They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so Respawn should be almost pleased that Epic seem to have aped Apex Legends review when it comes to the new pinging system in Fortnite.
Introduced for Season 8, Fortnite players are now able to ping items in their vicinity to highlight them and also double tap the same input to highlight enemies. They didn’t make much of a fuss of this at all in the patch notes, despite how important it may be for squad games with no mics.
Here is a video of it in action.
Fortnite's ping system in action. Tap left to mark items / set waypoints. Double tap left to mark enemies #PS4share pic.twitter.com/axG123aMCs
— James Jarvis (@James_Jarvis) February 28, 2019
Speaking from personal experience, it needs a little bit of work as the highlighting doesn’t feel that “impactful” — it certainly lacks the personality of Caustic trying to sound hard when highlighting a Mozambique. Still, if you have a horde of sweaty soccer skins coming at you (it’s unsurprising to see so many of these new defaults despite it being a new season), you will take any valuable comms you can get.
You could argue that they have pretty much just lifted the mechanic from Apex Legends, but then you get into a different, wider argument about how much battle royale games tend to borrow from each other. Apex, for instance, is bringing out a Battle Pass based on the Fortnite model, which Epic actually borrowed from Dota 2. Fortnite borrowed from PUBG, PUBG borrowed from the Japanese Battle Royale movie, and so on.
Fortnite Season 8 kicked off today and brought a tonne more to its experience than just pinging. Pirates are the order of the day with a new biome to play around in, as well as a heap of map changes. All of the vehicles have been vaulted, which is quite the surprise.
Fortnite players were able to get the Season 8 Battle Pass for free by completing Overtime challenges. It still costs 950 V-Bucks for everyone else.
MORE FORTNITE SEASON 8:
– Fortnite Season 8 Week 1 Loading Screen Battle Star Revealed
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