With how immensely popular Fortnite has become over the last three years, it can be hard to remember that the game was never left “early access.” Originally launched as Fortnite: Save the World, developer Epic Games quickly transitioned into the burgeoning battle royale sub-genre and the rest is history. It’s probably the best “Hail Mary” play in the history of the game’s industry.
Regardless of how polished the title is or how ubiquitous it has become in online gaming, Epic has still yet to make a transition into final release…until now! With the upcoming third anniversary of Fortnite happening at the end of July, Epic is making a symbolic gesture of removing the “early access” moniker and will be considering Fortnite as a final product starting today.
“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,” reads the official blog post. “Development of new content will slow down after this official release, but the adventure doesn’t end here for Save the World.”
The same will go for the battle royale portion of Fortnite. Epic isn’t halting updates or even slowing down on them, but Fortnite is clearly well beyond the level of quality that early access would imply. The only major change that this full release will bring is that cosmetic purchases from the battle royale portion will stop carrying over to Save the World.
“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.” Epic has stated it will inform players when this change is final so they can make the proper purchasing decisions for costumes.
The rest of the blog post details how Save the World will be updated in the future. With a new system Epic is calling “Ventures,” it seems seasonal updates are in store for the more campaign oriented companion. You can read about that over on the blog. I’m mostly just surprised it has taken this long for Epic to stop pretending Fortnite is still a work-in-progress.
Source: Epic Games