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Fortnite Slammed for Catering to New Players

Fortnite is one of the biggest games in the world. With its recent tournament success, their top spot has been solidified. With the launch of Season X came the release of the B.R.U.T.E. It is a huge mech that up to two players can operate. Sounds fun, right? Apparently not.

Fortnite’s tweets have been flooded with replies containing the hashtag #RemoveTheMech.

According to players, the mech is overpowered and dominates the battlefield. In response to this, Epic Games added an aiming laser to its missiles and lowered its spawn rate. This was not enough; fans continued the “remove the mech” movement. Epic decided to double down on their decision in a blog post in which they state:

“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.”

It is clear to me that Epic are trying to make the game accessible to new players. As someone who has never played Fortnite, I am intimidated by it and have no hope that I would even get one kill. In a graph they released on Twitter, Epic showed that smaller players have been able to progress further in games than ever before.

For Fortnite to continue its success it needs to adapt to new players and continue bringing in new features that make the PvP exciting and initiative. Hopefully players will see the positives of the B.R.U.T.E and support the idea of new people coming to the title.

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