Following the completion of the Fortnite World Cup 2019, players were unfortunately introduced to the B.R.U.T.E., a massive mech so ridiculously overpowered it felt like something that might have been placed into the game as an April Fools joke. A full month later, after the pleas of streamers and the best competitive players in the world, Epic Games is finally nerfing the troublesome mechs, and the timing is a bit too convenient. Buckle up, it’s conspiracy time.
Streamers Hated The Mechs, But They Must Have Been Good For Business
With the first official World Cup wrapped up and a winner announced with Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, thousands of young boys and girls must have been shocked to see someone so close to their age dominate the competition with what appeared to be total ease. As such, coming into the game and taking control of a B.R.U.T.E. would have been an unforgettable experience. For a brief while, those players piloting these overpowered machines could fight and destroy opponents as easily as Bugha, but without the need for any real skill.
That sounds ridiculous, and yet, is paraphrasing exactly what Epic set out to accomplish with the inclusion of the mech:
“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… The B.R.U.T.E. was added at the start of Season X with this mission in mind. 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.”
While less-experienced players were likely getting large numbers of kills through little skill of their own, the cost came at the expense of other players. What is perhaps most frustrating is that those who felt most impacted appear to be streamers, and they are they are the ones who spend their time actively promoting the game. Of course, the relationship goes both ways as streamers try and accumulate viewers, but there is no shortage of games to stream, and disregarding their feelings feels completely unintuitive for the long-term health of the game.
DrLupo was vocal on the subject from the beginning. Shortly after making this tweet, he spent time playing other games instead of Fortnite, as did many streamers, while they waited out the effects of the mech.
The Mech Is Finally Nerfed…Right As Students Head Back To School?
The hype following the World Cup has dwindled, and those who would want to emulate the first winner are now heading back to class. What a perfect time to nerf the B.R.U.T.E. and bring the streamers back. One answer is that this was planned from the beginning, and now there is little reason to keep the broken item in the game.
Another is complete and utter incompetence in terms of knowing how to balance a game. Unfortunately, it seems like an undesirable outcome either way, and unhealthy for the competitive scene in the long run. Why would a serious competitive player look to Fortnite if an entire month went by before a serious problem was addressed, and in a way that leaves most wondering if this was all planned from the beginning?