Remember that 100-player Fortnite Battle Royale mode that went on the test server last week? Apparently Epic Games is so serious about it that it’s going to be free, right away.

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.

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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.

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  1. NameGoesHere on September 21, 2017

    ah… yes… the same move H1Z1 made…

    which tells you their base game is dying and trying to move to eSport for revenue.

    As such, the base game will soon end up the same as H1Z1’s base game and people will only be playing Battle Royal.

    (BTW, Fornite’s original PvP was like a Battleground of team fight by making bases and defending said base, but since PUBG’s “success”, a lot of game’s PvP mode is being converted or made as BR)

  2. NoName on September 21, 2017

    ah… yes… the same move H1Z1 made…

    which tells you their base game is dying and trying to move to eSport for revenue.

    As such, the base game will soon end up the same as H1Z1’s base game and people will only be playing Battle Royal.

    (BTW, Fornite’s original PvP was like a Battleground of team fight by making bases and defending said base, but since PUBG’s “success”, a lot of game’s PvP mode is being converted or made as BR)

  3. LUL on September 21, 2017

    ah… yes… the same move H1Z1 made…

    which tells you their base game is dying and trying to move to eSport for revenue.

    As such, the base game will soon end up the same as H1Z1’s base game and people will only be playing Battle Royal.

    (BTW, Fornite’s original PvP was like a Battleground of team fight by making bases and defending said base, but since PUBG’s “success”, a lot of game’s PvP mode is being converted or made as BR)

  4. Jafarson on September 20, 2017

    nice game, i played this about 10 matches, one thing that i hate about battle royale is third person view. you sit behind wall or smth, move camera around and see everything, thats how people camping for minutes… wish they could make it first person view mode or smth as PUBG

  5. Curst on September 20, 2017

    This situation somehow feels to me like Everquest Next (or H1Z1) development in reverse. A move like that won’t get me to buy the game (or even download it for battle royale since find the genre uninteresting), but it makes me hopeful. Maybe they won’t discontinue the game or do a complete 180° turn on payment model in the end. One can only hope.

  6. Drion on September 20, 2017

    Dont know if its a great move or not? But I think I will give it a try anyway.

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