When Fortnite Battle Royale goes live on Sept. 26, it will be free for all players on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 4 — no Founder’s Pack purchase required. So even if you haven’t played Fortnite yet, you can hop into Battle Royale mode via its own icon on the Epic Games launcher or PS4/Xbox store. In effect, the Battle Royale mode is its own free-to-play game.
Of course, no free-to-play game is ever truly free, so Fortnite Battle Royale will have … no microtransactions? That’s how it’s going to be at launch anyway, with Epic Games promising that
“we will not sell items that give a competitive advantage. At some point in the future we will sell other things including cosmetics or compendium-like content.”
So for now, maybe Epic is using Battle Royale mode as Fortnite’s “free trial” to let people try something that vaguely resembles the main game. It’s an odd tactic, but Epic’s always done things a little odd when it comes to Fornite.