Is Apex Legends really the Fortnite killer? Epic Games CEO responds - Dexerto

Is Apex Legends really the Fortnite killer? Epic Games CEO responds

Published: 21/Mar/2019 16:52 Updated: 21/Mar/2019 18:57

by Eli Becht


Apex Legends has gotten off to a hot start since its launch in February 2019 but Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney still doesn’t seem concerned about the game’s affect on Fortnite.

Apex Legends launched in February out of nowhere and quickly won over millions of players, much faster than other battle royale games before it.

It reached 50 million players in its first month alone and broke a Twitch viewership record, proving it had the staying power to compete with and perhaps even dethrone Fortnite.

Despite all of this, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney doesn’t seem all that concerned about Apex Legends when it comes to potentially overtaking Fortnite.

In an interview with Venture Beat, Sweeney confirms Fortnite reached an all-time player peak when Apex Legends was already out and mentioned he hasn’t seen any visible cut into Fortnite.

Epic GamesFortnite is still on top of the gaming world.

“We hit a Fortnite non-event peak twice after Apex was out,” Sweeney told Venture Beat. “We haven’t seen any visible cut into Fortnite. It’s a funny thing. The only game you can see where its peaks cut into Fortnite playtime is FIFA. It’s another game for everybody, wildly popular around the world.”

Sweeney does give credit to Apex Legends with re-energizing shooter players and adding a unique spin to the battle royale formula and advancing it. He did take a subtle jab at Apex by saying Fortnite has matched its growth.

“We’re very close to hitting 250 million Fortnite players,” said Sweeney. “Since Apex Legends came out, we’ve gained an Apex Legends worth of Fortnite players, which is amazing.”

Respawn EntertainmentApex Legends Season 1 is in full swing.

Apex Legends introduced a pinging system that allowed players to mark weapons and items on the map for their teammates to find.

Shortly after this, Fortnite implemented a similar system into its game, which might be an example of what Sweeney was talking about when he said Apex advanced the battle royale formula.

The first Battle Pass just recently launched in Apex Legends so this will be a good indication of how Apex will compete with Fortnite going forward.

Many players were underwhelmed by Respawn’s offering with the Battle Pass in Apex Legends and how it compares to Fortnite’s

Respawn has mentioned this Battle Pass should be looked at as a jumping off point for players to get a healthy collection of cosmetics and future Battle Passes could be much different.


Fortnite Season 5 Rift Beacon leak hints at map changes

Published: 30/Nov/2020 10:20

by Connor Bennett


A new Fortnite leak has hinted at the Rift Beacons making a return in the near future, so, they could be coming back in the upcoming Chapter 2, Season 5 update?

Even with a new map, a raft of new mechanics, and different crossovers, Fortnite Chapter 2 hasn’t quite hit the heady heights it set itself back in Chapter 1 when it exploded onto the battle royale scene. 

That, in turn, leads fans to beg for Epic Games to bring back things from the past – be it a particular weapon, map location, and in some cases, an overall theme for the season. On of the most sought-after items, that fans would like to see make a return, are the Rift Beacons.

The beacons, which popped up in Season X, were apart of the ever-evolving map – with locations, new and old, taking their place with each update. Seeing a beacon in-game, at a certain location, spelled danger for it – and they gave fans something to look forward to.

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Rift Beacons spell the end of days for locations when they pop up.

Well, it looks like they could be returning in the near future – at least, perhaps, to play a role in the Galactus Event. 

Fortnite leaker TweaFN tweeted on November 29 that the beacons had been updated – alongside a whole host of other assets. These included the beam of light used in the Robot vs Monster event at the end of Season 9.

These event-related assets being updated does seem to suggest that they will be used in the Galactus, especially as the beacons were also updated prior to the Chapter 2, Season 3 event – where they played a small role. 

Even though all signs point to the beacons, at least for now, playing a role in the event – this doesn’t completely rule out their return in Season 5. 

As of writing, the only hint about the Season 5 theme we’ve got is the Mandalorian and Baby Yoda secret skin, so everything is on the table in terms of changes. We’ll just have to see what Epic decides to do.