Fortnite Leaves Early Access: Save the World Not Going Free-to-Play

In a Save the World Update - State of Development post, Epic Games announces that Fortnite no longer carries the Early Access label. The Early Access period lasted just a bit more than a fortnight, as the survival/battle royale game is approaching its third anniversary. They say the Save the World survival mode will remain a premium release, and will not go free-to-play like the Battle Royale and Creative modes. They also introduce an annual recurring seasonal structure that includes Ventures, a new seasonal progression, seasonal structure changes, and new Save the World packs that will roll out starting Thursday. Word is: "While the main story of Save the World is complete, there are still adventures to be had. Continue battling the Husks in Twine Peaks, take on each Save the World seasonal event, or evolve your collection by completing each Venture’s season… the choice is yours." Here's an overview:
Today we’re bringing Save the World out of Early Access and have decided that it will remain a premium experience rather than going free-to-play. Development of new content will slow down after this official release, but the adventure doesn’t end here for Save the World.

All paid Founders will have their Founder’s Packs upgraded to the next level and unlock all the rewards included in the upgraded pack... free, courtesy of Homebase! Ultimate Edition owners will be granted the new Metal Team Leader Pack and 8,000 V-Bucks.

The legacy Early Access label will also be removed from Battle Royale and Creative game modes, a holdover from our initial Save the World launch. Over the coming months Save the World will no longer be able to support all upcoming Fortnite Battle Royale cosmetic purchases, but your existing library of cosmetics will continue to function in both modes. We’ll let everyone know via the Homebase Status Report when this change will take place.
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