In an exciting turn of events, the world-famous battle royale Fortnite might have a respawn system.
According to a post in a Fortnite Ask Me Anything thread on Reddit, producer Zack Estep claims that such a feature is possible:
“We’ve been considering this mechanic for a while and have been exploring it. Want to make sure we give it the time it needs and fully understand its impact on the game as a whole. Look for further updates during Season 8.”
Learning From Competitors
This decision may or may not (but almost certainly is) influenced by the respawn system in Apex Legends – EA’s new free-to-play battle royale that has taken off recently. Of course, the producer of a title is never going to credit a competitor, as that would be bad press. But, the timing here is just a little too much of a coincidence.
That said, PCGamer reports that big-time Fortnite players Ninja, DrLupo, and Cloakzy would appreciate a respawn system in Epic’s big game. This makes sense too. With Apex as the testing grounds, we’ve learned that a respawn system is excellent for the pacing of a game. It prevents players from leaving early, allowing them to spectate their teammates and learn how to play better. That, and it allows for some epic comebacks. There have been games where I’ve saved my teammates and ended up coming back and winning the entire match. It’s also just nice for newer players to get the hang of things.
Regardless, Fortnite has a ton of new updates coming within the foreseeable future.
Bringing In The Dough
In fact, Epic just announced a Fortnite World Cup that’s taking place this April. Starting on the 13th of the month, there will be ten weeks of qualifiers that will go until June 16th. The company will be handing out $1 million a week to players that qualify.
However, the top 100 solo players and top 50 duos groups will come together in New York from July 26th to the 28th. That will be the scene of the finals, in which there will be a prize pool of $30 million. Through that, players will make at least $50,000, with the champion of it all walking away with $3 million.
This cup had been announced since last June, going along with the news that Fortnite had reached 125 million users. Since then, it has grown even more – hitting over 200 million late 2018.
That said, Epic notes that it won’t be selling teams and won’t let any other groups do so either. Instead, only those that qualify based on skill will make it through the ranks.
Throughout 2019, Epic plans to give out $100 million in prizes throughout weekly tournaments and other spaces in the coming months.
Appealing To The Masses
For those currently hooked on Fortnite, you have a chance at getting the Season 8 Battle Pass for free. However, there is a catch. If you can finish a set of challenges by February 27th, the end of Season 7, you will qualify for a free Battle Pass which usually costs around $10. Epic’s website notes this in detail:
“Everyone who completes 13 free Overtime Challenges by February 27 will receive the upcoming Season 8 Battle Pass for free. If you don’t have an outfit, now is your chance to get several for free. With the Battle Pass, you’ll receive two Season 8 Outfits instantly and you can earn up to five more. Save your V-Bucks, this one’s on us.”
Usually, players that don’t pay will unlock cosmetics very slowly throughout each level up. Those that purchase a Battle Pass are not only supporting the game, but gain access to a ton of different content to deck out their characters and weapons with. In light of how well the game is performing, it’s nice to see Epic provide some good will hear.