Fortnite Season X’s introduction of the controversial Fortnite mechs is not going well for developer Epic Games, but the studio remains adamant that the new mechanic will not be removed.
After the new weapon/vehicle was introduced, a social media fan campaign quickly arrived. #RemoveTheMech has made waves throughout social media asking, or moreso demanding, Epic to remove mechs from the battle royale game.
The mech, known in-game as the B.R.U.T.E has been heavily criticized for being overpowered, allowing inexperienced players to gain easy wins from unsuspecting players across the map. But, as it turns out, the mech’s overpowered attributes are planned from the start.
Detailed in a blog post called Fortnite and the B.R.U.T.E, Epic detailed their reasons behind the introduction of the Fortnite mechs.
“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,” Epic said. “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.
With Fortnite having a primarily casual audience, it makes sense that Epic would introduce mechanics to make sure that inexperienced players can still get their own “Vicky Royales”. I felt the cringe writing that part.