Fortnite Save the World Leaving Early Access, Epic Winding Down Production of New Content

Fortnite Save the World

Epic Games announced that Fornite's less popular standalone cooperative shooter-survival mode, Save the World, is leaving early access. The developer also noted that Save the World's main story is now complete, and contrary to previous statements, the mode will remain a premium experience rather than switching to free-to-play like Fortnite Battle Royale.

As the production of new content winds down, Epic says that it will be introducing seasonal structure changes, chiefly a pivot to an annual seasonal schedule whereby existing in-game narratives and events will run on a seasonal rotation unique to Save the World and separate from Battle Royale. The existing library of Heroes, Schematics, and Questlines will rotate throughout each season, with a handful of new quests and Heroes trickling in at a slower pace.

Among these is a brand new major feature called Ventures. Described as a season-long excursion, Ventures 'takes place in a seasonal zone with new and unique modifiers to tackle. Each Venture season brings in a path of continued progression and fresh seasonal levels to climb.' The new feature is still in the works, but Epic Games promises a deeper dive as release approaches.

Alongside, Save the World will no longer support upcoming Battle Royale cosmetic purchases as it did previously, but support remains for existing items in both modes.

To placate Save the World's player, who will invariably express some disappointment as the developer effectively brings the curtain down on its efforts on the mode, Epic Games is offering a free upgrade for paid Founders. Founder's Packs will be ‘upgraded to the next level and unlock all the rewards included in the upgraded pack... free, courtesy of Homebase! Ultimate Edition owners will be granted the new Metal Team Leader Pack and 8,000 V-Bucks.'

The Metal Leader Pack arrives this Thursday and features a ‘new Hero, the Papa Bear weapon schematic, Warning Bow Back Bling, the Metal Team leader Challenges, and entry to Save the World at a new $20 price point. These exclusive Save the World challenges will earn you 1,000 V-Bucks, 500 X-Ray Tickets, and a Legendary Troll Stash Llama.'

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