Remember when Fortnite was first announced? Back then it was an “action building” co-op multiplayer shooter where the idea was for teams to scavenge an area for items to build a fort before waves of monsters attacked players. Then… well, battle royale happened. That said, the so-called Save the World mode was still set to launch out of its early access as a free-to-play title.
However, both of those things have changed. Epic Games has announced that Save the World is officially out of early access (as is Battle Royale and Creative) but will remain “a premium experience rather than going free-to-play.” Furthermore, development of new content for the mode will slow down, though the announcement promises replayability in the form of Ventures, which are season-long excursions in a seasonal zone with new modifiers to tackle as well as a path of continued progression and seasonal levels to climb.
All those who bought Founders packs for Fortnite will have their packs upgraded to the next level and get all associated rewards for free, while those who bought in to the Ultimate edition will get a new Metal Team Leader Pack and 8,000 V-Bucks. That Metal Team Leader Pack, incidentally, will be available for purchase this coming Thursday.
For fans of the original Fortnite mode, this is likely a matter of confirming the writing on the wall, only now that writing is in embossed font.