PUBG-inspired Fortnite Battle Royale will launch as a free mode

Coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One next week.

By Vic Hood. 20/09/2017

Fortnite's Battle Royale mode is launching as a free mode for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

The 100-player PVP mode in Fortnite will be completely free for everyone from 26th September. There's no need to have paid for the base game.

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It's a canny move - gazumping the launch of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on console and beating its paid-for model by launching without charge.

Developer Epic has pledged it will not sell any items which give a competitive advantage. It will, however, introduce cosmetics and compendium-like content in the future.

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

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If you bought the game for Battle Royale mode already, don't fret, you can get a refund if the game was purchased after 12th September.

Fortnite Battle Royale's home screen includes a link to purchase the founder's pack of the main Fortnite in its current Early Access state - although the full, finished game will launch for free later in 2018.