They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so Apex Legends should take heart in the fact that Fortnite is copying its respawn mechanic wholesale. Following months of rumors surrounding respawn-enabling vehicles, Epic Games has finally detailed the new Reboot Vans in its latest Dev Update, hosted by the banana-suited community manager Nathan Mooney.
If you're familiar with Apex Legends' respawn beacons that dot the landscape of Kings Canyon, then you've already got a good understanding of how Fortnite's Reboot Van works. When playing in a squad, downed teammates will drop a Reboot Card that you should snatch up ASAP. Once you've got their card, head on over to one of the many Reboot Vans located near points of interest to get the respawn process started. You'll need to channel at the van for a short duration in order to trigger the respawn - and once you do, its car alarm will blare out and a giant beam will shoot into the sky for all to see.
Unlike the dropships of Apex Legends, Fortnite brings dead players back to life by teleporting them onto the Reboot Van's roof one by one, without any of their previous items. Interestingly, the Reboot Van will need to cool down before you or any other squad can use it again, so you can't spam respawns if enemies are taking potshots at your newly reborn teammates.
It remains to be seen how players will take to the Reboot Van and how long it'll stick around. Between borrowing the ping system and now aping its respawns, Fortnite sure has taken a liking to Apex Legends' mechanics. Here's hoping Epic doesn't one day decide to add their own version of the Mozambique shotgun pistol to Fortnite.
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