We previously reported on the issue with Epic Games and their flagship title Fortnite and how things were almost seemingly running out of control with Season X and the B.R.U.T.E. After intense pressure from fans, the player base and popular streamers, Epic has finally scaled back the importance and the power of the newly-introduced Mech.
The mech has a decreased maximum number of rockets that can be fired in a single charge from 10 to 6 and also has a reduced fire rate of the rockets by 56%. The B.R.U.T.E. will no longer grant materials to the driver and passenger while stomping and dashing through the environment, and they have also reverted the explosion radius of the mech back to it’s original range, something which is a buff, but given the other changes, sure to balance it a little better.
The dash cooldown has been increased, the velocity gained from boosting in the air was decreased and they had adjusted the variability of spawn rates for the different storm phases in the core modes.
Players were saying that Epic had gone too far with the introduction, saying that it was an obvious example of giving newer players and novices more of a chance to win the games. Initially, Epic said that the B.R.U.T.E is a significant component of Season X and that we had heard reports that it was going to required for virtually every single challenge going forward and could surface in the near future. It also said that the mech could have transformed itself into a bigger component of the game too. But it seems that Epic has listened to their players… At least somewhat.
The popular Fortnite streamer, Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney has taken to Twitch, even after the changes, criticizing the developer, and also the game, saying that its not quite what it used to be and the game is in fact, “dying”. Tenney has nearly 7 million followers on Twitch and, since Ninja took all his business to Microsoft’s streaming platform, is seen as one of the community voices.
Incidentally, a lot of the backlash to the game and the developers started when Season X was launched alongside the mech. People were complaining that Epic was out of touch with its gamers and needed to get things in order to carry on having the game maintain the top of the esports list.
Benjy ‘benjyfishy’ David Fish took to Twitter after the update, shouting encouragement to other players after the mech was nerfed. The obvious reasoning for a lot of players to take a step back from Fortnite was just how much of an advantage the mech would give them. There were way too many of them across each game, with random spawns, meaning that it couldn’t be planned for, avoided or counted on, and requires no aim to actually shoot from the mech. With such a huge addition to a game like Fortnite, some players had said that it was impossible to counter at times.