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Fortnite’s new B.R.U.T.E mech was added so that more players could win a match, says Epic

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You’ve got your season 10 Battle Pass, a well-worn controller and an itch to hop into Fortnite for some of the ol’ battle royale sandbox with murder LEGO. Business as usual, right? Well not exactly, as the last couple of days have seen some players hit the field with a slight advantage: A gigantic mechanised war machine that allows for even the scrubbiest of players to get a few kills in.

Season 10 of Fortnite began with the unveiling of the B.R.U.T.E, and its addition has been controversial to say the least. Some Fortnite players love it because its wonderfully silly, others hate it the B.R.U.T.E because it can provide an overwhelming advantage, especially in competitive play. So what’s the point of these mechs? To give some players a leg up in competition, according to Epic.

“The mission of Fortnite is to bring players of all skill levels together to have a fun experience where anyone can win,” Epic wrote in a blog update.

Another part of the mission is to provide spectacle and entertainment when playing Fortnite. Bringing these moments to the game every week means there is always a new way to enjoy and experience the game. The B.R.U.T.E. was added at the start of Season X with this mission in mind. Since then, we have seen players who had previously struggled with getting eliminations acquiring more, while the number of eliminations earned by more experienced players remained steady.

B.R.U.T.E. encounters should feel like a unique engagement and not be the dominant experience during a game. We made adjustments to the B.R.U.T.E within Arena, in line with that goal. Specifically for Arena we made the change to spawn rate in order to reduce late-game encounters. This is due to a higher number of players surviving to those circles compared to non-Arena modes. We’re happy with the results and the below graphs represent the current state of B.R.U.T.E. eliminations across both Arena and core modes.

So what does this mean for anyone who demands to see a graph right now dammit of B.R.U.T.E engagements in two different game modes? According to graphs, the mech have racked up a larger number of kills in Duos mode while Arena Solo has had surprisingly fewer kills with the robotic beast:

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It’s a fine line then, between Fortnite’s more competitive players and those who just want to hop in for some quick giggles while engaging in some spectacle along the way. I can understand the sentiment, because even if you’re playing regularly there’s no guarantee that you’ll ever win a match thanks to hotshot players diving around the screen and instantly erecting barricades with ungodly skill and popping your head with a single shot as if it were a papaya left out in the sun.

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That, and just the mere mention of being given a chance to drive ED-209’s big brother through the face of some snotty tween halfway across the world actually makes me want to pick up Fortnite again. Mission accomplished, Epic.

Last Updated: August 16, 2019

13 Comments

  1. So they don’t want winning to be exclusive? That’s nice.

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    • Pariah

      August 16, 2019 at 09:08

      I think the losers should just build a bridge and get over it.

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  2. HvR

    August 16, 2019 at 10:29

    It Epic trying desperately to have Fortnite stay relevant while they are loosing ground against other online games. a

    Can’t not help but wonder how this is going the affect the Epic Store as the Golden Fortnite cow’s teets are running dry.

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    • SagatatiaRZA

      August 18, 2019 at 08:32

      I keep seeing people spelling it “loosing”. Way too often for it to be a typo. Did I have a stroke and miss it? Also during this stroke did I miss out on this teet running dry?

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      • HvR

        August 19, 2019 at 10:29

        It is the superior Afrikaans logic subconsciously rebelling at English language rules that does not make sense.

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  3. Magoo マグ

    August 16, 2019 at 10:58

    fun experience where anyone can win

    esports

    Pick one.

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  4. Pariah

    August 16, 2019 at 08:54

    So it’s like lockpicking in D&D. If you can’t actually do it, just BRUTE force it.

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    • Original Heretic

      August 16, 2019 at 09:01

      Bad rogue, BAD!

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      • Pariah

        August 16, 2019 at 09:01

        I typically play sorcerers or clerics, so maybe that’s why. XD “I’ll just fireball that chest. That’ll teach it to not let me in.”

        What about the loot, you ask? I DON’T CARE. THAT CHEST DESERVED IT!

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        • Original Heretic

          August 16, 2019 at 09:01

          I’m all wizard.
          Love me some magic slinging.
          Especially when I went Archmage and started shaping spells around my party members.

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          • Pariah

            August 16, 2019 at 09:08

            You book users. I just like to wing it. So what if a few companions get caught in the fray? They should’ve moved. (Chaotic Neutral btw)

          • Pariah

            August 16, 2019 at 09:15

            Now I want to play D&D. Anyone know of any good online groups?

  5. Viper_ZA

    August 16, 2019 at 09:54

    Nope, I’d rather play PUBG @ 170 latency.

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