Epic has given a sneak-peek into one of the big changes to the B.R.U.T.E. coming in this week’s Fortnite patch v10.10. But will it help?
Epic doesn’t typically provide patch notes for Fortnite updates until the day of release, but with the Season X competitive season approaching, the developer had the opportunity to address one of the biggest gameplay concerns right now: the B.R.U.T.E.
Introduced this season, the B.R.U.T.E. is a giant mech that has completely thrown off the balance of Fortnite. While the two-person vehicle is fun to use, it’s incredibly overpowered right now. I don’t see how Epic Games can begin a competitive season of Fortnite with the B.R.U.T.E. in its current state.
Epic is aware of the player response to the B.R.U.T.E. and acknowledged they are “monitoring the impact” of it in gameplay. They are also “investigating ways to enhance combat feedback when interacting with the vehicle.”
With that said, one of the major issues when facing the B.R.U.T.E. is that it’s difficult to tell when you’re about to get hammered with missiles. It’s difficult to judge if it’s aiming at you or how long you have until the barrage begins. In their latest post, Epic explained how they will address this in the upcoming Fortnite patch.
"In v10.10, we will add a targeting laser that will show the direction the B.R.U.T.E. is aiming its rockets while they are being charged. This laser will have directional audio to help indicate when it’s being pointed at you, even if you’re behind a structure."
Of course, this doesn’t solve some of the major issues, like how the B.R.U.T.E. completely negates building by simply destroying structures with one stomp. Or how there are too few weapons or items in the game that can counter its pure strength. Or how powerful its weapons are on their own.
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Unfortunately, this is the only change Epic has planned for the B.R.U.T.E. currently, the developer reiterated that the mech will remain available in the core game modes, select Limited TIme modes and in competitive Arena and Tournament play. Honestly, I can’t help but feel this is a major mistake. As I stated before, the B.R.U.T.E. has completely broken many of the mechanics that made Fortnite unique and as a result, the game seems to be suffering from an identity crisis. On the bright side, Epic did say they’ll continue to look for more areas where they can “improve combat interactions” with the B.R.U.T.E.
Typically, Epic is pretty good about recognizing when something they’ve introduced doesn’t work. Season 10 is still pretty new, so perhaps the developer thinks there’s still time to salvage their big new addition to the battle royale game.
Are you a fan of the B.R.U.T.E. in Fortnite?