Epic adding subscription service to Fortnite next week

Epic adding subscription service to Fortnite next week

Games giant Epic is introducing the rumoured subscription service to free-to-play battle royale title Fortnite.

Speaking on the PlayStation Blog, community coordinator Michael House said that this new offering – dubbed Fortnite Crew – is being rolled out on December 2nd. It will set users back $11.99 each month.

Those forking out for this subscription will receive the current Battle Pass, as well as 1,000 of Fortnite's V-Bucks currency as well an outfit bundle each and every month.

"Today, we’re excited to announce an awesome new way for getting can’t-miss Fortnite content: Fortnite Crew," House wrote.

"If you’re the kind of Fortnite player who likes owning the Battle Pass with each new Season or adding new items to your Locker, this new subscription is particularly practical."

News that a subscription was coming to Fortnite broke earlier in the month, when it emerged that Epic was surveying its playerbase about the offering.

Between its launch back in 2017 and May of this year, Fortnite has attracted 350m players. Epic Games has seen a surge in valuation, too, and was valued at a cool $17.3bn in a funding round that took place in August. PlayStation maker Sony also chipped in a $250m investment in July.

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