The free-to-play launch of Save the World, Fortnite’s FvE mode, is not going to happen this year despite expectations. The developer Epic Games has confirmed that this mode’s free-to-play launch will now take place in 2019. It says that the need for “features, reworks, and backend system scaling” has compelled it to delay the launch to next year.
Epic believes that those changes are required to go free-to-play. So it has decided to take the time to do this right. This means that the mode’s free-to-play launch will not take place later this year as was previously promised.
“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,” it said in a blog post.
Epic is making up for this delay by offering players a 50 percent discount on Standard, Deluxe, Super Deluxe, and Limited Founder’s packs. Those who already own a Founder’s pack and log in to play during the Fortnitemares Event will receive Brainiac Jonesy and Skull Ranger Ramirez for free.
Epic is also building an investment refund feature that will activate when it makes significant changes to schematics, heroes, survivors, defenders, and any other items that players have upgraded. It will be an opt-in process at launch. Epic will flag the item that has been re-balanced and players will be able to choose to de-level if they want. No items will be de-leveled automatically once this system is in place.