Since the start of Season X, Epic Games’ battle royale has been widely criticized for the implementation of BRUTE Mechs. Many members of the community have argued that they are overpowered and do not have sufficient counters.
On August 15, Epic Games provided an update regarding their ‘Fortnite Philosophy’. The update essentially explained that they are trying to create a gaming environment in which anyone can achieve a victory royale. While BRUTEs are unbalanced, they provide an opportunity for less skilled players to be successful.
On August 16, while live on Twitch, TSM Fortnite streamer Myth criticized the developers for their update.
“You gotta dumb yourself down,” he said. “You gotta say ‘hey, I don’t give a fuck’. I don’t care. The game is shit right now. I don’t care if Epic won’t change it, because they’re so data driven, without actually applying any context to their data.”
As part of their update, Epic provided a number of graphs reflecting the fairly small percentage of eliminations BRUTEs are responsible for.
What Myth seems to be saying is that, while BRUTEs may only be responsible for a small portion of eliminations per game, the manner of these eliminations is what makes the Mechs so unfair.
Plenty of clips have emerged showing players eliminated in a flurry of missiles, in encounters where they had no chance of survival.
In a second clip, Myth expands on his criticism, mocking the developers. “Only 6% are getting eliminated through Mechs, statistically speaking we’re gonna keep them in the game and go fuck yourself.”
Many have argued that Epic are punishing players who have taken the time to improve their Fortnite skills, and are rewarding lesser skilled players, simply to encourage them to continue playing.
While community criticism rumbles on about the BRUTEs, Epic seem to be standing firm on their ‘philosophies’, regardless of players' feelings.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the BRUTEs are going anywhere.