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.
Atlantis arrives in Fortnite with new Coral Castle POI: all map changes
The leaked Atlantis location in Fortnite is now finally available in-game, but with a slight twist – it’s actually called ‘Coral Castle.’
The latest round of map changes have been revealed thanks to the ever-lowering water-level decreasing once again, unveiling some previously submerged areas.
Over the last few weeks, this has unveiled locations such as Risky Reels and Dirty Docks, but players have been left waiting for the Atlantis area.
It was initially leaked early in the season, after Aquaman himself was added to the game as a skin, and seemed like it was only a matter of time until Atlantis would be explorable.
New Coral Castle POI
The new area has replaced the whirpool that was previously covering it, with ‘Coral Castle’ now in it’s place.
Landing here should ensure some great loot opportunities, with plenty of chests to be raided. However, with it being brand new, it might be very busy for the next couple of days at least.
More map changes
There’s more than just Atlantis (Coral Castle). The Fortilla has “completely changed orientation”, simply turned around by 90 degrees, but is the same otherwise.
You can see the transition of the water level from FNBRHQ:
Slurpy Swamp is also back, now free of the water on top of it, although of course, it’s still very wet on the ground here.
With this update, the water is now back to the proper level, which means the map is well-suited for the long-awaited cars to make their appearance.
When will the Fortnite Season 3 map stop draining?
When will the great flood end? When will the Fortnite Season 3 map reach its final stage? When will Atlantis be revealed?
When Fortnite Season 3 began, the bulk of the map was underwater. That was the primary gimmick of the season, along with Aquaman, the new locations, and new bosses. Overall, it was a unique idea that we’ve never seen in Fortnite before. Many fans were worried about what this would mean for the game, but it ended up being pretty fun.
Since then, the map has gone through several drying-out periods – the most recent of which was today, July 30. We’ve seen POIs such as Dirty Docks, Pleasant Park, Sweaty Sands, and Craggy Cliffs lose all of their water and return to how they were during Season 2 – with some slight adjustments.
At the time of writing, Season 3 is slated to end on August 27 – about one month from today. We may see the season extended for a week or two, but all players are hoping that we don’t have another Chapter 2 Seasons 1 and 2 on our hands.
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With so much time left on the clock, many fans are wondering: when will the Season 3 map reach its final stage? Well, according to the information that we have now, the water will reach its final level on August 1. This is also, reportedly, when the ‘Ruins’ POI (assumed to be Atlantis) will enter the game.
We can assume, then, that we’ll be playing on this version of the map for the final month of the season. Will cars enter the game on August 1? We can only hope – although the message from No Sweat Insurance would suggest otherwise.
Hopefully, Epic have something up their sleeves for the final month of the season. With most players nearing level 100 at this point, we’ll need something new to fill our time. We’re holding out hope that cars are coming to Fortnite sooner rather than later.
Fortnite v13.30 Update patch notes
Fortnite’s 13.30 Update brings a new location, and some major bug fixes.
Epic Games are back with their latest major patch for Fortnite, with the 13.30 update dropping on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices on Tuesday, July 21, bringing with it some major map changes and new LTMS for the Summer Splash event.
We all know that water is the name of the game in “Sea-son 3” of Fortnite Chapter 2, with the entire map submerged. Over the past few weeks though, the tide has started to roll out, revealing new locations as dry land reappears.
With the 13.30 Update, the water has went down once again, as the Summer Splash event continues, offering fans more LTMs to sink their teeth into.
The big news in Fortnite’s 13.30 Update are the brand-new Gas Stations, which have been added in preparation for the addition of Cars at some point in the near future.
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The locations have received a modern new look, with players likely required to head here to fill up their cars when they run out of juice, so they can continue driving around the map in search of a victory royale.
Summer Splash LTMs
Fortnite’s Summer Splash event is well underway, with Epic adding some more limited-time modes for players to enjoy in the latest update.
In an email sent to content creators, Epic confirmed that Payback!, Catch!, and One Shot would be making appearances over the coming weeks, although didn’t confirm what these game modes would actually entail.
Many expected that this update would finally see Cars appear in the game, ready for players to drive around and enoy, but unfortunately they have been delwayed, with Epic explaining that “many of the Island’s vehicles have been recalled.”
The reason behind the delay has yet to be confirmed, but it’s likely that the developers found some issues before setting them live, and have decided to hold back on their release until they have been addressed.
Fortnite 13.30 Update bug fixes
As per usual, the Fortnite team has also added a number of bugs and issues to their official Trello board, including fixes for Gliders, disabling Whirlpools, and other fixes.
Here is the full list of bug changes in the Fortnite 13.30 Update:
- Inability to edit floors and roofs at certain angles.
- ‘Lock Input Method as Mouse’ does not lock the input method.
- Mouse cursor appearing on PC when playing with controller.
- Party Assist Update
- Whirlpools temporarily disabled.
- Placing a map maker cancels movement.
- Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
- XP gain from Foraged Items temporarily disabled.
- “Land at Frenzy Farm/The Yacht and finish Top 25” not counting in Duos/Squads.
- Slow Glider speed after redeploying in certain situations.
- XP bar can be visually incorrect while in a match. Incorrect leveling-up.
- Ocean’s Bottomless Chug Jug unable to be picked up while recharging if dropped by another player.
- Supply Drops at The Authority not opening when searched.
- Floating Rings not visible on platforms on lower settings.
- Black rectangles appearing behind player when turning around in the Storm.
- Gliding not working properly in The Authority.
- Consumable items don’t stay in Item Spawn Pads in Creative on mobile.
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