Fortnite is a game that's always changing. While some of those changes are due to the continued tweaking of internal teams, others are due to the influence of other games.
One of the biggest, and most obvious, mechanics taken from other battle royale games is the new inclusion of the respawn buss in team-based modes.
For the first time ever, players will be able to get a second chance after they are taken down by opponents and can contribute to their team's victories by bringing others back to life.
What Are Respawn Busses?
With the addition of a respawn mechanic, teams can now theoretically bring back players to create more of a back and forth in the game.
It's now possible to be eliminated in the early seconds of the game and to get a second win just minutes later, something that will definitely create new strategies and that will likely change the balance of team play.
When Were They Added?
This certainly isn't the only new thing coming in the patch, but it's probably the most exciting thing that you're going to find in the game.
Reboot Bus Mechanics
Reboot Vans are stationed in each one of the areas of the map, allowing players to bring their dead teammates back to life so long as they have the right materials.
This isn't an instant resurrection, though, nor is it one that brings back a teammate with all of his or her gear. As with most parts of the game, respawning a downed teammate will have both risks and rewards associated with the prospect.
How Keycards Work
When you play Fortnite in a team mode, you'll get a new item added to your loot table. When you die, a keycard will drop and stay on the ground for ninety seconds.
Multiple cards can be used on a single van, so there's definitely some merit to the idea of running around collecting the cards of the fallen before you move on to a van.
What Other Players See
This will not only allow players a great chance to stop the respawn in progress but to take out the other squad members who are trying to bring back their lost teammates.
This is actually a pretty clever mechanic, as it puts anyone trying to bring back a teammate in a great deal of danger and makes the respawn mechanic something that will inevitably involve a great deal of strategy.
What Happens When You Respawn
You will have 100 health, a common pistol with 36 ammo, and 100 wood. This is enough to get most players back into the fight, but it's not enough to give anyone any kind of advantage when they respawn.
Whether this change ends up being something that makes the game better is yet to be seen, but it's certainly something with which players are going to have to deal for at least the immediate future.
In time, the mechanic will be proven to be either a great addition to the game or just an attempt to cash in on the flavor of the month.