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Fortnite Is Having an Exposure Dilemma

Revisiting Fortnite's 'Save the World' Mode

Written by Gregory Allen III on September 6th, 2018.

Come this September 26th, Fortnite Battle Royale will officially turn one year old. In less than a year, Fortnite has received some of the largest exposure the gaming industry has ever seen, to the point of mainstream media covering stories on the game. However, Fortnite never meant to have a battle royale mode. Due to the massive success of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Epic Games tried its hand with adding battle royale. Unfortunately, the original Save the World mode was left behind as a result.

Fortnite Save the World is a sandbox survival mode where the player and up to three friends scavenge and build forts to defend against a storm that spawns husks. These are zombie-like creatures that serve no other purpose than to kill you. Epic Games released Save the World as paid early access on July 25th, 2017 and since then has seen growth, but nothing compared to Battle Royale. Since its early access release, Epic Games has seemed to shift its focus from Save the World to Battle Royale. Their social media has become much more silent about Save the World since. For example, the last tweet that exclusively applied to Save the World was on July 30th, 2018. This was the last day they were selling the mode for a reduced price.

In addition, many skins released in Battle Royale have made their way into Save the World as heroes. This shows that Save the World is deriving content from its sibling mode. Epic has previously stated that the early access mode will be available in a free-to-play format some time in 2018. We are entering the final quarter of the year soon and there’s no official news circulating about Save the World going free-to-play from Epic Games itself.

While nothing is confirmed, Save the World appears to have been set aside by Epic, although the mode still has a solid footing with varied mechanics. It will be interesting to see where Epic takes Save the World now that their paid-to-play time frame is coming to a close swiftly.


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Hello! I'm Greg but online I'm often known as StarkiSama-sama. Right now I'm currently a junior in high school, and I don't have much of an idea of what I want to do with my life yet. My favorite activities would have to be playing video games, watching anime and experimenting with PC hardware. I also create videos on YouTube and live stream on Twitch.

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