You seriously had to be living in a completely Fortnite-free space not to have heard about the dreaded B.R.U.T.E. mechs, and Epic's social channels are filled with calls to remove them. Well, they didn't dump them, but they did nerf them.
Although Fortnite's newly added Junk Rift item made many breathe a sigh of relief, as it allowed for a bit quicker ridding of the darned mechs, although many fans think it's just an unnecessary excursion from what simply has to be done, i.e. B.R.U.T.E. mechs need to go.
It didn't help that some audio level issues resulted in the Junk Rift being removed from Arena playlists, and they'll remain disabled there and in this weekend's FNCS tournament until the 10.20 update has landed.
Nevertheless, Epic seem to be keen on keeping the mechs, and they already stated they've been added so that casual Fortnite players can get more kills.
"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", the dev wrote at the time.
Now, however, getting kills will be significantly more difficult, as the B.R.U.T.E. nerf hammer struck hard.
Fortnite's mechs now shoot 6 rockets in a single charge, down from 10, while the rate at which they're fired is down by 56 per cent.
The rockets' explosion radius is down by 42 per cent, and the mechs' dash cooldown is up from 3 to 5 seconds. The mechs' velocity from boosting while in the air is down by 33 per cent, and stomping around the environment will no longer grant materials to the driver and passenger sitting inside.
Epic explained that their goal is to make B.R.U.T.E. mech operation more challenging for Fortnite players, and introduce some tension too, the sort of which was pretty impossible when you could farm resources while sitting inside the beast.
On top of that, Fortnite's overall number of B.R.U.T.E. mechs has been slightly decreased, and same goes with its health, which is down from 1,250 to 1,000, all in order to make the mech-play a bit more strategic and challenging.
You can find the announcement on Fortnite's website.