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Epic on Fornite's Mechs

A Season X Competitive Launch Update from the Fortnite team discusses plans for the Fortnite Champion Series, which will get underway on August 17th. This discusses how this will work, and notes that this Fortnite competition will involve a whopping $10 million prize pool. They also note that the game's recently launched B.R.U.T.E. mechs will be part of the competition, despite how players are so unhappy with their impact on gameplay that #removethemech is a trending topic on Twitter (thanks Polygon). Epic does say they are making some changes to how the B.R.U.T.E.s work:
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.