Battle Royale video games became huge here within the last couple years with games like PUBG, Fortnite, and Apex. For those not familiar with these battle royale games, think of the popular movie The Hunger Games. A set amount of players are thrown into an arena and fight until the last player or team remains. No respawning like you can on Team Deathmatch on Call of Duty. You die? Game over.
Both PUBG and Fortnite released in 2017. Fortnite grew quicker than expected. Many celebrities like Drake, Travis Scott, and JuJu Smith-Schuster have teamed up with gamer pro, Tyler Blevins (also known as Ninja) in an online stream that pulled in just over 628,000 viewers. Fortnite had taken over as the most popular battle royale video game.
Two and a half months ago, Apex was released. Many gamers switched over in the new more realistic looking game.
Both games have their advantages and disadvantages. Fortnite has used Apex’s advantages to their own advantage in their latest season.
First, it started off with minor updates. Fortnite updated their marking system. Teammates can mark weapons and shields for other teammates to see on the map. Teammates could mark enemies so other enemies could easily locate them. That was one of Apex‘s biggest advantages. It was much easier to communicate with teammates without actually verbally communicating.
In Fortnite’s latest update they added “Reboot Vans”. Reboot Vans are a spawning area for Duo and Squad mode only. When a player dies they leave a Reboot Card behind that a teammate must pickup within 90 seconds. A teammate will then need to go to the Reboot Van to respawn their teammate.
At first I wasn’t a fan of the idea. It seemed a little over powered. When Fortnite first introduces new guns, they tend to over do it and make them too OP in the game. Fortnite did a great job with the addition of the Reboot Vans. When a teammate is respawned the van emits a loud horn notifying close by enemies that someone has just been respawned. The player that was just respawned comes back with a grey pistol with low ammo and 100 wood. The Reboot Van can’t be used again immediately to revive another teammate. The van must charge up again before being used again.
The reboot van kills the idea of “You die? Game over.” but it has it’s advantages. It allows a player a second chance. If a teammate dies early in the game they could be waiting upwards to 20 minutes for the game to finish before starting another game. Adding the ability to respawn can keep teammates engaged in the game even when they have already died.
I personally stayed with Fortnite when Apex was released although I did give Apex a chance. I enjoy the building aspect to Fortnite. I enjoy the availability of weapons. I also love how Fortnite is taking some ideas from Apex to get better. While both games are obviously competing for the top spot in the genre, they both could grow and bring in more fans by learning a thing or two from each other.