Fortnite sustains its incomprehensibly high popularity by constantly giving its players tons of shiny new toys to play with. Even if Epic Games has to exploit its employees into dust there will be a new season just around the corner so millions of kids keep spending money in this “free” battle royale game.
But the content in the latest season, Season X, has been a bit more controversial than usual thanks to the B.R.U.T.E. mech suit. And after days of fan outcry, Epic is telling players that the robot is here to stay.
The B.R.U.T.E. is a giant robot suit that takes two players to control properly. One player operates the legs while the other aims and fires the guns. When using it solo, you have to swap between these two functions, limiting your effectiveness. When it works though it’s by far the most powerful thing in the game with tons of armor, a stomp attack, and heat-seeking missiles. It owns.
However, a decent size of the massive Fortnite playerbase wants the gave to revolve around pure skill, especially since you can now win substantial amounts of money by being good at Fortnite. They weren’t pleased when Epic added the powerful Infinity Blade to the game, and the B.R.U.T.E. is like the Infinity Blade on steroids. So ever since its introduction, many have called for the technological behemoth to be removed from the game.
While Epic has toned down the frequency at which the mech spawns, after observing play all month, it seems the infamous item is here to stay. At least for the rest of the season. The team explained the rationale on the Fortnite site. Basically, as the skill gap between players only gets wider, Epic wants the game to still be fun for beginners. And killing a bunch of folks in a huge honkin’ robot sounds pretty funny.
I get it, balancing your competitive esport while keeping it a good-time party game for everyone else is tough. Let me tell you about a little game called Super Smash Bros. But for more on Fortnite watch us get coached by Gamer Sensei and check out these Fortnite-themed Nerf blasters.