A number of prominent Fortnite community figures have responded to the eventual nerf of BRUTE mechs in Fortnite, following weeks of community outrage.
BRUTEs were added to Fortnite at the start of August with the inception of Season 10. Despite the fact Epic clearly had hopes for them to become an integral part of the game’s meta, the community quickly denounced them as overpowered and unbalanced.
Despite the backlash, Epic stood firm on the mechs, explaining that they were conducive to lesser skilled players achieving victories. However, the backlash appears to have become too significant and, on August 22, Epic finally announced a meaningful nerf to the mechs in Fortnite.
The BRUTEs received nerfs to a number of their strongest attributes, including mobility and the number of missiles fired simultaneously. Feedback has generally been positive, but a few more cynical members of the community argue that the change has only come in as players flock to other games.
Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop has been one of the most outspoken critics of mechs in Fortnite, even quitting the $400,000 Twitch Rivals tournament in protest at the vehicle's frustrating power. He passionately responded to news of the nerf, tweeting “good riddance”.
Finally...the mechs have been nerfed.
— Jack “CouRage” Dunlop (@CouRageJD) August 22, 2019
He responded to the news with a video of him repeatedly shouting “Yes!”, in a cathartic display of emotion.
— timthetatman (@timthetatman) August 22, 2019
This was a view shared by other players, such as Liquid Chap, who is still pushing for their complete removal from Fortnite.
it shouldn't of been in the game in the FIRST PLACE MANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
— cloakzy (@cloakzy) August 22, 2019
+1 for removing Junk Rift from arena
-1 for keeping the terrible vehicle in the game
— Chap (@LiquidChap) August 22, 2019
Popular Australian YouTuber Lannan ‘Lazarbeam’ Eacott tweeted that they (Mechs) got nerfed “hard, (is) Fortnite fun again?”
Eacott was one creator who, like CouRage, had been spending increasing amounts of time on Minecraft as a result of the mechs in Fortnite.
MECHS GOT NERFED HARD
fortnite fun again?
— Lannan (@LazarBeamYT) August 22, 2019
Some more cynical users remained critical of the game, stating that the changes have only come about as creators (and players) move away from Fortnite due to the mechs.
Similarly, some suggested that the nerf has come at a time when it will disrupt other games and encourage players to return to Fortnite. For example, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Gunfight Alpha released on August 22, just hours prior to the nerf being announced.
Classic. Don’t praise epic. They know what they’re doing it took them way to fucking long. They know this, and this is on purpose
— FOUR EM TEE (@4MTBoi) August 22, 2019
While some users clearly don’t think the nerfs are enough and that they took too long to come about, others are simply grateful to see the giant robots become more balanced.
We’re sure a general consensus will emerge as players spend longer with the adjusted mechs.