Epic explains why it added the B.R.U.T.E. to Fortnite

If you’ve been following Fortnite at all, then you’ve probably heard of its newly added mech, the B.R.U.T.E., and the community backlash that has followed since its addition. Developer Epic Games has now released a blog post addressing the situation and explaining its reasoning behind adding the mech and keeping it in the game.

According to the developer, the B.R.U.T.E. has been introduced to give all players a chance to get an elimination or a win, and to “provide spectacle and entertainment when playing Fortnite.”

“The B.R.U.T.E. was added at the start of Season X with this mission in mind,” Epic explained. “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.”

Epic also provided graphs to show the average eliminations by the B.R.U.T.E. in each game across all modes and the percentage of eliminations per game that are by the B.R.U.T.E. across all modes. As you can see below, the percentage of eliminations on average is actually pretty low.

“We regularly have and will continue to release content that shakes up gameplay in Fortnite in unexpected ways,” the developer added. “And we’re committed to providing a constantly evolving, entertaining and fun experience to all players.”

Since the B.R.U.T.E.s were introduced with the start of Season X, Epic has reduced their spawn rate in Arena and Tournament modes, and added a targeting laser and directional audio to show the direction is missiles are aiming. However, many players feel that these changes simply are not enough.

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