Fortnite Season X has dropped and along with it drops ‘The B.R.U.T.E’. The B.R.U.T.E is a large two person bipedal combat walker. Take your pick of a Mech Warrior, Jaeger, Gundam or any other assorted popular walking tank you can think of. The B.R.U.T.E functions just like them: a walking tank and the game’s first ground combat oriented vehicle. They spawn in limited quantity and are marked on the map for all to see, providing an objective for players to fight over because of the immense advantage they bestow upon their operators.
You may have noticed I said ‘two person’. Unlike every other vehicle introduced to Fortnite, it requires two players to operate effectively. One seat is dedicated to piloting the mech, while the other is dedicated to operating its weaponry. The pilot sits in a seat located on the mech’s ‘crotch’ and is for the most part exposed, able to be shot by players on foot (the head isn’t exposed however). The gunner sits on the mech’s top where a head would be and is protected by shield (which can be charged by using building materials). However, the shield can be broken and the gunner sniped out. Amusingly, two non-allied people can enter the B.R.U.T.E, which could lead to some awkward scenarios.
0 The B.R.U.T.E is surprisingly nimble for its gargantuan size and is able to strafe around and jump high into the sky. By holding your jump button, The B.R.U.T.E will crouch and charge up its thrusters, at full charge it will jump a very impressive distance into the air. While in the air, The B.R.U.T.E can even activate its strafe thrusters, letting it perform some very impressive aerial maneuvers before landing
Additionally, the pilot can stomp The B.R.U.T.E’s legs, which will knock back any players that happen to very close by. This is primarily used to get players out of its blind spot as the weapon’s can’t cover extremely close ranges. This gives The B.R.U.T.E’s pilot a lot of options for evading players and controlling the ranges of engagement.
Finally, both the pilot and gunner can also initiate a self-destruct, which will deny other players the chance to use The B.R.U.T.E should things go awry. Which is triply hilarious when you consider that you can have two non-allied players in the same B.R.U.T.E.
The B.R.U.T.E sports two main weapons on each arm. The left arm houses a missile launcher (you can charge to launch more missiles at once), which is very good at blanketing an area in explosions and destroying cover and other B.R.U.T.Es. The right arm is a high fire rate, high spread automatic shotgun, which is very good at close range defence, mostly used for killing players on foot.
The B.R.U.T.E’s weaponry has two blindspots, extremely close and extremely long range. Extremely close can be mitigated by good usage of The B.R.U.T.E’s mobility and leg stomp features. Needless to say, if you enter its killzone on foot, you’re likely not going to survive, unless you manage to take out the pilot in short order. Long range is the only real weakness The B.R.U.T.E has to players on foot. As the gunner and pilot are both exposed, they’re vulnerable to sniper fire. However, you’ll need to be a considerably good shot as a piloted B.R.U.T.E is still quite nimble and difficult to hit precisely.
Even though The B.R.U.T.E requires two people to operate effectively, it also drops in solo mode and a single player operating it can still be quite the menace. You’re able to swap seats from within The B.R.U.T.E, allowing you to quickly swap between the weapons and the pilot seat. This of course means you can’t shoot and move at the same time, leaving you open to being easily sniped from the gunner’s seat or unable to retaliate from the pilot’s seat. This somewhat keeps The B.R.U.T.E in check for solo mode games as it is extremely powerful and difficult to down without help.
Three B.R.U.T.Es currently spawn at the start of every match and ‘drop’ in from the sky like a player would. As they drop in, they’ll begin to split up and land in different spots on the map (it seems to be mostly random) and will land before any player has the chance. Once they land, they’ll emit an orange flare, making them quite easy to spot and also attracting players directly to them.
Due to how easy they are to see and how powerful they are, they’re hotly contested. As there is very rarely weaponry around (they tend to land in open fields rather than settlements), it essentially rewards the person who lands first with the best weapon in the game. So avoid contesting these if you’re not confident in your ability to land quickly in Fortnite as this will be the single most important skill required to secure them.
So far that’s all we know about the B.R.U.T.E. However, preliminary experience and testing point towards it really shaking up Fortnite matches with its overwhelming arsenal and mobility. The B.R.U.T.E provides a significant advantage to the players who manage to secure them, almost guaranteeing a spot into the late game. If you intend to secure one, expect to be fighting tooth-and-nail for it as its value isn’t understated.