They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and that's exactly what Epic Games will be doing with Apex Legends' respawn mechanic. Fortnite's version thereof is called the Reboot Van and it's coming in next week's update
In the latest Fortnite: Battle Royale dev update, Epic explained how it works and in short - the only thing they changed from Apex Legends' version is the names.
Fortnite's Reboot Vans will require picking up your fallen comrades' Reboot Cards to revive them. The vans are one-time use only, so if someone beats you to a nearby Reboot Van, you'll have to find another one.
Of course, With the amount of hate (mis)directed at Epic these days, we've no doubt many Apex Legends fans will prefer to use the term stole, but we don't really care about wording as long as the Reboot Van is added - that's how much we want it in Fortnite.
It didn't take long for us to fall in love with Respawn's respawn mechanic - we rate it so highly that we think every single battle royale would be better for including it.
While simple in concept and application, the real genius of Apex Legends' system is in the non-restrictive and non-invasive incentivisation of team play, which is not exactly the battle royale genre's forte.
Team shooters like Overwatch and Paladins are more restrictive in design, relying on fixed teams. You're not incentivised to play in a team - you're locked into it, with the ultimate goal still being improving individual score.
Ironically enough, Apex Legends has provided us with more heartwarming stories of selfless team play in these few months than both the aforementioned games so far combined, which is a true testament of Respawn's genius.
Owing as much of its success to kids-friendly design as to Epic's relentless development schedule, Fortnite's success is unlikely to be matched by anyone soon and any attempts at direct comparisons seem unfair.
That being said, Apex Legends has been a bigger success than even Respawn dared to dream, and Epic's "theft" is proof that even though marketing may bring exposure - clever game design is its own advocate.