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Epic: Fortnite's mech was added to help casuals get more kills

Published: 09:53, 16 August 2019
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Epic Games have acknowledged the backlash from players over the new BRUTE mechs. Epic say that they understand the players' frustrations but still don't have any plans to remove the overpowered mechs, that have been added to help casuals.

Earlier this month, Epic Games introduced Season 10 to their mega-popular title Fortnite. Traditionally, each season brings a ton of new content and Season 10 is no different.

One of the biggest additions is the new vehicle - B.R.U.T.E mech - which packs powerful rocket launchers that can obliterate everything in their path. Mechs can even wreck players with their stomp ability, which in combination with rocket launchers, makes them almost unstoppable.

Since the introduction of these mechs, players have been voicing their discontent on Reddit and Social Media and some of the biggest gaming esports organisations like Cloud9, Team Liquid NRG and T1 joined the protest with "remove the mechs from tournaments" messages on their official Twitter profiles.

Epic Games removed the mechs from competitive modes but the overpowered vehicles still remain in normal modes. In their latest blog post, Epic said that while they understand the players' frustrations, they still don't have any plans to remove mechs from the game. The publisher explained that mechs have been introduced to help casual players get some eliminations and wins. 

"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," it's written in the blog post.

Epic say that B.R.U.T.E encounters should feel like a unique engagement and not be the dominant experience during a game. That's why they made some adjustments to spawn rates of mechs in the Arena to reduce late-game encounters.

The publisher are quite happy with mechs at the moment and there are no big changes are imminent. However, they have teased new content that will "shake up the gameplay" in new ways, suggesting at a potential countermeasure to mechs. 

Epic Games fortnite artwork showing a mech from season 10 Fortnite - Season X

You can read Epic's response on the official blog .

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