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Epic finally backpedals on Fortnite's B.R.U.T.E. mech suit with dramatic nerfs

Epic Games has heard the feedback loud and clear and this afternoon the Fortnite developer announced a series of radical changes to the newly introduced B.R.U.T.E. mech suit that the game community has had an open rebellion in recent weeks. The changes usually take effect immediately, with Epic saying that players do not need to update the game at all.

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In a message titled & # 39; B.R.U.T.E. balance adjustments, ”Epic describes the substantial nerfs coming to the item, including a reduction in the number of missiles it can fire, the speed at which those missiles are fired, and the number of other powerful benefits that the range of players offered.

The mech suit first arrived in early August with the launch of FortniteThe tenth season. Unfortunately, it has caused nothing but unrest, both in the wider community and in the controversial competition scene of the game, which received worldwide attention after the successful Fortnite World Cup at the end of July in New York City. With a new tournament series, the Fortnite Champion Series, currently taking place between now and the end of September, seems Epic eager to solve the problems with the B.R.U.T.E. just as the collective indignation of players seemed to reach its peak.

  • The maximum number of rockets fired by the B.R.U.T.E. in a single charge from 10 to 6.
  • Reduced the speed at which the rockets are fired from the B.R.U.T.E. with 56%.
  • The radius of the B.R.U.T.E. rocket explosion reduced by 42%.
  • Increased cooldown of the dashboard from 3 seconds to 5 seconds.
  • Reduced the speed obtained by boosting while in the air by 33%.
  • The B.R.U.T.E. no longer provides materials to the driver and passenger when they stomp or roam the environment. (This does not arrive immediately, Epic says, but after these other changes have been made.)
  • The material costs of using the shooter shooting screen reduced from 200 to 75.
  • Increased the health of the B.R.U.T.E from 1000 to 1250.

Epic gives a small reasoning for almost all of these changes, and each makes reasonable sense. The developer actually acknowledges that when launching a new competitive e-sport tournament circuit it did indeed bring a groundbreaking, overwhelmed element into play. With these changes, including the reasonable health gain for the mech suit, the item should work slower, less fruitful as an agricultural vehicle and less deadly for enemy players.

In addition, Epic reduces the spawn speed of the B.R.U.T.E. in all storm circles in normal game modes, while the speed remains the same in competitive modes, a change it made earlier this month to prevent the mech suit and the controversy surrounding it from completely consuming Fortnite The first event of the Champion Series last weekend. Epic is also eliminating its newly introduced Junk Rift item from the Arena playlist and the upcoming Champion Series event until it can resolve an audio issue that needs to be addressed in an upcoming update.

The changes to the B.R.U.T.E. are largely in line with what the community hoped for (though some are still crying out for removal), and Epic seems to have listened in this regard while maintaining his view that the mech suit should remain in play. (The company is thinking is that the suit offers a fun and fresh way to play Fortnite while helping to narrow the skills gap is less competitive.)

This specific controversy while nothing new for it FortniteThe constant tension between the casual regular design and the competitive ambitions was perhaps the most controversial in the two-year history of the game. Countless streamers, professional players and even e-sports organizations openly begged the company to reconsider the possibilities of the mech suit, and many openly asked for its complete removal. Although that does not seem to happen, it is very likely that these changes will make the device a non-factor in both tournaments and casual games in the near future.

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The Fortnite community seems satisfied.