KEY POINTS

  • "Fortnite: Save the World" is finally out of Early Access after nearly three years of donning the label 
  • New content for "Save the World" will slow down as a result of the shift
  • Epic Games is also poised to transition into "Ventures," a new seasonal event with new modifiers

Finally, after nearly three years of donning an Early Access cape, “Fortnite: Save the World” is ditching the label and is poised to turn in a new leaf as the game's popularity grows exponentially worldwide.

Over the years, “Fortnite” has been a fan favorite, especially when it decided to shift from its original horde mode to battle royale mode. Since then, it has amassed millions of players, organized countless tournaments and more recently, collaborated with pop icons such as “Star Wars” and rapper Travis Scott with virtual concerts.

“Today we're bringing Save the World out of Early Access and have decided that it will remain a premium experience rather than going free-to-play,” said the Fortnite team in a state of development post on the game's official website.

800px-Fortnite_at_E3_2018_(42781993231) Fortnite event Photo: Sergey Galyonkin

The team, however, said that the development of new content for “Save the World” will “slow down” following its official release, but it doesn't mean that the adventure will stop for the Player Versus Environment (PvE) title.

What Epic Games wanted to relay is that those who want to play “Save the World” will have to pay a certain amount to enjoy the game. Those who bought the Founders Pack will have their, well, packs upgraded to the next level, while Ultimate Edition owners will receive a new Metal Team Leader Pack and 8,000 V-Bucks.

The slowdown in content development will enable Epic Games to transition into Ventures, a new seasonal event where players will have new and unique modifiers to tackle.

“Conquering challenges in Ventures will earn you seasonal experience which impacts the level of difficulty you encounter, weapons you find and the seasonal rewards that you earn,” the blog said, adding that those who reach higher seasonal Ventures will unlock Supercharger materials that can raise the level of items in their main collection.

In addition, Epic Games is also eyeing to introduce an “annual recurring seasonal schedule” where existing in-game narratives and events will continue on a seasonal rotation that is unique to “Save the World” and separate from “Battle Royale.” As such, heroes, schematics and questlines will rotate in each season, while new quests and heroes “coming in at a slower pace.”