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Fortnite mechs are exploding when they land, and players are celebrating

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Fortnite (opens in new tab) mechs are apparently making a rather explosive exit from the world of Battle Royale after the latest V10.40 patch (opens in new tab). Players have been posting tweets showing mechs immediately exploding as soon as they hit the ground, and many are expressing their joy over the mechs' fiery end. 

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Fortnite mechs have been a pretty unpopular edition to the world of Battle Royale to say the least, so it's not surprising that players are happy about this latest development. As GamesRadar+'s very own guides Iain Wilson editor pointed out to me, this appears to be a result of a virus that was added to the Brute mechs in The Combine event, which is a new playlist added in the latest patch that sees players try to reach the end goal as fast as possible, while eliminating all enemy targets along the way. Data miners also unearthed an image of the mechs infected (opens in new tab) just before the latest update went live. 

Mechs were initially added in August, but after a significant amount of community backlash that they were far too overpowered, Epic nerfed the mechs (opens in new tab). Despite the nerfing, many were still getting pretty fed up of the challenge they presented during matches, so players are more than happy to see them blow up. With Fortnite Season 11 (opens in new tab) set to kick on October 6, this latest occurrence could very well mean that players won't have to worry about the robo-opposition in future. 

Aside from the possible permanent removal of the mechs in the next season, some other big changes could be on the horizon. The latest data mine (opens in new tab) suggests there could be an entirely new map with locations and points of interest to explore. And the mechs might not be the only thing players bid farewell to, as an image surfaced showing the Fortnite characters waving goodbye to the Battle Bus. 

Getting stuck into Battle Royale? Here are all the Fortnite tips (opens in new tab) you need to get that coveted victory. 

Heather Wald
Heather Wald

I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.