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Nickmercs offers up theory on why Epic added the BRUTE in Season X

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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.

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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

Balance should come before all else in our humble opinion

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.

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When Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 ends, Season 2 start date

Here is when Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 ends and Season 2 starts. The season is off to a wild start, and it’s only going to get crazier.

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Fortnite Chapter 3 just started, and it’s going to be a long one. Here is when Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 ends and Season 2 starts.

Fortnite Chapter 2 ended with The Island flipping over revealing an entirely new map. This marked the start of Fortnite Chapter 3 which also took players back to Season 1.

With a new Chapter, there is plenty for players to discover. On top of a new map there are new weapons, mechanics, and more. This also means that Chapter 3 Season 1 is going to be a long one.

Whether you love or hate the new season, you might be wondering when the next one will start.

When Does Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 End?

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Fortnite Season 1 will end on March 22, 2022. This means the first season of the new chapter will last for more than 100 days.

There is a chance that Chapter 3 Season 1 could end on March 19 as an in-game timer indicates this as the season’s end date. Regardless, this season is going to be a long one.

When Does Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 Start?

New Fortnite seasons usually start within 24 hours after the previous one ends. Players can expect Chapter 3 Season 2 to start on March 23.

That being said, there’s always a chance that Season 2 gets delayed. A series of delays happened at the start of Chapter 2 which caused Season 1 to stretch far beyond its original end date.

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Is There a Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 Live Event?

As of now, we don’t know. We likely won’t have this information until the final weeks of Season 1.

However, we will keep this article updated as more information is provided.

What Season is Fortnite on?

Fortnite is currently in Chapter 3 Season 1. This is the first season of the third chapter which started after Chapter 2 Season 8. While most players refer to this season as “Season 1”, it’s technically Season 19.

There were 10 seasons in Chapter 1 and 8 seasons in Chapter 2.

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For now, that’s everything we know about Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1. This chapter will likely span the next year or so and will be filled with exciting events.

We will keep you updated on when Fortnite Season 2 starts. For more Fortnite, check out the best controller settings for Chapter 3 and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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Best Controller settings for Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1

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If you’re looking to take your game to the next level, then you need to make sure you have the best controller settings for Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1.

To be on top of your game, you need the best Fortnite settings. The default settings Fortnite starts players with won’t cut it. In order to maximize performance, you need to optimize every setting.

Approaching Fortnite’s settings menu alone can be daunting. There’s plenty of options to choose from which can get confusing. But we are here to show you the best Controller settings for Fortnite Chapter 3.

Best Fortnite Controller Settings

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Fortnite Game Settings Tab

The “Game” Settings tab is the second tab in the settings menu. It is indicated by a cogwheel.

Movement

  • Toggle Sprint – Off
  • Sprint By Default – On
  • Sprint Cancels Reloading – Off
  • Auto Open Doors – Off

Combat

  • Hold to Swap Pickup – Off
  • Toggle Targeting – Off
  • Mark Dnager when Targeting – On
  • Auto Pick Up Weapons – Off
  • Preffered Item Slots – Personal Preference
  • Auto Sort Consumables to RIght – Off

Building

  • Reset Building Choice – Off
  • Disable Pre-Edit Option – Off
  • Turbo Buidling – On
  • Confirm Edit on Release – On

Tutorial

  • Contectual Tips – On

Extra Game Options

Tap to Search/Interact – On

Fortnite Controller Options Tab

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You don’t need to worry about the two tabs in-between “Game” and “Controller Options”. The controller settings are indicated by a controller icon.

Input

  • Controller Auto-Run – On
  • Buil Immediately (Builder Pro) – On
  • Edit Hold Time – 0.100 Sec
  • Vibration – Off

Sensitivity

  • Build Mode Sensitivity Multiplier – 1.6x
  • Edit Mode Sensitivity Multiplier – 1.7x
  • Use Advanced Options – On

Advanced Look Sensitivity

  • Look Horizontal Speed – 50%
  • Look Vertical Speed – 60%
  • Turning Horizontal Boost – 0%
  • Turning Vertical Boost – 0%
  • Boost Ramp Time – 0%
  • Instant Boost When Building – On

Advanced ADS Sensitivity

  • ADS Look Horizontal Speed – 17%
  • Look Vertical Speed – 17%
  • ADS Turning Horizontal Boost – 0%
  • Turning Vertical Boost – 0%
  • ADS Turning Boost Ramp Time – 0%

Advanced Sensitivity

  • Look Dampening Time – 0.20 Seconds
  • Look Input Curve – Exponential
  • Aim Assist Strength – 100%

Controller Deadzone

  • Left Stick – 6%
  • Right Stick 6%

Adaptive Trigger (PS5 Only)

  • Enable Adaptive Trigger – Off
  • Use Effect For Press – Off

Button Layout Tab

The Button Layout Tab is the last tab you will need to fiddle with, and there isn’t much to it. Set your controller configuration to Builder Pro. You won’t need to change any of the buttons unless you personally prefer otherwise.

