Fortnite has recently introduced its own ping system. While Epic would never admit that it is scared of the threat Apex Legends poses to Fortnite's dominance, that doesn't mean it won't steal some of its better ideas.
Fortnite Season 8 officially arrived this past Thursday and has brought a lot of changes and improvements to the game along with it. Many players are of the belief that Epic's hand has been forced by the release and immense popularity of Battle Royale rival, Apex Legends. While Fortnite is never short of alterations, Season 8 has taken that to the next level.
While Epic would never admit that Apex Legends is better than Fortnite in any way, there is no getting around the fact that the latter could steal a few of the former's ideas. During a Reddit AMA last week, Epic officials admitted that they have been working on introducing an Apex-like respawn system to Fortnite. We have been promised more on that during Season 8 so keep your eyes peeled for news.
While Apex's respawn system has not been stolen by Fortnite (yet), its ping system has. In Apex Legends, players are able to place markers, or ping, on different items, locations, and even enemies as to alert their teammates. Prior to yesterday, the only way in which Fortnite players could do this was to set a marker indicating where they want to land or travel to next.
However, this is no longer the case. Fortnite now has its own ping system. The game's World Markers can now be used to highlight the presence of a weapon, an item, or, you guessed it, to alert your fellow squad members where nearby enemies are hiding out. To place a "danger" World Marker, players need to double-click the designated marker button or place it while looking down the sights of a weapon.
Fortnite: Can I borrow your homework?— TmarTn (@TmarTn) February 28, 2019
Apex: Yeah, just make sure to change it a little
As you might have guessed, players have not relented in giving Epic stick for shamelessly employing Apex Legends' ping system. However, those who play both games will not be complaining. Unlike some other Fortnite updates, its own take on the ping system seems to have been universally welcomed. It is one of the best differences about Apex when compared to Fortnite, so it would have been silly of Epic not to incorporate it into its own game.