According to leaks, the B.R.U.T.E. Mech could be making a return to Fortnite in Chapter 2, Season 8.
Veteran Fortnite players might remember the B.R.U.T.E. Mech from Season X. This Legendary vehicle was a huge bipedal mech, capable of dealing some hefty damage. The mech required two players to operate: one to control movement and another to fire the weaponry. The B.R.U.T.E. came equipped with a missile launcher that was easily able to wipe out players in a single shot. Coupled with a high health reserve, taking down the mech was a feat in itself.
The B.R.U.T.E. was a fairly controversial addition to the battle royale. Many players felt that the vehicle was extremely overpowered. Not only could it deal some major damage through attacks, but it was also capable of self-destructing, ending in a huge explosion. The B.R.U.T.E. has remained vaulted since 2019, and with good reason. But now, thanks to information from a recent leak, it's possible that the mech could be making a comeback.
Are Mechs Coming Back to Fortnite?
Known Fortnite leaker, @ShiinaBR, recently tweeted that some text files found in the game hinted towards the return of mechs in Season 8. The tweet read: "Mechs will most likely be added to the game later this season, according to text in the files. At the moment, it's not known whether they will be the old B.R.U.T.E mechs or a new type of mechs. We will be able to fund for them: FundingStation.Mech.FundedAmount."
Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 8 has already seen the return of some elements from previous seasons. The Cube, which first made its appearance back in Chapter 1, Season 5, has become a major focus point for this current season. In addition, Raptors are now back after being vaulted in Season 7. With the way reality seems to be bending in this season of Fortnite, it wouldn't be too bizarre for mechs to make a reappearance in some form.
Shiina's claims were soon backed up by another known leaker, @HYPEX, who added some new information. In a tweet, Hypex agreed with Shiina that mechs would have a funding option in Season 8. They also claimed that further changes were being made, including: robotic vocal chord effect for voice chat, better charging effects, mechs being able to float on water, and more.
It will be interesting to see if Epic decides to nerf the mech, to curb the amount of chaos they cause on the battle field. For the moment, there has been no official word from Epic on whether or not mechs will be making a return, or when it might happen. For now though, players will have to sit tight and see if these claims come to fruition.