Fortnite’s popularity is mostly due to its battle royale mode, but the game originally launched as a co-op experience that still exists in the game’s for-pay Save the World mode. Players need to purchase a $39.99 “founder’s pack” to play Save the World, but Epic Games has stated that the mode will become free in 2018.
That’s no longer the case.
“We decided to move the free-to-play launch of Save the World out of this year,” the Fortnite Team explained in an official blog post. “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.”
The game will be available for 50 percent off for a limited time however, and it’s a pretty good way to farm V-bucks if you’re interested in that sort of thing. Epic Games has given no other indication of when the game may become free, and there are currently no plans to bring this mode to the Nintendo Switch.