is finally shedding its early access status, and as a result, development of its original Save the World PvE mode will slow down.The news arrives after three years of development, during which the game has become quite the phenomenon after it pivoted from its initial horde mode to battle royale. Recent months have even seen it boasting virtual concerts and Star Wars collaborations, something only one of the world’s most popular video games could carry off.
In a post on the Epic Games blog, the development team revealed that Save the World’s main story “is complete,” but that it will endure as a “premium experience” instead of being free to play. Fortnite players considered to be “Founders” – those who purchased the game at full price – will have their Founder’s Packs upgraded as a result. Save the World mode won’t be able to support all upcoming Battle Royale cosmetics, but existing player libraries will remain in-tact.
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As Save the World winds down, its content will rotate for replayability purposes. A new Ventures mode is coming to the game too, which will feature new season-long excursions in zones with “new and unique modifiers to tackle.” Players can take part in these ventures to progress through the levels, pick up venture-specific rewards and upgrade the items in their personal collection.
In other Fortnite news, the game recently hosted a series of Christopher Nolan movie screenings as part of the Movie Nite at Party Royale’s Big Screen event.
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