Fortnite launches £10 monthly subscription offer in December •

UPDATE: Star Wars crossover character leaks.

UPDATE 3.30pm UK: Amidst a flurry of activity unveiling Fortnite’s new monthly subscription offer, Epic Games appears to have inadvertently revealed a major Star Wars crossover character set for the game next month.

Images showing off skins from next season’s battle pass include a certain popular character front-and-centre, though reliable leak source Shiina has said this does not mean the game’s next season is Star Wars focused, as the current Marvel season has been. Instead, this character is the equivalent of Aquaman a couple of season’s back – a guest in a battle pass otherwise filled with original characters.

ORIGINAL STORY 3.10pm UK: Epic Games has confirmed it will introduce a subscription model to Fortnite, beginning in December.

The subscription, named Fortnite Crew, will cost £9.99 a month here in the UK and $11.99 in the US. It launches on 2nd December alongside the arrival of the game’s Chapter 2 Season 5.

Last month, some Fortnite fans were polled on a potential subscription model, and the ultimate rollout is similar in terms of offerings to what was suggested then.

Your monthly Fortnite Crew subscription will include access to the game’s Battle Pass (typically £7.99, every three months or so), as well as an exclusive cosmetics pack, and a 1000 V-Bucks (£6.49/$8) stipend.

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The cosmetics available in the subscription will never be sold or made available elsewhere, Epic has said, similar to those made available in the game’s battle pass already.

Roughly £10 a month is not cheap – it’s more than a Netflix or Disney+ subscription – and 1000 V-Bucks does not go very far when it comes to Fortnite’s bulging and often brilliant…