Epic released a full statement on the current situation with the BRUTE. As you may expect, it's not going anywhere.
Epic has been relatively tight-lipped about the BRUTE in Fortnite despite the outcry. Until last night, all we had from Epic was a short Reddit post outlining the new laser attachment and a statement promising to limit the number of mech spawns in Arena mode.
On August 15, though, Epic released a blog that went into detail about the BRUTE in Fortnite. They've seen our #RemoveTheMech cries, and are finally responding.
Will they cave to the pressure from the Fortnite community? Nope.
Fortnite Philosophy Update.— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) August 15, 2019
Read Here: https://t.co/cfYThy1An4
In the blog, the Fortnite team stated that they want to "bring players of all skill levels together to have a fun experience where anyone can win." In essence, they want bad players to get more wins.
Since the implementation of the BRUTE, Epic has seen "players who had previously struggled with getting eliminations acquiring more, while the number of eliminations earned by more experienced players remained steady."
The post went on to detail some of the statistics Epic has on the BRUTE, which don't paint a true picture of the in-game experience.
The above graph shows the BRUTE eliminations per game in each game mode. This and another "Percent of BRUTE Eliminations" graph make it seem like the BRUTE is nothing but another weapon in the game, but that's far from the case.
The mech allows you to farm to 3,000 materials quickly and with no risk. You don't even have to loot if you have a BRUTE. Other players are loot piñatas, and you can get anything you need from them.
So, a player in a BRUTE might only get a handful of kills, but they're coming away with everything they need to win the game.
Unskilled players aren't the only people using the BRUTE. A skilled team with full health, full materials, and great loot can easily win a game once their mech gets destroyed.
The fact that the mech is available in "competitive" Fortnite is laughable. Okay, Epic wants everyone to be able to win. Shouldn't they have the opposite philosophy in Arena mode? Should the World Cup champion be unable to compete against a bad player in a mech?
Going up against a BRUTE is just plain disheartening.
You know that feeling of squad-wiping a team after your friends have died? That's what keeps us coming back to Fortnite. Epic is ruining this so little kids on their iPad can get their first win.
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