Save the World will NOT be free in 2018
Epic has released a new Save the World development blog which confirms that the paid version of the game will no longer become free-to-play in 2018. Here's the section which explains the decision and why it was made:
"We decided to move the free-to-play launch of Save the World out of this year. 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.
To thank our founders, both new and old, if you log in and play during the Fortnitemares Event, you’ll receive both Brainiac Jonesy and Skull Ranger Ramirez for free!"
For those who want to get in on the action, Save the World will be 50% off for all editions of the game starting next week.
If you want to read the rest of the October 2018 development blog from Epic, it can be found here.