Epic Games isn’t wasting any time responding to Apex Legends‘ more forward-thinking gameplay elements and bringing them into Fortnite. The game’s recent Season 8 launch added a new ping system that shares a strong resemblance to the one in Respawn’s battle royale, and a recently uncovered game file could hint that Epic is taking inspiration from another one of Apex‘s best mechanics.
We knew that Epic was considering a respawn system for Fortnite similar to how Apex‘s respawn system works. Namely, you can pick up a fully killed teammate’s card from their deathbox and bring it to a respawn station, where they will be dropped back into the match without any of their loot. A dataminer seems to have uncovered exactly how Epic will be integrating this system into Fortnite, and it’s appropriately cartoony.
Players first noticed a mysterious van pop up in Playground Mode. It despawned if they got too close to it, but using the mode’s camera they got a better look at it, showing a platform that seems to suggest where a player would respawn. Dataminer FortTory then discovered a file in the game that referred to the vehicle as a “second chance van.” If that doesn’t sound like a respawn van, I don’t know what does.
Second Chance Van….
Respawn coming to FORTNITE?! pic.twitter.com/qtoSpT0VyK
— FortTory – Fortnite Leaks & News (@FortTory) February 28, 2019
So when will this van make its way into the game proper? Epic previously stated that, if it did introduce respawning into Fortnite, it would want to “give it the time it needs to fully understand its impact on the game as a whole.” It’s possible that the developers might bring it in as a limited-time mode first before fully integrating it into the game. Or it could never make it into the game at all.
A recent report showed that Fortnite‘s earnings dropped significantly in January, and that was before Apex Legends became the new battle royale darling. However, with a new season having just launched, we have a feeling Fortnite will bounce back, and new mechanics like the respawn van might be the key to getting players to keep returning for more.
Source: PC Gamer