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And that’s everything you need to change to have the best Fortnite controller settings. They will take some getting used to at first, but the increased sensitivity will definitely improve your reaction time.

For more Fortnite, check out how to use the Visualize Sound Effects setting, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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Fortnite x Naruto Skin: release date, price, and new Mythic Weapon

Naruto is coming to Fortnite soon in the form of a skin and a boss NPC. Check out when the collab is taking place, and what it includes.

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Fans have been begging Fortnite for a Naruto skin collab for the past several months. Thanks to dataminers, we know when Naruto will be coming to Fortnite.

Naruto is one of the most popular anime in existence. Regardless of whether you are a fan of anime, you likely know or have heard of Naruto Uzumaki. And it seems that the Seventh Hokage may be coming to Fortnite.

It only makes sense that one of the most-popular anime would crossover with one of the most popular video games. And it’s a crossover that Fortnite fans have been begging for. But when is the crossover going to take place?

Ever since it was revealed through court documents that Fortnite had been planning a Naruto collab, players have been anticipating his release. Now, it seems that Fortnite is going to release the long-awaited Naruto skins in less than a month.

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Naruto X Fortnite Release Date confirmed

Epic Games has officially announced the Fortnite x Naruto crossover. In a tweet from the official Fortnite Twitter, an image states that Naruto will be coming to The Island on November 16, 2021.

Naruto Skin price list

The Naruto skins have officially been added to Fortnite, and here is how much players will have to spend to buy each one.

  • Naruto Uzumaki – 1,500 V-Bucks
  • Sasuke Uchiha – 1,500 V-Bucks
  • Sakura Haruno – 1,500 V-Bucks
  • Kakashi Hatake – 1,500 V-Bucks

However, you can also purchase bundles to get each skin at a discount:

  • Naruto & Kakashi Bundle – 2,100 V-Bucks
  • Sasuke & Sakura Bundle – 2,200 V-Bucks
  • Shinobi Gear Bundle – 1,500 V-Bucks

There are also pickaxes, gliders, and emotes up for grabs:

  • Kurama Glider – 1,200 V-Bucks
  • Summoning Justsu – 300 V-Bucks
  • Ramen Break – 300 V-Bucks
  • Kunai Pickaxe – 500 V-Bucks
  • Hidan Scythe – 800 V-Bucks
  • Black Ops Sword – 500 V-Bucks

Naruto Cosmetics revealed via promos

While Epic Games hasn’t posted the skins, we now know which Naruto characters are coming to Fortnite and what they look like. Promo images have been leaked showing all four characters in the collab.

These characters include Naruto, Sasuke, Kakashi, and Sakura. Each character also comes with a Back Bling, and there will likely be more purchasable cosmetics in the collab.

Leaker details new Mythic Shuriken and Creative Hub

HYPEX is one of the most popular Fortnite Dataminers, and this is because they are a very credible source of information. Hopefully, that remains true, as HYPEX has tweeted that Naruto will be added on November 16th.

He also claims that Naruto will come with a Hidden Leaf Village Creative Hub. The skins and hub are planned to release on November 16th at 2 PM UTC/ 9 AM ET. We have also seen various Naruto assets leaked by HYPEX.

These assets include a Mythic explosive shuriken, a Naruto boss NPC, and a ramen bowl identical to the one in the show. As well, HYPEX has found two encrypted skins in the files that are believed to be a part of the collab named “HeadbandK” and “HeadbandS”.

As of right now, that’s all we know about the Naruto x Fortnite collab. If what HYPEX says is true, the Naruto skin will be in Fortnite very soon. And when that happens, we will update this story with the price, release date, and Mythic Weapon info.

For more Fortnite, check out how to refund cosmetic items for V-Bucks, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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