Fortnite's Battle Royale is the more popular game mode in Epic's hit free-to-play online shooter. It's funny how Epic Games first launched Fortnite as a PvE title, and now it's impossible to see it not being a BR game. The main difference between the two modes is that one is free, and the other requires you to cough up $39.99 upfront. Since the battle royale phenomenon in the 2010s, BR games have been popping up left and right in the scene and are looking to be a mainstay in the gaming genre. With that in mind, players have often asked how much is Fortnite Save the World? And is it worth it?
What is Fortnite: Save the World?
Fortnite: Save the WorFortnite'snite's paid co-op PvE game. This mode is the original Fortnite, where it all began; the massively successful Battle Royalewouldn'tuldn't exist without it. Save the World was initially released on 25th July 2017 and has been in development for the last three years.
Save the World is a tower-defense survival shooter that supports up to 4 players. The game has various missions based on building around an objective and defending it from hordes of zombies. Players can use characters c "lled "H" roes," with four classes to choose from – Soldier, Constructor, Ninja, and Outlander – and use unique combinations of Heroes to create their Loadouts. Heroes have unique abilities and perks and can also use ranged or melee weapons and gadgets. Four zones in the game unlock as the player levels up Stonewood, Plankerton, Canny Valley, and Twine Peaks.
The first three zones have actively been developed over the last two years, while Twine Peaks still shares the same environments as Stonewood. This zone was expected to be developed and fully fleshed out over the next few years. The game was also expected to go free-to-play in late 2018, but Epic eventually opted to move the game to pay-to-play in June 2020.
How Much is Fortnite: Save the World?
Save the World is a PvE action-building co-op campaign that costs $39.99. There are also optional packs that players can choose to buy that give other cosmetics, challenges, and the like.
The Changes Made to Fortnite: Save the World
Since Epic Games has canceled the free-to-play plans, the game will continue to be offered at a premium price. It has also been announced that development will slow down from here onwards. Players who have paid Founder's Pack will get a free upgrade, and players who own the highest edition (Ultimate Edition) will get 8,000 V-bucks and the new Metal Team Leader pack.
The Metal Team Leader pack is available for all players to buy at $20, with the following offerings:
- A new Hero
- A new Papa Bear weapon schematic
- Warning Bow Back Bling
- Metal Team leader Challenges (which will reward a Legendary Troll Stash Llama, 1000 V-Bucks, and 500 X-Ray Tickets)
- Access to Save the World
Note that already owning Save the World will not reduce the price of this pack.
The Early Access label has now been removed from all Fortnite modes. Fortnite: Save the World will also stop supporting new cosmetics introduced in Battle Royale (which could, till now be shared between the two game modes). However, the skins you own until this comes into action will be forever useable between these modes. Tickets will also replace V-Buck rewards for all future players.
Is Save the World Easy to Play?
Regardless if you've built a fleet of houses in real life or if you don't know the difference between a hammer and a nail, you'll enjoy the building aspect of Fortnite. That's a guarantee. Some people don't like having to do it in the Battle Royale mode because it can be very stressful, but the pressure is much lower in the Save the World mode. Again, we focus here on teamwork and goofing around. For heaven's sake, there's a giant llama fort in the trailer! If that wasn't a telltale sign that this would be a grand time for players, I don't know what is.
The building mechanic is intuitive and smooth. I've played some building games where I wanted to strangle the developers because the stupid wall wouldn't snap in place, but if Fortnite has any bugs like that, I haven't found them yet or even heard of them. You get to pick from a variety of materials and structures, which, combined with a glorious editing system, literally makes the only limit your imagination. Want to build a giant lama like the trailer? Then get out there and make yourself a four-hundred-foot beast!
Some people have called Fortnite a boiling pot, where the developers took pieces from all kinds of games and tossed everything into one delightful mixture. The cartoonish graphics resemble Overwatch's art style, the building aspect mirrors Minecraft's gameplay, and the fun could be something out of the Plants Vs. Zombies line and the fighting could come out of Halo. Much effort has been made to create an enjoyable experience for players. It's like they picked out the best parts of many games and created a mega-game with them.
The Addition of Ventures
While development for Fortnite: Save the World has been slowed down (and we don't know by how much), Epic Games will be adding "Ventures" to promote long-term replay value. Now, this is a very ambiguous point, considering how slow development already has been this entire time. How frequently will we get content? We have no clue as of yet.
Ventures are seasonal events that will take place in separate zones with new modifiers, a progression path, and seasonal levels. Players can earn seasonal experience by completing specific challenges in Ventures. This seasonal experience will also affect difficulty levels, weapons, and rewards. Progressing through seasonal Ventures will also reward Supercharger materials that allow players to level up items from their collection beyond the current limit.
Players will continue to have seasonal rotations of modes like Frostnite and Dungeons. New heroes and quests will still be released, albeit at a much slower pace. Epic also mentioned that the storyline of Fortnite: Save the World is complete, meaning Twine Peaks will no longer get its unique biome, as players have been expecting for quite some time now.
Getting Down and Dirty With the Battle System
Building sounds excellent, but how's the game when you get down to the thick and dirty?
Save the World's battle system is lovely despite not being realistic. I never thought I'd say that about a game, but here we are. As with the rest of the game, it's immensely smooth, and you somehow feel good about yourself no matter what you're doing. Another big perk is that you can craft weapons. What kinds? Everything. Snipe from afar! Take out baddies up close with shotguns! Mow down enemies with a minigun! Save the World caters to every possible fighting style and when mixed with the massive looting, you're bound to find something you love.
Oh, and prepare to stumble into a lot of traps. Sure, one trademark about the game is its building, but I think traps belong more in the battle discussion, so here we are. Kill zombies with all manner of traps, from classic Indiana Jones spike traps to bounce pads that launch anyone who touches them like they've been flung out of a catapult! This is where some of the absurdity comes in. It's hard to take a game seriously when you see a bunch of zombies sailing wildly through the air like they have important places to be and can't stop talking.
Is Save the World Worth Buying?
Right now, buying Fortnite: Save the World is only worth it if you like the gameplay itself. Till now, V-Bucks – a currency shared across Fortnite – was earnable via Save the World. With these changes, only Founders will be able to earn V-bucks in the future. Earning this currency via Fortnite: Save the World and spending it in Battle Royale has been a significant incentive and introductory point for several players in the past. With V-bucks out of the picture and development being slowed down further, the game is only worth buying if you genuinely like the gameplay. In my opinion, it is definitely worth $39.99 with the content it has received till now. It is a grindy game entirely unlike Battle Royale, but it still belongs in the Fortnite world that we all know and love.
I would advise players considering buying it to check gameplay videos online, try to understand how the core gameplay works, and then decide if they like it. It can get repetitive at times, but that repetitive loop has been fun enough to keep us around for many years for veterans. We hope this article helped you gain insights into the new changes introduced in Fortnite: Save the World, and determine if it is a suitable game for you.