In a state-of-development blog post, Epic Games revealed the fate of Fortnite’s co-op mode ‘Save The World.’
While Fortnite: Battle Royale is free-to-play, ‘Save The World’ (the original Fortnite mode) is still pay-to-play. Unfortunately, that isn’t changing any time soon. While a 2018 move to free-to-play was originally the plan, that’s no longer the case:
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.
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In other words, the game just isn’t ready. From what little I’ve played of Save The World, I tend to agree. It’s rough around the edges. It’s also remarkably different than Battle Royale in lots of small ways (obviously it’s quite different in terms of PvE vs PvP.)
Waiting until the game is in better shape to launch to the masses is the smart move, even if it is disappointing. For players who really enjoy buying skins in Fortnite, it still may be worth paying to play as you can earn quite a few V-Bucks in STW which you can then spend in the battle royale portion of the game.