Today we saw the new Fortnite 13.20 update launch. Along with all the usual new additions to battle royale, players got a huge surprise when it came to Save The World.
Save The World is the PVE aspect of Fortnite focusing on tower defense and eliminating husks (zombies). In a blog post, Epic said the game will no longer be going free to play as planned and that updates for the game will slow down and instead old content will just be rotated in. While Save The World was definitely not the money maker when it came to Fortnite, it still had a hardcore community who are now very disappointed with the news:
Fortnite has always been in a constant state of evolution since we first began development, and so much has changed over the years as we’ve played and developed the game with you. As we near the three-year anniversary of Fortnite and Save the World’s release, we wanted to share an update on our development plans.
Since the launch of Save the World’s Early Access period, we’ve added a vast collection of unique Heroes and Schematics, an overhaul of the Front End and Hero Loadouts, a weapon recombobulation system, a climactic narrative experience, and more that has shaped Save the World into a massive-collection-RPG experience.
Today we’re bringing Save the World out of Early Access and have decided that it will remain a premium experience rather than going free-to-play. Development of new content will slow down after this official release, but the adventure doesn’t end here for Save the World.
All paid Founders will have their Founder’s Packs upgraded to the next level and unlock all the rewards included in the upgraded pack… free, courtesy of Homebase! Ultimate Edition owners will be granted the new Metal Team Leader Pack and 8,000 V-Bucks.
The legacy Early Access label will also be removed from Battle Royale and Creative game modes, a holdover from our initial Save the World launch. Over the coming months Save the World will no longer be able to support all upcoming Fortnite Battle Royale cosmetic purchases, but your existing library of cosmetics will continue to function in both modes. We’ll let everyone know via the Homebase Status Report when this change will take place.
The game will now cost a standard $19.99 instead of the different Founders Editions that were previously available. Whether this is the beginning of the end for the Save The World portion of Fortnite remains to be seen, but it is definitely disheartening for a lot of the core players.