We knew Fortnite was coming in 2017, and now we know the specific date when you’ll be able to get access — or, more specifically, dates.

Epic’s going to be showing the game off at E3, and has even produced a snazzy new trailer to introduce people to the game. In advance of that, Epic is offering the ability to purchase Founder’s Packs ranging in price from $39.99 to $149.99 for the closed beta which will officially kick off on July 25.

We say “officially,” because a Founder’s Pack nets you a four-day head start, so you can get into the game on July 21. But you’ll still need a Founder’s Pack to play on the 25th, after that head start period ends; Epic says the game won’t be fully free-to-play until sometime in 2018.

It seems that you can currently pre-order a Founder’s Pack to get access on the 21st. If you buy one after the pre-order period has ended, you won’t get in until the 25th. When does that pre-order period end? We don’t know. And it’s a little weird to, essentially, offer early access to early access. But after six years of development, Fortnite fans are probably happy for any chance to play the game.

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.


  1. Founders ..kickstarters.. early access..bullshit bullshit.., 90+% of them are flawed, have no morals, no plan,do not care, are unfinished for massive years, are wastefull. are ignorant. & could be criminal by law for fulfilling their obligations to the tee..
    Its all one great rip off of peoples hard earn’t money.

    • Very True to see a player showing the problem sign in Game industry. I guess i say the MMO itself is caving away piece by piece until it to late recover.


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