Epic's Fortnite Early Access Sells 500K Copies From Preorders Alone - Final Game will be F2P

Written by Neil Soutter on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 3:24 PM
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In pretty astonishing news, more than half a million copies of Epic’s Fortnite have been sold through digital pre-order sales alone, with fans paying between $40 and $150 for the privilege. That’s over 500,000 players paying for Early Access to a game that will be free-to-play when it launches in its complete form in 2018.

The info comes directly from Darren Sugg, creative director on Fortnite, who tweeted the launch figures out.

That's a mammoth launch for an Early Access title, particularly when users know it will eventually be F2P. There are a variety of package options available, ranging from the $39.99 Standard Edition all the way up to the $149.99 Limited Edition which includes a bunch of heroes, weapon packs, two additional copies for friends, and more.

The Early Access scavenge-em-up has been around the block a bit, becoming Epic’s standard bearer for Unreal Engine 4 for while. First revealed in 2011, Fortnite is Epic’s attempt to move away from competitive shooters to a light-hearted team focused game in which players must scavenge, build a fort, and attempt to survive the night against an onslaught of foes.

Its success is sort of blowing my mind a bit, particularly considering Fortnite’s launched looked for all the world like it would be a fart in the wind after the protracted development. Shows what I know The fairly tepid reviews don’t seem to have done Fortnite any harm, neither does launching exclusively on the Epic Games Store.

Have any GD'ers jumped into the weird and wonderful world of Fortnite? Could this game be the big jumping off point that Epic's Game Launcher client needs? Let us know!

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16:47 Aug-01-2017

There arent many good welk rounded co op games about atm so i think this is a big reason why people are preordering. I don't mind competitive games but sometimes you just wanna chill with your friends and play a great co op game

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18:27 Aug-02-2017

Smart.
Respect.

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02:08 Aug-01-2017

A lot of gamers are curious about this new game especially since it's made by Epic. If you want to see real gameplay verses a developer trailer for the game check this out https://youtu.be/jmoWC1Yo2wM

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11:00 Aug-01-2017

Will do. Thx 4 the link.

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16:52 Jul-31-2017

No more being humble. It's one of a few games where the devs finally got the msg. No more competing with each other.


Compete with the world & learn from each other.

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16:33 Jul-31-2017

The game's good but it's massively locked behind many many time gates, something I feel is unnecessary especially with the pretty hefty price tag for a game going F2P. They should reduce the time gates or remove them completely at least until it goes F2P when it'll make a little more sense, but right now farming for days just to unlock something you should've had 3 days ago is monotonous at best.

Without time gates 9/10.

With time gates 6.5/10

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