Why The Respawn System Is Important
If you haven’t played Apex Legends yet, you should do yourself a favor and do so. It’s a nice break from the constant building, and crazy items in Fortnite. On top of that, they have introduced quite a few incredible features within the game. These features, are pushing Fortnite and Epic Games forward. So, even if you’re not going to play Apex Legends, you should be thankful for its existence. That’s assuming, of course, that you like the changes it is going to bring to Fortnite. Trust me, there’s only going to be more where this came from. As you may have already noticed, there’s a pinging system in Fortnite now as well. Guess where that came from? You guessed it… Apex Legends. As these games continue to co-exist, I think they’re going to be consistently stealing things from each other for the good of both games.
The respawn system gets rid of an incredibly abundant issue battle royale games have. You’re going to hear from anyone that plays Apex, that one of their favorite features is the respawn system, and rightfully so. Knowing that once you die, you’re not 100% dead, is an incredible feeling. We’ve all been there: dying off spawn because you don’t get a weapon, and then you are forced to watch your teammates for the rest of the game. That’s if you’re patient. A lot of the time you’ll just end up walking away from the computer, and that sort of defeats the entire purpose of a game, right? It’s supposed to be relaxing, not infuriating, and anytime you can implement a system that allows people to play more, you’re doing your job right.
There have been times in Apex that i’ve actually gotten up from my computer dead, and come back alive because I actually forgot that the respawn system existed. I immediately sat down and got back into it, looting up, and then heading back to the battlefield to actually pick up wins from that point. It is an INCREDIBLE feeling, and one that will do Fortnite worlds of good.
Fortnite Reboot Van And System
At this point, i’m sure you have seen the rumors and buzz around the Fortnite Reboot Van. While this is all but confirmed, it is strongly indicated that this feature/system is going to be coming to Fortnite’s Season 8, and we can’t wait. As mentioned, this system was originally implemented into Apex Legends. It has done wonders for the game, as well as the community, and it is time for it to enter Fortnite.
While there aren’t specifics yet as to how it will work, I would imagine it to be slightly similar to Apex Legends. In Apex, you pick up a player’s beacon off of their dead body, and you take it to the respawn beacon. From there, it’s a four of five second cast. Once the cast is completed, the player will be flown in on a drop ship, and sky dive towards the ground. After that, it’s like he never died. He can run around, loot, and experience reductions in damage, skill use, etc.
Fortnite could most definitely do something similar with the battle bus, and parachutes/skydiving. It’ll be interesting to see how they do it. In Fortnite, with rotations being so important, I think that they will want to avoid a lot of movement after respawn. On the other hand, though, I don’t know how possible it would be to let someone spawn on the ground weaponless. There’s most definitely going to be some sort of smoke signal, or noise queue that is going to alert the surrounding players that you’re reviving a teammate. After all, it is a huge benefit to be able to rez your teammate, but it should also be punishable.
Additionally, with the ability to actually build in Fortnite, it could create some serious issues. People building boxes, and boxes around reboot vans making it significantly harder for anyone else in the game to revive their teammates. I’m sure they have done their homework on the system.
There are questions, though. Is the Fortnite van going to allow for multiple revives, from multiple teammates, and teams? Is it going to be a one-time use for anyone? I guess we’re not going to know until Epic Games decides it is time to let us know.
How Will This Change Fortnite Meta?
Fortnite’s meta is something that changes within each season, beginning to end. It is generally more drastic from end to start of a new season, but change happens within the middle regardless. That said, the Fortnite reboot van, and system, is very likely going to be the largest meta change the game has ever seen. This is going to be true for a few different reasons.
The first, and main reason being, is rotations, and how bringing your teammate back from the dead will be incorporated into that. Wherever these reboot vans are going to be located, are going to be even more of a clusterfest than they might already be. The rotations are going to be of the utmost importance, and this is going to be very interesting when considering the competitive scene.
The more, the merrier in competitive play. I think with this being implemented, we’re going to see significantly more duos, and potentially squad tournaments. Could you imagine rotations into pleasant park with three or four pro teams that are looking to get one, or more players up? Even public games, with your friends. You’re going to want to get your buddy up to increase your chances of winning. These places on the map are going to be incredibly popular.
The second reason that we’d like to mention is somewhat related to the first, and rotations. Keeping you, and your teammates live is actually even more important now. Why? Because it is going to give you the option to do two different things. One, you can rotate to the reboot van and actually farm teams that come to try and revive their teammates. This means free loot. The second, is if you’re a little bit more passive. You can actually use this time that people are reviving their teammates, to get the upper-hand on positioning. With less people running around the map, and you having the knowledge of where they are (probability), you can correctly position yourself for the win on top of the highest mountain, within the circle.
At the end of the day, Fortnite’s meta is going to become about reviving your teammates so you can increase your chances of winning, and that is fantastic change. I mean, who doesn’t want more wins in Fortnite? It is bragging rights at this point!