Fortnite’s latest season is only a day old, but fans are already furious about the game’s latest vehicle: the B.R.U.T.E. mech. These mechanized death machines let two players, one gunner and one driver, wander the map unleashing torrents of missiles at anything in their path. While, in theory, you can just shoot them, they’ve proven to be a lot of trouble to pro players and amateurs alike.
While the earliest complaints about the B.R.U.T.E. happened as soon as the vehicle was announced in the season X patch notes, the more hostile reactions didn’t happen until players were killed by the mechs themselves. As their frustration built, players took to both the game’s competitive and standard subreddits to make their displeasure known.
“This is literally without a doubt the worse thing they have done in this game,” wrote Reddit user Evo4emperor. “I’ve dealt with the planes and double pumps and everything else ... this is just dumb.”
But it isn’t just regular players that seem to be having issues with the mechs, even pro players and streamers aren’t happy. Streamer Dakotaz tweeted a video of a mech-related death he suffered and his less-than-pleased reaction to it. Meanwhile, one of the most popular clips on the subreddit is of Fortnite World Cup Solo Finals champions Bugha getting blown up by a mech with the tongue-in-cheek title, “Fortnite World Cup Solo champion gets outplayed.”
The number one complaint has been just how deadly they are.
The mechs have two weapons at their disposal. One is a shotgun, which rarely sees much use, and the other is a missile launcher — the vehicle’s real problem. The gunner can charge the missile launcher to fire up to 10 missiles at a time, and even a partially charged barrage seems to be capable of dealing 200 damage, the game’s maximum possible health, and tearing through any buildings in its path.
As most of the clips show, it’s not always easy to tell when a B.R.U.T.E. is shooting at you, and more often than not you’re going to die before you even have a chance to respond. These missile barrages can even come from fairly far away, or while you’re in a fight with another player.
To make matters worse, the mechs are easy for just one player to pilot. While there may be separate seats for driving and shooting, one player can simply switch between them and keep their opponent pinned down with missiles.
Another possible problem with the mechs is the frequency with which they spawn. As it stands now, there’s a new spawn of two mechs nearly every zone. That means taking out one, or even two mechs doesn’t mean a B.R.U.T.E.-less game, just a momentary respite.
While fan frustration with the mechs so far has already been evident, it’s worth remembering that we’re only a day into the season. It’s still possible that fans could turn around on the B.R.U.T.E.S. or that Epic could nerf them like they have ballers and planes in seasons past.
If worst comes to worst, Epic’s also already shown that its willing to cut its losses on certain new creations, like it did last winter when the Infinity Blade was added to Fortnite then swiftly removed.