Epic Games have revealed that the paid component of Fortnite dubbed Fortnite: Save the World, will not be launching as a free-to-play title in 2018 after all, since the company is still working on features they deem necessary to do so.
According to the post on Epic's website, the company needs more time to implement "a broad set of features, reworks and backend system scaling" to Fortnite: Save the World, before they can confidently launch it into free to play waters.
As a gift to the game's founders, logging in during Fortnitemares Event will earn players free Braniac Jonesy and Skull Ranger Ramirez. Epic also reminded that Save the World has grown consistently and that Fortnite overall has experienced unprecedented growth, albeit Fortnite: Battle Royale is certainly the biggest culprit there.
Other than offering 50 per cent off on all the founder's packages of Fortnite: Save the World, Epic announced that they're reorganising menu options and tailoring some older UI tutorial quests to the new callout system. The end goal is to "move more of your Fortnite experience into the game rather than in the front-end".
As for the good news that concern non-cheapskates, Fortnite: Save the World is getting an updated hero system, redesigned for easier customising of loadouts. Epic doubled the hero slots to six, with the goal to increase the variety of possible loadouts.
The company also addressed concerns over changes to stuff that has been upgraded by Fortnite: Save the World players, adding that an investment refund feature is in the works. It will activate "whenever [Epic] make significant changes to schematics, heroes, survivors, defenders or any other items you’ve upgraded". It's an opt-in feature that will notify you of rebalanced items, letting you choose whether to de-level or not.
Note that Fortnite: Save the World's investment refund feature will initially only cover heroes that are impacted by new systems, with Epic investigating how to go about refunding other materials as well.