.
Here’s a preview of the upcoming Major Mancake skin in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3.
How to get Major Mancake skin in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3
To be fair, the Major Mancake skin isn’t a noteworthy upgrade to the original skin. There are minor differences in the the outfit’s color scheme and the head is now more pancake-like.
Here’s a comparison between the original Mancake skin and the leaked Major Mancake skin:
The decrypted Major Mancake set also has the following items:
- Stacked! spray
- Sweet Clementine pickaxe
- Stacked with Love emoticon
- Waffler backbling
Leakers have reported that the emoticon and the spray do not have a source, which hints at Major Mancake being a promotional cosmetic.
There will be five Crown Clash challenges and loopers will have to play a total of 100 Fall Guys shows to avail of all five free rewards.
Why Major Mancake could be a free Fortnite x Fall Guys reward
Leakers have discovered that the upcoming Fall Guys challenge will have five stages and the Major Mancake set comprises five cosmetics. These skins, sprays, and emoticons do not have Item Shop assets, and the pickaxe appears to have a Promo source.
Having said that, it doesn’t make a lot of sense for none of the Fall Guys x Fortnite rewards to be Fall Guys themed. Mancake is an original Fortnite character and has no relation with Mediatonic’s Battle Royale game.
We’ll make sure to update this article when Epic Games officially reveals Major Mancake and the procedure to get the skin.
UPDATE: Leakers have confirmed that Major Mancake is a promotional reward for Fortnite x Fall Guys. The order in which players can get the skin for free is:
- 10 Fall Guys Rounds: Stacked! Spray
- 20 Fall Guys Rounds: Stacked With Love Emoticon
- 40 Fall Guys Rounds: Sweet Clementine Pickaxe
- 70 Fall Guys Rounds: Waffler Backbling
- 100 Fall Guys Rounds: Major Mancake Outfit
Fortnite Reality Tree is the ‘next threat’ according to NPCs
Fortnite Season 3 is all about the Reality Tree and its growing roots. Here’s why loopers should be worried about this mysterious flora.
Fortnite players seem delighted with the frequent map changes in Chapter 3 Season 3. The Reality Tree is growing at an unprecedented rate and this is a matter of concern for the residents of the island.
Despite being a Battle Royale title, Fortnite maintains an overly-complicated storyline that includes characters from Marvel, DC, Star Wars, and whatnot. Basically, the Zero Point controls everything, and keeping it stable is the key to normalcy.
Loopers just witnessed a nerve-wracking war between the Imagined Order and The Seven in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2. The current season might have a Vibin’ theme, but from the looks of it, the party will soon come to an end.
The Scientist expresses concerns regarding Reality Tree in Fortnite Vibin’ quests
Fortnite v21.10 introduced a bunch of Vibin’ quests in which players help The Scientist in studying the Reality Tree. The member of The Seven is terrified about the Zero Point being exposed. Accordingly, he’s trying to warn us that the new flora on the island is a major threat to reality.
Some NPCs (non-playable characters) on the island have similar thoughts:
- Kyle– You were right. Some of these trees…I’ve never seen em’ before.
- Haven when she talks to The Foundation- Something’s not right.
- Haven when she talks to The Scientist- Whatever experiments you’re doing, run them faster. We’re in trouble.
- The Origin when he interacts with The Imagined- Any activity on the perimeter? Stay vigilant
- The Order when she talks to The Origin- Any news? Are we in the clear?
- The Scientist when he is visited by The Origin- Our next threat won’t be flying in on an airship.
- The Scientist when he interacts with The Paradigm- These calculations aren’t looking good.
- The Paradigm when she is visited by The Scientist- If you’re saying something’s up, I believe you.
It is evident that members of The Seven have discovered something unusual. Even though they’ve successfully eradicated the Imagined Order (for how long, though?), a new threat has emerged in the form of the Reality Tree.
Who controls the Reality Tree in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3?
Fan theories suggest that a character named Bloomwatcher (a name given and widely accepted by the community) is controlling Reality Tree. She appeared in this season’s story trailer for a second, and one of the skin surveys teased her as well.
The Reality Tree and the brand-new mushroom-themed biome are hoaxes. Loopers are misled to think that they’ve finally achieved freedom, as the growth of Reality roots is causing unusual events.
The Reality Tree’s spread is similar to the island’s contamination by the cubes in Chapter 2 Season 8. Leaks have suggested that in the upcoming weeks, the roots will reach Temple Bloom, Condo Canyon, Daily Bugle, and other prominent locations.
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At the same time, Darth Vader is roaming in his shuttle to restore a relic that accidentally reached the island. Loopers can expect more clarity about these storyline developments with the v21.20 update on July 5, 2022.
Subway Surfers officially reacts to crazy Fortnite collab concept
A handful of notable franchises are yet to collaborate with Fortnite including Subway Surfers. Here’s why this could finally happen.
Fortnite players love coming up with concepts, especially related to crossovers. A Subway Surfers concept went viral recently and it was good enough to catch the attention of the developers.
It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that Subway Surfers is one of the most ground-breaking games in history. It popularized the endless runner genre and has been downloaded by literally billions of players.
Crossovers now define Fortnite, and here’s why a collaboration with Subway Surfers could be closer than ever.
Subway Surfers’ concept imagines Tricky as a Fortnite skin
Subway Surfers has introduced a wide range of characters since its launch, and fans love them all for unique reasons. As it turns out, Fortnite artist Anhel admires Tricky and accordingly, he turned her into a skin.
Anhel’s Fortnite x Subway Surfers bundle included these items:
- Tricky’s outfit
- Subway Surfers spray
- 1500 V-Bucks
- Subway Surfers’ Jetpack back bling
- Subway Surfers’ theme song album
To be fair, this is a flawless bundle for any Subway Surfers fan. The mobile game has many elements that can be incorporated into Fortnite, and an official crossover is almost guaranteed to be a massive hit.
Subway Surfers’ official Twitter account reacted to the aforementioned concept and even tagged Fortnite asking about a collaboration. Naturally, this was enough to ignite the hopes of countless fans who love both franchises.
Subway Surfers’ policeman catches Jake with Fortnite’s builds in fan-made clip
It is evident that the Fortnite community is eagerly awaiting a Subway Surfers’ collab. Popular modder Brux uploaded a clip on YouTube that perfectly blended both the games and it already has over 250k views.
Brux somehow gave the policeman building and editing abilities who then used them to catch Jake within 10 seconds. To say the least, it was the perfect representation of a Fortnite sweat.
Brux is clearly one of the most talented modders out there. It is safe to assume that such content will become more common with Creative 2.0 which should be available before 2023.
Now that Subway Surfers has officially reacted to concepts, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the collaboration with Fortnite takes place soon. As of now, the Fall Guys collaboration has been leaked and loopers can look forward to completing Crown Clash challenges for free rewards.
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