Fortnite Leaves Early Access Today

By Alistair Jones on at

After three years as one of the biggest games in the world, Fortnite is finally abandoning its 'early access' label. In an announcement today, Epic discussed the future of the game's Save the World mode, which has been almost entirely overshadowed by its battle royale.

Epic starts by reminding players that Fortnite is nearly three years old. That looming anniversary is reason enough to bring it out of early access, but that will mean a few changes. Most notably, Epic's U-turning on its decision to make Save the World free-to-play, stating that it "will remain a premium experience." New content, however, will "slow down," although there will be a focus on "long term replayability" via 'Ventures' - season-long sets of challenges and progression.

Those changes also mean that "the legacy Early Access label will also be removed from Battle Royale and Creative game modes." Epic suggests that that label was "a holdover from our initial Save the World launch," although it's long been suggested that the decision has been at least partly fuelled by the game's extremely fast update schedule. Whatever the reason, it's still a momentous day - I never thought we'd ever get to see Fortnite actually come out.