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Epic Games explain why Fortnite’s BRUTE Mechs are here to stay

Published: 15/Aug/2019 22:08 Updated: 15/Aug/2019 23:11

by Alan Bernal


Fortnite’s overall goal for providing people a fun way to play, meaning it might not be leaving the island.

The BRUTE was introduced with Fortnite’s 10.00 patch on August 1. While it’s provided loads of entertainment for all kinds of players, the more competitive portion of the community have been slamming the developers since integrating it to the game.

Now the devs have given their side of the hot-button issue and explained what they originally had in mind when adding the BRUTEs. Even though there’s a lot of player frustrations, it actually looks like the mechs are actually performing their intended jobs well.

Epic GamesEpic Games are standing their ground amid heavy backlash from the Fortnite community.

In their statement, Epic Games said that the mechs were originally conceived to “provide spectacle and entertainment when playing Fortnite.”

Even as the BRUTEs caused a popular Twitter trend with players calling to #RemoveTheMech from Fortnite, Epic Games has doubled down on their decision to keep the destructive vehicle on the battle royale island for now.

There’s a lot of concern for the effects that the BRUTEs will have to the esport side of Fortnite. Though it seems the decision was largely to facilitate the entertainment value for the more casual Fortnite audiences.

“The B.R.U.T.E. was added at the start of Season X with this mission in mind,” Epic Games said. “Since then, we have seen players who had previously struggled with getting eliminations acquiring more, while the number of eliminations earned by more experienced players remained steady.”

Epic Games even gave players a peek inside the number of BRUTE eliminations that players have been racking up since it launched.

Epic GamesEpic Games finally addressed what they’re planning with the BRUTEs.

While the mechs can be a handful to deal with, the devs said they’re “happy” with how the community has been utilizing the machines.

The statistics provided show that while there’s a lot of backlash toward the BRUTEs, they’re averaging under eight eliminations per game across all modes.

Even though the mechs can get easy kills, Epic Games are focusing instead on the relative impact they have on a particular game.

For the full Epic Games statement on the mechs, check out their full statement below.



By The Fortnite Team

Heya folks,

We’ve heard the frequent discussions (#RemoveTheMech) about the B.R.U.T.E., and decided this would be a good opportunity to explain the Fortnite philosophy. The mission of Fortnite is to bring players of all skill levels together to have a fun experience where anyone can win. For example – everyone having a shot at that first elimination or Victory Royale moment and the satisfying feeling that comes with it. Right now, we know there are players out there who have never had that opportunity.

Another part of the mission is to provide spectacle and entertainment when playing Fortnite. Bringing these moments to the game every week means there is always a new way to enjoy and experience the game.

The B.R.U.T.E. was added at the start of Season X with this mission in mind. Since then, we have seen players who had previously struggled with getting eliminations acquiring more, while the number of eliminations earned by more experienced players remained steady.

B.R.U.T.E. encounters should feel like a unique engagement and not be the dominant experience during a game. We made adjustments to the B.R.U.T.E within Arena, in line with that goal. Specifically for Arena we made the change to spawn rate in order to reduce late-game encounters. This is due to a higher number of players surviving to those circles compared to non-Arena modes. We’re happy with the results and the below graphs represent the current state of B.R.U.T.E. eliminations across both Arena and core modes.


Above you’ll see the average number of all B.R.U.T.E. eliminations per game in each mode (Solos, Duos, Squads, Team Rumble, Arena Solos, Arena Trios).


Above you’ll see the percent of all B.R.U.T.E. eliminations per game in each game mode (Solos, Duos, Squads, Team Rumble, Arena Solos, Arena Trios).

We regularly have and will continue to release content that shakes up gameplay in Fortnite in unexpected ways. And we’re committed to providing a constantly evolving, entertaining and fun experience to all players.

-The Fortnite Team


Ali-A uncovers teasers for future Fortnite skins: Matrix, Witcher, Ant-Man & more

Published: 22/Jan/2021 17:13

by Daniel Megarry


YouTuber and longtime Fortnite superfan Alastair ‘Ali-A’ Aiken has discovered big clues for more crossover skins that could be coming soon to the game.

Season 5 of Fortnite kicked off with a bang as The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda arrived on The Island. Since then, we’ve seen God of War’s Kratos, Halo’s Master Chief, The Walking Dead’s Daryl and Michonne, and even Predator get their own skins.

So who’s coming next? Well, Ali-A has some ideas based on a hint list that was sent to him by Fortnite creators Epic Games themselves, and it seems as though more epic movie crossovers are on their way.

The Matrix 4
Warner Bros.
Could Neo or Trinity from The Matrix be coming to Fortnite?

What new skins are coming in Fortnite Season 5?

In a new video celebrating the arrival of Terminator, Ali-A also revisited a list of items that he’d been sent by Epic Games, with each item acting as a teaser for a ‘hunter’ that would be coming to the game at some point during Season 5.

It appears that many hints on the list have already been discovered: The cup is The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda; the sunglasses are Terminator; the face paint is Kratos; the mud mask is Predator; and the syrup is Mancake, for example.

As for the remaining items on the list, there are some very interesting theories about who they could relate to, and which iconic characters could be coming to The Island next.

Ali-A explains that the Ant-Farm item is most likely a hint at Ant-Man finally joining the game, as he was given his own point of interest during Season 4’s Marvel extravaganza but was never added as a character.

The red and blue jellybeans could be a hint towards characters from The Matrix. This will likely be either Neo or Trinity, as they’re both set to return in the upcoming sequel Matrix 4 that’s due out later in 2021.

Tokens also appear as an item on the list, and Ali-A believes this is a hint towards The Witcher protagonist Geralt, especially as the Netflix adaptation of the game features a song called Toss A Coin To Your Witcher.

Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher
A crossover with The Witcher could be coming to Fortnite.

A baseball bat could be a hint towards Scout from Team Fortress 2, or it could have pointed to The Walking Dead crossover that already happened. Similarly, space bananas could be a hint towards Samus Aran from Metroid, or it could have just been about Master Chief.

Elsewhere, the golden back scratcher is likely going to represent the long-rumored Female Midas skin, as it links up with the ‘Midas Touch’ myth. As for the hand wraps, even Ali-A is unsure what they could hint towards, but it could be a boxer of some sort.

We’ll have to wait and see whether any of these crossover skin predictions come true before Season 5 of Fortnite comes to an end on March 15, 2021.