Epic Games has revealed that Fortnite‘s projected free-to-play launch – which includes the Save the World campaign, will now be launching in 2019… at the earliest.

Fortnite originally launched as a co-op survival shooter which had heavy PvE elements as players defended their forts from waves of zombies (a fairly rudimentary summary, but it works). While the Save the World campaign is a hell of a lot of fun, Fortnite’s success came from the Battle Royale mode thrust into the game.

Since then, Fortnite has taken over the world, but technically the game hasn’t even launched yet, and now it looks like we might be waiting even longer.

Originally set to fully launch as a free-to-play title later this year, Epic Games has revealed that we might not be seeing the game’s full launch until 2019 and even then, it might not happen in 2019.

“We decided to move the free-to-play launch of Save the World out of this year”, Epic Games revealed in the latest Blog Post. “We’re working 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. 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.”

In addition, plenty of changes are coming to the front-end including a focus on heroes with a redesigned hero system. This system will bring an upgrade in the amount of heroes players can set up, from three to six, allowing for more customization options and loadouts. Finally, a bunch of rebalances are coming in which players will be able to opt into. If they do, they’ll receive a reimbursement on some of the mats they’ve thrown into upgrading these Heroes.

This news comes just ahead of the upcoming Fortnitemares event which will once again see Halloween-themed items and skins coming to the game as well as the return of the Vlad Moon Rising questline in Save the World.

Vlad Moon Rising is similar to the questline which launched last year, however, there are a few changes coming as well as even more Vlad.

More details on the changes can be found over on the Epic Games website.

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