Fortnite: The Real Problem With BRUTEs

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Fortnite: The Real Problem With BRUTEs

ESTNN's Matt Pryor walks fans through

The state of Fortnite as it stands has breached into total chaos. Fortnite Season X released on August 1st, 2019 to generally poor reception. While many professional and casual players can adapt to the rotational items that no longer exist, the big problem lies with the B.R.U.T.E. suits that came along with the latest patch. These are mech suits that are capable of destroying everything in sight without a hiccup. The patch notes speak for themselves in this regard.

BRUTES Have Changed the Game for the Worst

The Fortnite team describes the B.R.U.T.E. as a controllable vehicle that can “fire up to 10 missiles at once, has an overshield, a shotgun and can harvest materials at will.” Words do not quite describe what these vehicles are capable of. After watching some streams, it's clear to see how much of an issue the B.R.U.T.E. could be in the future.

Any team or player that gains access to a B.R.U.T.E. has the ability to inflict serious damage, and, with 1,000 HP, they're almost impossible to kill. One of the primary issues is that only 10 missiles will completely destroy any structure, limiting a player’s ability to build a structure as a defense against the B.R.U.T.E. To be frank, these B.R.U.T.E. suits can single-handedly reshape any match.

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Competitive Players Speak Out

It feels as though Epic Games missed a quality check for the latest patch. This especially affects the competitive community. Popular streamer and professional player Turner “Tfue” Tenney erupted into an expletive-laden tirade during a recent stream. Tenney openly called out Epic Games for adding such a game-breaking component to Fortnite. Tenney is not the only player who has experienced the wrath of a B.R.U.T.E. Aydan ‘Aydan’ Conrad of Ghost Gaming was well on his way to a 30-elimination Solo Arena game when he tragically fell victim to a B.R.U.T.E.

The list of players who are openly against this latest addition to Fortnite is endless. Additionally, there are some serious implications on how these new vehicles will affect the upcoming Fortnite Championship Series.


Epic Games might be planning a nerf to the B.R.U.T.E., or even its removal from competitive game types altogether. A Reddit user by the name of u/Some_Cheese received a response from Epic Games stating that a nerf is coming. Fortnite loyalists had hoped that Epic Games learned their lesson with the overpowered Infinity Blade from Season 7, but history has seemingly repeated itself.

So I emailed Epic about the BRUTE mech and got this response. I'm hopeful. from FortniteCompetitive

BRUTES Can and Will Decide Competitive Games

One casual look around the Reddit world will showcase the disdain of Fortnite players the world over. Many are calling for a boycott of the game, and even outright spamming of Epic Games until the developer removes the B.R.U.T.E. The current elevated status of Fortnite Battle Royale in year two of its release hangs in the balance.

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With millions of dollars on the line in competitive Fortnite over the next month, the winner might just come down which player grabs the B.R.U.T.E. first. Unfortunately, the B.R.U.T.E.s have put Fotnite in a tough place, especially coming off of the ultra-successful World Cup. Stay tuned as we wait anxiously on the fate of the B.R.U.T.E.

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Matt Pryor
Matt is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University. He appreciates all esports titles but primarily focuses on Fortnite and Call of Duty. Matt continuously analyzes gameplay and plays the games himself to better understand in-game decisions by the best players in the world.