Fortnite is a game that is always changing. While some of those changes are the result of constant adjustments by internal teams, others are due to the influence of other games.
One of the bigger and more obvious mechanics from other battle royale games is the new inclusion of the respawn bus in team-based modes.
For the first time, players can get a second chance after being defeated by their opponents and contribute to their team’s victories by bringing others back to life.
What Are Respawn Busses?
The respawn buses, known in Fortnite as Reboot Vans, are new additions to the game that aim to radically change the way team modes are played. In traditional battle royales, players gain a life and the last player standing wins.
With the addition of a respawn mechanic, teams can now theoretically bring players back to take more than one round trip in the game.
It is now possible to get knocked out in the first few seconds of the game and get a second win minutes later, something that will definitely create new strategies and likely change the balance of team play.
When Were They Added?
Respawn buses are a fairly new part of Fortnite and come as part of patch 8.3.
This certainly isn’t the only new thing coming in the patch, but it’s probably the most exciting thing you’ll find in the game.
As you can imagine. The timing of this coincides with the growing popularity of both the new Battlefield Battle Royale mode and the continued popularity of Apex Legends. This isn’t the first time Fortnite has followed the leader, nor will it be the last.
Reboot Bus Mechanics
Since Respawn buses look like they’re there to stay, it’s a good idea to learn a bit about how they work.
Reset vans are located in each of the parts of the map, allowing players to revive their dead teammates as long as they have the right materials.
This isn’t an instant resurrection, though, nor one that brings a teammate back with their entire squad. As with most parts of the game, the reappearance of a downed teammate will bring both risks and rewards associated with the prospect.
How Keycards Work
When you play Fortnite in a team mode, you get a new item added to your loot table. When you die, a keycard drops and remains on the floor for ninety seconds.
During that time, any member of your team or squad can collect the map. Once the teammate has the map, he can take it to the nearest reset van to bring you back.
Multiple cards can be used in one van, so there’s definitely some merit in the idea of running around and collecting cards from the fallen before getting to a van.
What Other Players See
To balance the respawn, other players are immediately warned against using a reset van. Once the van starts working to bring the players back, everyone else on the map will hear an audio track and see a beacon.
Not only does this give players a great opportunity to stop the ongoing respawn, but also to eliminate the other squad members trying to get their lost teammates back.
This is actually quite a clever mechanic, as it puts anyone trying to put a teammate back into great danger and makes the respawn mechanic something that inevitably involves a lot of strategy.
What Happens When You Respawn
You don’t exactly come back strong when you respawn in Fortnite. If you manage to come back successfully, you’ll only be in a slightly better position than if you just fell.
You have 100 health, a regular pistol with 36 ammunition and 100 wood. This is enough to get most players back into the fight, but not enough to give anyone any advantage when they respawn.
The addition of Reboot Van and the respawn mechanic marks one of the biggest changes to the balance of Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode. Every strategy currently in the game needs a rethink and most of the things players have relied on since launch will change.
Whether this change will ultimately be something that improves the game remains to be seen, but it’s definitely something players will have to deal with in the near future.
Over time, the mechanics will prove to be a great addition to the game or just an attempt to cash in on the flavor of the month.