In case you didn’t know, Epic Games’ Fortnite is adding a “battle royale” PvP mode that’s not unlike PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. While Fortnite is still in paid Early Access, the publisher has now announced that Fortnite Battle Royale (that’s what they’re calling it) will be free for everyone starting this September 26!
Those not familiar with how battle royale games work, it’s a 100-player strong PvP world which will allow you to find weapons, supplies and as part of Fortnite’s base game mechanics, build structures.
Over on Reddit, the full details has been revealed. If you’re a PC player and bought Battle Royale last week, you can ask for a refund as per Epic Games’ instructions.
Is Battle Royale really free?
Yes, starting on September 26. We launched a public test and it worked better than we expected. We want the game to reach as many players as possible, so we decided to release Battle Royale for free sooner than we anticipated.
Squads. Where are the squads?
Squads are coming 9/26. We’ll share more details in the Fortnite Release Notes.
Where are the vehicles?
We are prototyping some ideas but don’t know how they will fit into the game. We’ll let you know more soon.
Will you add more maps?
Yes, but not right away.
What else are you working to immediately improve or add?
We’re working to improve the feel of combat, controls, weapons and movement. We’re also working to streamline inventory management.
I bought the game for the PvP Battle Royale mode on PC last week. Since it’s free now, can I have a refund?
Yes. If you purchased Fortnite between Sept. 12 and Sept. 19 to get access to Battle Royale, and you would like a refund, contact us and we’ll give you one. Fortnite Battle Royale will still be available to you for free.
Why did Epic make only Battle Royale free? When will the whole game be free?
We still have a lot of features to add before the PvE campaign is complete. We will launch the Save the World PvE campaign for free in 2018.
Now that Battle Royale is free, does that mean that PvP development is complete? No. Fortnite is still in development and we will continue to improve and expand both the PvE Save the World Campaign and PvP game modes.
Does Battle Royale mean that Fortnite is abandoning PvE?
No. The team has big plans and is continuing to add features and develop new modes to play, including the previously announced “Block Party” mode. Stay tuned for some spooky details on our October updates soon.
Will my progress in Fortnite PvE campaign transfer over into Battle Royale?
For now, PvE and PvP are not connected and we don’t know if Battle Royale will eventually connect to the Fortnite Campaign. We are considering cosmetic connections between PvE and PvP and compendium-like content, but we’re still figuring it out. Let us know what you think would be cool.
Will Fortnite Battle Royale be pay-to-win?
No. We will not sell items that give a competitive advantage. At some point in the future we will sell other things including cosmetics or compendium-like content.
What if I want to purchase the Save the World Campaign?
You can purchase a Founder’s Pack on PC here or through the PlayStation and Xbox stores.
You can check out more details (a lot more) on Epic Games’ forums.
This is definitely an awesome move by Epic Games. Stay tuned for our impressions once we get our hands on this free mode.