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Fortnite copies Apex Legends again with new Season 2 feature

by Andy Williams
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Apex Legends players are mocking Epic Games for copying Respawn with a new feature coming to Fortnite Chapter 2: Season 2… and not for the first time.

Respawn's surprise release in February 2019 featured a number of inventive features, never seen before in battle royales — such as respawning and a ping communication system.

The developers introduced a title that would change the landscape of the battle royale genre forever, by launching a game that was both triple-A quality while presenting a plethora of innovative features.

Apex Legends' respawn beacon.
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Apex Legends introduced a respawn system, which Epic Games ultimately reproduced in Fortnite and called it the ‘Reboot Van.’

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Respawn beacons, a non-verbal ping system and jumptowers. These are all features that Epic Games have nabbed from Respawn’s innovative team (so far), by applying a fresh lick of paint and spinning them off as their own.

Now we can add Loot Vaults to that list. Loot Vaults host a mixture of Epic and Legendary loot that can only be accessed when a player holds a Vault Key in their inventory.

Fortnite recently received a vault system as part of the changes that came with its second season. Straight out of Apex Legends’ playbook, the vault system works by the same means as those you’d find while roaming World’s Edge.

And players were quick to throw Epic Games under the proverbial Battle Bus, as they poked fun at Fortnite’s development team on the Apex Legends subreddit.

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While one Reddit user resorted to paraphrasing the dialogue from Marty’s iconic scene in Back to the Future, others used more literal memes.

Another user used the classic ‘can I copy your homework?’ meme to reflect just how much both vault features appear alike.

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Another Redditor took a jab at Epic Games’ development team by using the popular ‘write that down’ meme from the scene where SpongeBob and Patrick are watching Squidward while writing down his actions.

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Of course, Epic Games have largely innovated the battle royale realm by their own accord, with the features that they’ve introduced (such as the building mechanic).

However, Apex Legends’ faithful community has a canny eye and noticed the trend that is beginning to develop. Who knows, perhaps Fortnite will be getting their very own version of Lifeline in an upcoming update? Oh wait...

Fortnite and Apex Legends skins.
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Of course, with all that being said, Fortnite has done its bit for the gaming community as whole. After adopting a season-based model for their content delivery – with the option of a seasonal battle pass – many developers followed in Epic Games' footsteps. So jokes aside, the free-to-play title deserves an abundance of credit.