Fortnite hasn’t been subtle about its inspiration from other games. It has used several features that other titles did first.
Minecraft had been building for years when Epic Games implemented the mechanic into its Battle Royale game. Apex Legends introduced reset stations, and soon after, Fortnite implemented them as well.
This is not uncommon in games because it is nearly impossible to copyright a game mechanic. Once something is invented or added to a title, other games can implement it if they wish. It doesn’t always look good, but it happens all the time.
There are still other features that battle royale games have that Fortnite doesn’t. They don’t generally copy other games, but there are some features that Epic would be wise to take from other Battle Royales.
Fortnite: features that must be implemented from similar games
Some Battle Royale games and many other titles have a day and night cycle, and Epic may want to consider adding this to their modes. In this mode, the game works similarly to The Hunger Games.
At one point during that event, the hunting and fighting stopped for the night. It was an opportunity to rest and restart.
Fortnite would benefit from having a bit of time where players weren’t always on the edge looking for enemies.
3) First person view
Most of the other shooters follow the first person point of view. The third-person point of view sets the game apart, but adding an alternate view to a different game mode could be a game changer.
Having both views available, similar to how build and Zero Build are available, would appeal to a whole new audience.
Fortnite does a lot of things well, which is why so many players play it, but adding an alternate mode with a different view would likely attract the remaining ones and increase the overall player base.
This is reportedly in development, so there’s a real chance it will be added to the game at some point. It will be one of the final few things that Fortnite didn’t make other battle royales do.
2) Instant playback mode
Once players die, they may want to go into replay mode to find out what happened or how they can improve. They may also want to see how well they performed against their eventual killer so they can tell how close or how far they came from winning. This is useful for those who want to improve.
However, getting into playback mode is a hassle, which is why hardly anyone does it. Users have to exit the match, find the replay mode, select the correct one and load it.
Other battle royales have instant replays available, and that’s another thing Fortnite needs to add. Doing so would generally improve the quality of the player base and make replay worth using.
1) kill camera
Looking is fine, but what the game really needs is a camera to kill. Anyone who has played Call of Duty knows that it is beneficial to immediately see how they died.
In Fortnite, this would not be the full match replay mode, but how they died while waiting. It would probably be more beneficial than watching.
Kill cams can be shown from multiple angles, showing players exactly where they went wrong.
Note: This article is subjective and reflects the views of the author.