Fortnite’s PUBG-like Battle Royale mode is going free

Matt Sayer 21 September 2017 NEWS


Could this be the first true challenge to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' throne?

It didn't take long for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' phenomenal popularity to spawn contenders vying for the Battle Royale crown, with Epic's long-in-development survival shooter Fortnite recently rolling out its aptly titled Battle Royale mode. While Fortnite doesn't necessarily share the precision shooting of PUBG, the addition of crafting and the fact Fortnite is available on consoles gave the mode undeniable appeal.

Now, that appeal is set to grow exponentially thanks to Epic spinning Fortnite's Battle Royale out as a free, standalone download. From 26 September, Fortnite Battle Royale will be free to download and play on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Mac.

To coincide with the move to free-to-play, Fortnite Battle Royale will be updated with support for squads. Best of all, Epic is promising to avoid the common free-to-play pitfall of selling pay-to-win items and, instead, only plans on selling cosmetics sometime in the future.

This is a smart move on Epic's part. Catching PUBG's tremendous lead with another paid game seems impossible right now, but a free-to-play, console-supported contender might just have enough going for it to work.

In other Battle Royale news, you'll want to keep from editing your PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds configuration files if you don't want to get banned.

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