Reboot Van, Reboot Cards, downtime NEWS

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Epic Games latest dev update reveals that the respawn feature will go live in Fortnite next week when the Reboot Vans roll out in update v8.30. On Fortnite, players pick up a Reboot Card that's dropped after the player has been eliminated.

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. Earlier today, Fortnite announced the introduction of the "Reboot Van", which comes to the game next week.

The new respawn system in "Fortnite" adds a new item to squad matches, called reboot cards. When playing in a squad, downed teammates will drop a Reboot Card that you should snatch up ASAP.

When you activate a Reboot Van, squadmates appear on the roof. The players will be able to do so via the "reboot vans". Players who have to resurrect their allies again after using one should try to go to the next van to revive their teammate faster.

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The option to revive teammates makes the battle royale genre a bit more forgiving. "Apex Legends" lets players collect their teammate's banner and bring them back to life at a respawn beacon in a very similar fashion. Adding more fuel to the fire, additional data strings were featured in the 8.20 Content Update on Tuesday. But if the player is completely eliminated, then the team member has to watch and has no chance to actively participate in the game.

The vans will be placed around the map at major points of interest. I'm guessing Epic liked the idea from Apex so much that it wanted to crib a feature, which I can't blame them.

While it's plausible that Epic Games has been working on this for some time, the timing is questionable.

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