Fortnite's Save the World mode - the one that isn't Battle Royale - is no longer planned to go free-to-play in 2018, Epic has announced.

Since it entered early access development in 2017, Save the World has only been available to those willing to purchase a special "campaign pack", starting at around 32.99. It was originally expected to go free-to-play sometime this year.

However, in its latest State of Development post, Epic explained that it will be postponing the move away from paid early access while it works on "a broad set of features, reworks, and backend system scaling we believe are needed to go free-to-play."

"Save the World has grown consistently since our launch in July 2017 and Fortnite overall has experienced unprecedented growth," the developer said. "Scaling up for the legions of player heroes who will be joining the fight is key to providing an excellent experience. This applies to all of our players, old and new, so we're taking the time to get this right."

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Save the World's Skull Ranger Ramirez and Brainiac Jonesy heroes.

Epic also revealed that, to "thank our founders, both new and old", it will be giving away the Hallowe'en-y Skull Ranger Ramirez and Brainiac Jonesy heroes to anyone that logs into Save the World during the upcoming Fortnitemares event. Epic hasn't yet announced when its spooky festivities will begin - but, judging by its recent tweets, things should be commencing soon.

Additionally, for anyone curious about sampling Save the World while it remains in paid early access, there will be a 50 per cent discount on the game's Standard, Deluxe, Super Deluxe, and Limited Founder's packs, starting later this week.

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