Fortnite certainly took the gaming industry by storm when it introduced its free to play Battle Royale mode. It set the gaming world on fire, everywhere you look Fortnite is part of the conversation. Whether its kids talking about it or the seemingly endless wall of merchandise that is being sold at most teen/kid focused stores. There is one thing that many people forget about Fortnite, and that is that it did not originally start as a Battle Royale game. Fortnite “Save The World” was a wave-based survival game, that had players building bases and scavenging for materials during the day, and then fighting off hordes of enemies during the night. It was originally released as a $39.99 standard edition with a promise that the game would go free to play sometime in 2018.  This, however, was before Fortnite Battle Royale blew up to the masses, now it looks like we will have to wait until 2019 if you want to experience the “Save The World” experience free of charge. In a blog post from Epic Games, they had this to say in regards to when “Save The World” would become free to play, and why they had to delay it.

We decided to move the free-to-play launch of Save the World out of this year. 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.

To thank our founders, both new and old, if you log in and play during the Fortnitemares Event, you’ll receive both Brainiac Jonesy and Skull Ranger Ramirez for free!

For those of you who want to start playing right now, we’ve got you. Starting this week, we’ll be hosting a 50% off sale for the Standard, Deluxe, Super Deluxe and Limited Founder’s packs.

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With no official window of when “Save The World” will go free to play, all we can do is wait and see and wait for more info from Epic Games.

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