Fortnite’s Season X is now live, bringing mech combat to the battle royale shooter.
Specifically, the mech is called B.R.U.T.E. It’s a two-person vehicle, with one person controlling the movement and another person controlling the weaponry, which is definitely going to be the fun part of the partnership. While the player who is controlling the movement can “stomp enemies and structures into the ground”, those who are controlling the weapons will have access to a Shotgun and a Missile Launcher. The Shotgun will hit for 50 damage with a headshot multiplier of 1.5x, while the Missile Launcher can fire up to ten missiles at once, which sounds like a lot of fun. In terms of defensive capabilities, you’ll be able to consume 200 of any material type to give your mech an overshield for 5 seconds. If you’re playing solo then you can still jump into a mech, but you’ll have to switch between moving and firing weapons, which could make you a bit of a sitting duck.
The addition of the B.R.U.T.E. has led to all other vehicles being condemned to the vault, as Epic believes that “Season X is better experienced with a reduction in mobility”. The vehicles will be joined in the vault by the Flint Knock Pistol, Shadow Bomb, Semi-Auto Sniper, Tactical Assault Rifle, Mounted Turret, and Air Strike.
Also new in the patch are “Rift Zones”, which much like the B.R.U.T.E. link directly into the teasers that Epic released earlier in the week. Rift Zones are “locations once thought to be lost” which are beginning to appear around the map, but they “aren’t the same as they once were”. As expected, Dusty Depot is the highlight of these returning locations, back in the game after over a year of absence. As always, there’s also a new Battle Pass which can be unlocked for 950 V-bucks, giving you 100 levels to progress through and over 100 rewards to earn.
There’s also a whole host of bug fixes and performance improvements in the patch, and you can read all about them here.