Battle Royale, Fortnite’s main attraction, can be downloaded for free on practically any modern device you could name. Save the World, Fortnite’s oft-ignored co-op PVE mode, requires players to actually drop some money before they can enjoy it. But today’s big Fortnite patch makes it seem as if the game is readying itself to remedy that problem.
In the Save the World section of the patch notes, Epic Games says that “Quests, missions alerts, and daily login rewards will now grant X-Ray Tickets instead of V-Bucks to players who are non founders. Paid Founders will not be affected by this change.” V-Bucks are Fortnite’s in-game currency, and Save The World partially justified its price tag by giving players another way to earn V-Bucks that would normally cost money.
Here’s the thing: Both standard Fortnite packs available for purchase right now are technically Founder’s Packs. So what are the patch notes referring to when they say “non founders”? Could this be referring to Save the World soon going full free-to-play? Epic Games did not immediately respond for comment.
Update: An Epic Games spokesperson clarified that some players may not be founders — such as Xbox One fans who game-share. (Most people purchasing Save the World are likely getting Founder’s Packs, though, as these are the most prominent ways to acquire the game.) A newly-posted blog further details X-Ray tickets “can be earned by taking part in quests, missions alerts, and daily login rewards. You’ll be able to use this currency exclusively on X-Ray Llamas within Save the World and does not cross over into Battle Royale.” Epic Games told Polygon, “We haven’t announced anything regarding timing for a F2P release.”
Save the World’s move to F2P has been a long-time coming, as the shift was originally planned for 2018. This move was pushed back, with Epic Games explaining that it’s “working on a broad set of features, reworks, and backend system scaling we believe are needed to go free-to-play.” It stands to reason that the developer is likely aiming for a 2019 release now, and these Save The World V-Buck changes are meant to reflect the eventual move.
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