Fortnite: Save the World won’t be going free-to-play this year after all

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Fortnite, the biggest Battle Royale game on the planet right now, didn’t start out that way. For many, that’s all Fortnite is – but fans of the arguably better Save the World co-op campaign remember that the game started out as a PvE co-op shooter with building elements. The mode that started it all was meant to go free-to-play this year, but that’s changed.

In a blog post, Epic has said that Fortnite’s Save The World Campaign will continue to be a paid, early-access game through 2018.

“We decided to move the free-to-play launch of Save the World out of this year. We’re working on a broad set of features, reworks, and backend system scaling we believe are needed to go free-to-play. Save the World has grown consistently since our launch in July 2017 and Fortnite overall has experienced unprecedented growth. Scaling up for the legions of player heroes who will be joining the fight is key to providing an excellent experience. This applies to all of our players, old and new, so we’re taking the time to get this right.”

It means that Fortnite StW players who were hoping they’d have more friends to play with will have to wait a little longer. While it seems to many that most development resource is going towards the unquestionably more popular (and better earning) Battle Royale mode, Epic promises that there is plenty coming for players, including a reworked UI and a new Hero system

“This system has been redesigned to offer a more flexible approach to customizing your loadout with more options and room for creativity. You’ll have a total of six Hero slots to manage up from the previous three. First choosing a main Hero to command and up to five additional which will determine your perks and traits. We’re looking to expand the variety of loadouts you can create – putting the tools in your hands to make meaningful new decisions.”

Last Updated: October 22, 2018

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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