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Fortnite’s Save the World finally leaves early access, no plans to go free to play

Fortnite is dropping its early access label, Epic Games announced on Tuesday, as part of a change to the game’s original survival mode, Save the World.

More importantly, Epic said that it’s reversing plans to make Save the World free to play, and will slow down development of the mode, which has long been overshadowed by Fortnite’s battle royale component. Save the World will also “no longer be able to support all upcoming Fortnite Battle Royale cosmetic purchases, but your existing library of cosmetics will continue to function in both modes.”

While Epic said that new content for Save the World will slow down, “the adventure doesn’t end here for Save the World.” On the game’s official blog, Epic wrote, “All paid Founders will have their Founder’s Packs upgraded to the next level and unlock all the rewards included in the upgraded pack … free, courtesy of Homebase! Ultimate Edition owners will be granted the new Metal Team Leader Pack and 8,000 V-Bucks.”

Fortnite’s Save the World mode is getting a new feature called Ventures, a “season-long excursion that takes place in a seasonal zone with new and unique modifiers to tackle.” Each seasonal Venture will have new challenges where players can earn seasonal experience and seasonal rewards.

Ventures will also usher in a new annual seasonal schedule, Epic said: “As we roll out Ventures, we’re shifting to an annual recurring seasonal schedule where existing in-game narratives and events, such as Frostnite and Dungeons, will continue on a seasonal rotation unique to Save the World and separate from Battle Royale.”

More details are available at Epic’s website.


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