Fortnite's PUBG-Style Battle Royale Goes Free-To-Play

Epic has decided to unlock the Battle Royale mode for all platforms next week.


After sending out an invite to Paragon Founders, Epic is making another push to hype up their new Battle Royale mode by making it free-to-play starting on September 26. The mode will be free for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Mac users.

Fortnite, the co-op sandbox scavenging and building experience from Epic Games, has had a solid stretch of success since launching into Early Access and has built upon that with a couple new gameplay modes. The developer celebrated reaching one million players with a horde-like survival mode and followed it up with the Battle Royale mode Epic says was directly inspired by H1Z1 and PUBG.

Epic Games revealed the news by sharing the above trailer and a blog post with some quick facts about this new change. The developers explain that there's no catch for this free-to-play version, even expressing that the team will not be offering any game-influencing microtransactions. They will, however, be offering cosmetic or compendium-like content in the future.

At launch, Battle Royale was only a solo affair against 99 other combatants but the new trailer also showed off teamwork. The dev team is still working on this but they're planning to introduce squads on September 26. If you want a shot at being the last person (or team) alive, the Battle Royale will be available on the Epic PC launcher, Xbox Store, and PlayStation Store.

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    September 20, 2017 8:12 AM

    Charles Singletary posted a new article, Fortnite's PUBG-Style Battle Royale Goes Free-To-Play

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      September 20, 2017 8:53 AM

      Hmmm, might have to try it out!

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      September 20, 2017 9:35 AM

      Downloaded it, will try it today

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        September 20, 2017 10:51 PM

        What platform? It still shows that it costs money for me on PC.

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          September 20, 2017 11:10 PM

          He probably bought one of the early access packs for the original Fortnite game, this new mode was added just a couple weeks ago.

          Battle Royale game mode will go free to play on the 26th, the original co-op game at some point next year I think.

          People who bought founder packs for Paragon also got free access to the battle royale game mode.

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      September 20, 2017 9:37 AM

      I think it'd do better without the crafting and building. But I'll check it out.

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      September 20, 2017 9:45 AM

      ouch, weren't they saying 2018 to go F2P? Sales must of have been...sluggish.

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        September 20, 2017 9:46 AM

        oh, I misread the post. I stand corrected!

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        September 20, 2017 9:47 AM

        It's just the BR part that's gone immediately free. The other mode I think is still not F2P until next year.

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          September 20, 2017 9:50 AM

          Yep, I see that now. And sales sound great!

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      September 20, 2017 9:51 AM

      So which half of the game are they spending the revenues & time investment on now?

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      September 20, 2017 12:06 PM

      It looked bad in the Giant Bomb QuickLook.

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        September 20, 2017 11:32 PM

        It's not bad, it's just not compelling in any way.

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          September 20, 2017 11:34 PM

          I think the idea of creating cover at-will is a bad idea.

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      September 20, 2017 1:55 PM

      I've watched a couple streamers play this the past week, thought it was pretty fun and definitely more arcade-ish than PUBG.

      Still don't understand how the guns and loot work but they seemed to have some sort of RPG stats and different levels of rarity, I guess that's a carry over from their main game mode?

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