After Epic Games once again reiterated that they would not remove the BRUTE mech, pro players and other influencers took social media to share their outrage.
The B.R.U.T.E. is an overpowered, easy to use vehicle, period. Everyone knows this and understands this inherently after playing just a few matches in Season X. However, there’s one group of people who seemingly don’t understand this and that’s Epic Games.
They’ve once again decided to release a statement defending the mech and their decisions to the put it in the game. The blog post’s statistics remind us of the time Epic tried convince the community that the siphon wasn’t a popular mechanic.
Community influencers response to BRUTE statement
Epic Games might think that they are going to weather the storm of criticism, but it may not be so easy this time around. In a united front, influencers from both the casual and competitive communities quickly began to mock the BRUTE post.
Let’s start with MrMuselk because he makes an amazing point that can’t be echoed enough throughout the community.
Getting your first win is awesome. Not wrong.— Muselk (@MrMuselk) August 15, 2019
But what MAKES your first win awesome is the struggle it takes to get there.
Not just spamming missiles while hiding inside a 1000 HP robot.
Yes, yes, and yes! Epic Games described the BRUTE mech as a way to let anyone be able to get a Victory Royale. However, that’s not the point of the game! The point of competitive multiplayer games is to create an experience in which only the best in the lobby can win. Truly spot-on tweet!
WizKay, a professional player, echoed the same sentiment and challenged the assumption that Fortnite could be classified as an esport.
How can you refer to your game as “competitive” or an “esport” when you are openly admitting you are putting overpowered things in the game to help worse players get better.. any sort of competition (sports, video games etc) should require grinding and hard work to improve.— WizKay (@WizKayTV) August 15, 2019
TSM Myth decided to come at the post from a different angle. As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, Epic Games needs to be careful with the trend they are setting. Constantly adding things into the game to keep it “fresh” has led to the game being completely unrecognizable when compared to Season 3.
I dont even know what to say about the most recent post EPIC made.— Myth (@TSM_Myth) August 15, 2019
I dont want items in the game just for the sake of keeping things “fresh”. I’m not a game dev, but I’m not sure if turning out content that’s unproductive is a good plan for the long term. 😕
Wildcat left a reply for Myth, agreeing partially while sharing his experience with Season X gameplay.
The mech isn’t keeping things fresh. It’s making the game more stale. I either HAVE to have a mech of my own, or HAVE to have boogie bombs or mobility. It’s lame. Every game revolves around making sure you’re prepared to fight a mech, or have a mech of your own. I’m bored already— Tyler | Code WILDCAT (@I_AM_WILDCAT) August 15, 2019
Retired pro player, Parallax, wanted to give his two cents on the topic as well. As Epic veers away from fair gameplay and introduces ‘noob-friendly’ mechanics, more pros may decide to quite the competitive scene. Many of these esports competitors may even move on to other titles.
Somehow, Epic Games thinks that mechanics easy enough for a new player to use have a place at the top tier of play.
Now you understand why I retired from compeititve play. This is not how you describe an esport.— Parallax (@Parallax_) August 15, 2019
I’m glad that I decided to take a step back from comp and focus on content and being more happy. It’s already working and just reading this stressed me out, and I don’t even play. https://t.co/zNbNUNicqW
Timthetatman took a simpler approach and just wanted to express his sorrow. The streamer loves the game dearly and seeing his favorite experience in years crumble before his eyes makes him upset. We share his disbelief at the decisions made by Epic in the past few weeks.
I love @FortniteGame but these choices with the mech boggle my mind. Hope that some balance is found soon… hard to enjoy the game at the moment.— timthetatman (@timthetatman) August 15, 2019
Svennoss also shared his opinion and pointed out Epic’s hypocrisy. The studio said that they would focus on creating a better and fairer competitive scene. Many months later and the game is at it’s most casual state since launch.
I believe I remember Fortnite devs talking about making the comp scene a better environment & improve anything regarding this scene.— Svennoss (@Svenosss) August 15, 2019
Now they want to “bring players of all skill levels together to have a fun experience where anyone can win”
What happened to all this🤯
In the replies to his own tweet, Svennoss pointed out another similar Epic Games failure. Before Fortnite, there are the upcoming third-person MOBA called Paragon. The game was quite promising with excellent graphics, unique mechanics, and snappy gameplay. However, it was utterly destroyed by horrible gameplay changes and constant mechanical overhauls.
We truly hope that Fortnite doesn’t go the way of Paragon and don’t see this as a real possibility due to the fanbase being much larger.
With that said, negative opinions towards games tend to have a snowball effect. They might start gradually at the top of the metaphorical mountain, but they turn into unstoppable avalanches as players fan out to find out games to play. Please, Epic Games listen to your fans and work to make this right.