PUBG-inspired Fornite Battle Royale will launch as a free standalone game

Pat Wise
September 20, 2017

Epic Games has surprised everyone today by announcing that on September 26, Fortnite Battle Royale will be free for everyone on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Mac.

Fortnite's own take on the Battle Royale formula takes the large-scale last man standing game mode popularised by PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and combines it with the cartoon-like destructible environments and crafting elements of Fortnite.

Explaining the reasoning behind the decision to offer the mode for free, Epic said: "We launched a public test and it worked better than we expected".

Developer Epic has pledged it will not sell any items which give a competitive advantage. The game will instead include cosmetic and compendium-like content in future updates for players to purchase.

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Fortnite will also introduce Squads to Battle Royale mode on 26th September, allowing players to team up with friends.

Fornite is now available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Fortnite, the co-op sandbox scavenging and building experience from Epic Games, has had a solid stretch of success since launching into Early Access and has built upon that with a couple new gameplay modes.

Those interested in Fornite's Battle Royale can download tit through the Epic Games PC launcher.

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