Fortnite is drumming up a monthly subscription service which will include 1,000 V-Bucks, early access to skins, and the current Battle Pass.
Battle passes, premium V-Buck currency, and limited-time offers evidently enough forms of monetization for Fortnite, as a new leak reveals a monthly subscription that will offer players all of the above on a recurring basis. While Fortnite already offers players plenty of ways to spend their hard-earned cash (or at least their parents’ hard-earned cash) on digital merchandise, monthly subscription services are one area in which it has yet to dabble.
Fortnite is a free-to-play battle royale and the most successful of its kind, and the majority of its net earnings come from in-game purchases. Players are able to purchase V-Bucks, Epic Games’ repurposed premium currency from the original Fortnite: Save the World. They can also purchase the seasonal Battle Pass, which lasts roughly three months and offers 100+ tiers of rewards. And one of the most recent additions to Fortnite’s arsenal of microtransactions is the Limited Time Offer skin bundles which players can only purchase using real-world currency. It is important to note that these microtransactions aren’t predatory in nature as they only offer cosmetic changes and do not enhance the player’s abilities in any way.
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However, Fortnite’s best deal has yet to come, as a survey from Epic Games has leaked on Twitter, shared by well-known Fortnite leaker FireMonkey. The survey was sent out via email to a handful of players asking different questions regarding a possible subscription service coming to Fortnite in the future. The service seems to be called the “Monthly Crew Pack” and includes the current season’s Battle Pass, early access to a skin set, and a monthly supply of 1,000 V-Bucks. One of the main questions on the survey is how much players are willing to pay for this service with multiple choice answers ranging from $4.99 to $18.99.
🚨Fortnite “Monthly Crew Pack” Leak🚨
In a recent survey Epic Games has sent out, this image can be seen:
With the image users are being quizzed on how they would rate the monthly subscription service.
— FireMonkey • Fortnite Intel 🎄 (@iFireMonkey) November 7, 2020
At first, it would seem absurd for Fortnite to offer players this package at a price as low as $5. The Battle Pass alone costs roughly $10, an entire skin set can cost anywhere from $15 to $25, and 1,000 V-Bucks is another $8. Even if the subscription service ends up costing the full $19, players are still saving a minimum of $14. If this service does come to fruition, it’s a no-brainer purchase for the dedicated Fortnite player base. However, the ultimate winner of this arrangement would be Epic Games, as it would ensure a guaranteed cashflow from subscribers and loop even more currently free-to-play players into its ecosystem (and that’s not mentioning the fact that the Monthly Crew Pack would probably take advantage of autopay opt-ins).
While the promo image features the current Marvel-themed season, it will be interesting to see when Epic Games chooses to launch this service. Not that the Battle pass is the subscription main draw. If anything, players should subscribe for the skin set and monthly V-Bucks. However, launching this at the beginning of next season would incentivize purchasing this larger bundle over the $9 Battle Pass. Surely, it won’t be long before Fortnite officially announces the Monthly Crew Pack along with its price and release date.
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