As I’m not really a huge fan of Fortnite, the turmoil surrounding the game is genuinely kinda funny for me. First let me explain my dislike of Fortnite, not necessarily hatred, just dislike.
I came up on FPS games, play Halo professionally for a bit, so I like to think I’m a weathered vet of shooters. That being said, imagine the rage that occurs when I see someone from behind, and take a nice shot at them. I’m thinking, “hell yeah, I got first shot this dude is dead for SURE.”
In the time it took for me to say that sentence in my head, this dude had flipped around, took a shot and me AND built the White House, full with lawn decorations and all, in front of me. In 5 seconds.
Yeah, I’m good on all that. My fingers can’t move that fast to build all that nonsense, I’ll stick to my first person shooters…
ANYWHO. On the heels of Bugha winning $3 million in a very, very successful Fortnite World Cup, with HUGE publicity and viewership, Epic Games launched the new season X. Season X, or 10 if you’d rather, will be the launch of the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS), the next step in competitive Fortnite.
The FNCS will run from August 17-September 22nd, with September 20-22nd being the Season X Finals. Throughout this season, there will be over $10 million in prize money, with Trios being the game mode. No longer will it be solo or duos. Which, for such a short time period, is an INSANE amount of money to give away. If this doesn’t demonstrate the popularity of Fortnite, I’m honestly not sure what will.
Except…Epic Games might be shooting themselves in the foot…
Enter the B.R.U.T.E., a Transformer-esque mech that two players can operate. One controls the movement, the other controls the missile launcher and shotgun the mech has, in addition to the immense amount of armor it has. To say that the mech is overpowered would be a bit of an understatement. Peruse twitter, go look at Ninja’s account, TimTheTatman, Cloakzy, Dr. Lupo, any of the huge Fortnite streamers, and you’ll see at least one or two complaints about how overpowered the mech is and how un-fun it really makes the game. I’ve watched a good bit of Tim’s stream, and I’ve seen it. The mech is broken, and it appears Epic doesn’t think it is. In their Season X Competitive Launch Update, they stated the following:
We’ve been monitoring the impact of the B.R.U.T.E. in gameplay and are investigating ways to enhance combat feedback when interacting with the vehicle. In v10.10, we will add a targeting laser that will show the direction the B.R.U.T.E. is aiming its rockets while they are being charged. This laser will have directional audio to help indicate when it’s being pointed at you, even if you’re behind a structure. We’ve also fixed a few mobility bugs that was allowing players to exploit its boost mechanic.
The B.R.U.T.E. remains within the core game modes (Solo, Duos, and Squads), select Limited Time Modes, and in competitive Arena and Tournament play. We’ll communicate any future iterations to the vehicle as we’re continuing to investigate a few more areas where we can improve combat interactions.”
Yikes. It would appear that they certainly do not care how much people do not like the mech, with their solution seemingly being just adding more notification that your imminent death is coming. How kind of them.
Let’s just say the fans haven’t taken kindly to that, with a hashtag on twitter that’s trending quite alot. The hashtag, #removethemech, reaching over 16.5k tweets. That’s quite alarming for the game that is now finally entering a consistent eSport front. Some players are even threatening to leave the game for Apex Legends, another BR, or quitting overall. To be honest, I don’t blame them. I only watch the game and it annoys me.
I feel like Epic Games genuinely doesn’t care much about it’s fanbase, as their “monitoring” of the B.R.U.T.E. doesn’t seem to equate to anything, but I won’t lie, I low-key hope this causes a significant drop in Fortnite coverage cause that would make me very happy. For eSports though, this is a not a good look for Fortnite to finally break out into the consistent event portfolio of games.