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.
Leaked Fortnite 14.40 skins & cosmetic items
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.
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.
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.
Fortnite 14.40 patch notes: Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge
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.
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.
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.
- Honey Hitters Pickaxe disabled.
- 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.
- 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.
- Vehicle buttons missing.
- Black textures on foil variants on Nintendo Switch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Audio of Last Forever Emote playing even with licensed audio muted.
- Placing a map marker cancels movement.
- 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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