One of the best things to happen to Fortnite might have been the release of Apex Legends.
Anyone who played Fortnite during Season 7 knows the impact that Apex Legends had on the game. This was the first time – and possibly the only time – that Fortnite has had a direct competitor in the Battle Royale market.
Apex Legends released under the cover of darkness on February 4, 2019. No hype, no promotion; nothing. With the backing of EA, Respawn Entertainment paid Fortnite streamers to promote their new game and Apex took off from there.
Finally, for the first time in a long time, there was a new game to get excited about. Apex Legends was a fresh take on Battle Royale that also offered several improvements from past games. You could revive your teammates, communicate without a microphone, and the looting/attachment system was easy to understand.
Epic Games felt the heat and made substantial changes to Fortnite that almost all players viewed as positive.
They implemented a ‘pinging’ system almost immediately. Siphon was enabled in all playlists and Reboot Vans followed in the next season. Epic even gave us the first Share the Love Event with a chance to earn the Season 8 Battle Pass for free.
Siphon was eventually removed from public Fortnite matches, but the impact of Apex Legends remains evident. Unfortunately, as the hype surrounding Apex began to waver, Fortnite started to rest on its laurels once again.
Apex couldn’t keep pace with Fortnite’s constant updates. Before long, Fortnite retook the title of the most-played BR game. The popularity of Apex Legends never totally diminished, though.
As Fortnite players, we can only hope that Apex Legends Season 4, released today, is another shot in the arm to Epic Games. The better the competition, the harder Epic will work to keep Fortnite on top.
The release of Apex Legends brought us some of the best months in Fortnite history. We shouldn’t take that for granted. Let’s hope we can relive this again, soon.