Epic Games’ Fortnite is the leading battle royale game right now. However, in order to maintain its position, the game makers don’t shy away from getting inspired by features of other games of the same genre. And in its latest move, Epic Games will be rolling out a feature to Fortnite that will be a lot like Respawn Beacons of Apex Legends.
Starting next week, Fornite will be getting a feature called ‘Reboot Vans’ which will enable players to bring back their teammates to life in case they die. And as we all know, the feature is directly inspired by ‘Respawn Beacons’ of Apex Legends, which gives players a chance to revive their teammates.
It is worth adding that the feature was first leaked in February this year and it solves one among the most frustrating problems that most battle royale games have. Anyone who has played these games would know that probably one among the worst things that can happen is losing a teammate early. With this, you are left with the option of either quitting the game early or play with one person down while your friend just watches you play.
We're introducing the Reboot Van in v8.30! Learn all about it in our latest Dev Update.
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 5, 2019
If we speak specifically about Fortnite, compared to other games, it is relatively easier to first take away all the health and shields of your enemy so that they are left crawling on the ground, and then kill them. Doing this completely removes them from the match. With the new feature, players will have to reclaim their teammates’ reboot card and then take them to a reboot van in order to make sure that they survive.
However, much like Apex Legends’ feature, ‘Reboot Van’ has its limitations. For starters, Reboot Van can be used only once and that too by one squad. This means that after one of its Reboot Vans gets activated, it remains dormant for the rest of the match. Moreover, the number of vans on the map is limited and even they may get dormant because of the circle that keeps on shrinking. This means that they are extremely difficult to access and using them can also mean that you may die yourself while reaching out to them.
It is worth adding that this is the second time that Fortnite has copied a feature from Apex Legends. The first one was a ping system that enables teammates to communicate with each other non-verbally. So, they can just press a button to highlight enemies, loot and locations.