Fortnite’s mechs have been a controversial addition to the game, just as many previous vehicles and powerful items have been. While the BRUTE got a slight nerf recently, it’s still powerful enough to give casual players who chance upon it an edge against against even the pros – and Epic says that’s absolutely by design.

“The mission of Fortnite is to bring players of all skill levels together to have a fun experience where anyone can win,” Epic says in a breakdown of why the BRUTE is in the game. “For example – everyone having a shot at that first elimination or Victory Royale moment and the satisfying feeling that comes with it.”

To that end, the BRUTE has been pretty successful. “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.”

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