It's easy to forget that Fortnite actually has a game mode that isn't Battle Royale. The game started out as a survival coop zombie tower defence experience in 2017, titled simply Fortnite. The additional title of Save the World only came along to distinguish it from its sibling game mode: Battle Royale. Although the public eye has overwhelmingly been on Fortnite Battle Royale, development of Fortnite: Save the World has been pottering on in the background.
In a recent blog post, Epic Games announced that the release of Fortnite: Save the World has been delayed to 2019. When it does release, the game will also be going free to play (currently, its full price sits at $39.99/€39.99/£34.99). Accompanying this announcement is a 50% sale on the game, so you can now get it for $19.99. How long this sale will last isn't specified.
"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."
Further updates on the development of the Fortnite: Save the World include improvements to the UI and the addition of the new Hero System. This new system gives players more choice when customizing their heroes and their loadouts. Players who have spent materials to upgrade items that have been rebalanced will be given the option of refunding their investment. Effectively, this will roll the item back to its first level and give the player back what they've spent on it.
Epic Games stated that the new hero system will be covered more comprehensively in a future blog post.
What do you think of Epic delaying the full release of Fortnite Save the World? Do you think when it becomes Free To Play that more of the players will hop over? Are you surprised that they're still working on it?