Since Season 10's start, Fortnite battle royale players have asked Epic Games to remove the new B.R.U.T.E. mechs from the game. That wish has now been granted, albeit just for a brief duration. Epic Games announced recently that it had disabled BRUTEs in Fortnite from all playlists, with the decision coming as a result of a newly discovered issue that needs to be resolved. Fortnite players can now experience the game without BRUTEs once more. However, once Epic resolves the issue, BRUTEs will be back.
The problem, according to Epic, is related to the BRUTEs air stomp attack. Reports indicate that if the BRUTE hit a player with an air stomp attack, that player could again take damage from the BRUTE's next air stomp even if the mech had moved out of range. The bug was first widely shared by Twitch streamer SypherPK. SypherPK had a recording showing a BRUTE mech killing him with three stomps, even though he'd managed to escape a fair distance away after the first attack.
To Epic's credit, its response to SypherPK's video was quick and fair. Epic disabled the BRUTE mechs immediately, rather than leave the broken vehicles live while it investigated. No updates have since been issued by Epic. The company may be holding off on addressing the issue until after the 3-day weekend rather than bring in a skeleton crew.
Fans are still questioning why Epic was so willing to take down the BRUTE mech this time when the vehicle has had several comparable issues in the past. There was the bug that allowed players to move rapidly across the map, spamming the BRUTEs boost without a cooldown. There was the BRUTE invisibility bug, and there was also the bug that made the BRUTE invincible. While preserving Epic's 3-day weekend seems like the most likely argument, it's also possible that Epic's resolve regarding the BRUTE is wearing down.
Fortnite fans hoping to experience BRUTE-free battle royale game should make the most of the weekend, as the mech could reappear at any time, but there's also a good chance it remains disabled at least through the weekend. Enjoy these matches while they last, because a rocket salvo will rain down from nowhere to earn elimination before anyone realizes the BRUTE's been reenabled.
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