Fortnite has been pushing forward the battle royale genre for some time now, but that doesn't mean that Epic aren't paying attention to what others are doing in this field. This appears to be particularly true when it comes to the respawn mechanic from Apex Legends, which has pretty much been directly copied for the Fortnite Reboot Vans. After months of rumours and accidental appearances of what looked like respawn-enabling vehicles in replay mode, Epic Games has finally revealed the new Reboot Vans in its latest Dev Update, hosted by community manager Nathan Mooney in a resplendently Peely banana suit!
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How do Fortnite Reboot Vans work?
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 Vans work. 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.
Want to know how the Fortnite Reboot Vans work? We've got all the details in our video below:
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.
Where are the Fortnite Reboot Van locations?
After exploring the entire Fortnite map, we've discovered there are 20 Fortnite Reboot Van locations altogether - one for every named place of interest on the map. Here's a complete map of all the Reboot Vans, ready for when you need to revive other members of your squad:
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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