Should There Be a Fortnite Subscription Model?

by in Fortnite | Nov, 10th 2020

It looks like Epic Games could be moving in a direction to expand the games-as-a-service into something new and different, at least in terms of monetization. A recent survey looks like the Fortnite developer is looking into a possible Fortnite subscription model for the future.

What We Know About the Fortnite Subscription

The Fortnite subscription model would be unique in the battle royale and online multiplayer space where users could subscribe to a service, much like we already do with other media like Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and so on. Of course, this isn’t something that is confirmed just yet.

The initial details about the possible Fortnite subscription model came about because some users were reportedly given a particular survey. We know of this because of popular Fortnite players on Twitter like FireMonkey, who posted about the subscription idea.

The Fortnite subscription model was revealed alongside the Monthly Crew Pack, where users can be part of the monthly crew who subscribes to a particular service. The pack seems to be a bonus given only once to the players who subscribe to it.

In the Monthly Crew Pack, there is a picture shown of the items given away with it. They seem to be some new cosmetic items, including a new pickaxe, back bling, and more. This pack doesn’t seem to be a new service but just a bonus for those who join it.

This will likely be a permanent bonus for anyone who subscribes or limited time only for players who join the service at the very beginning of it. The service itself is where things get interesting as it seems to be in the works still.

The Fortnite subscription model is mentioned in the survey as something that gives players access to the latest premium battle pass for the season and an extra 1000 V-Bucks every single month. All in all, you are looking at a deal worth around $16 when you include the 20% permanent discount on V-Bucks.

Of course, that is at the peak of the subscription, as it is an interesting one. You are getting the paid battle pass every time you release, but that won’t be every month. At best, Fortnite seasons will happen every two to three months, so you wouldn’t be getting that all the time.

So, instead, the only constant would be the 1000 V-Bucks that you would get every month, and then the new battle pass every once in a while alongside it. Depending on this, you could have an excellent deal for dedicated players, but it depends on how Epic Games handles it.

How Much the Sub Would Possibly Cost

In the survey, players are asked how much they would be willing to pay for the potential Fortnite subscription model. The numbers mentioned are $5, $8, and up to $20. That last number is a lot. It would cost more than what you are typically getting with this monthly sub.

On the other hand, $5 or $8 would be a pretty good deal most of the time. 1000 V-Bucks costs around $8 when you buy them at the discounted price point, so that isn’t any different, but you are getting some value in the fact that you will always have the latest battle pass worth around $6-$8 on its own, so long as you have an active sub.

$8 wouldn’t be a bad idea for this subscription. $5 would be even better as you are saving some money along the way, no matter which month it is. Of course, this deal isn’t for everyone as it is mainly for those who will spend that much money anyway.

Why not get the battle pass potentially for free when the latest one comes out every few months while spending the same amount of money you would spend every month on V-Bucks? Like that, it’s a pretty solid deal that won’t work for everyone but will be great for players who buy V-Bucks often.

Will We See This Happen? How Would It Affect the Industry?

But this survey does not confirm the fact that we are going to get a subscription model for Fortnite in the future. It only confirms that the developer is working on the idea and is considering it for the future. It remains to be seen if Epic Games will go through with it or not.

We imagine that the result will depend heavily on the survey handed out and the actual data that the developer has on how often and how much players purchase V-Bucks. If the amount that players would prefer is too low, it could render this idea not viable at this time.

At the same time, though, this would be a great way to get players in and guarantee that they will be giving money every month to Epic Games, which could be great for business. If the developer went through with this, it could change the game and the genre as a whole.

We haven’t seen too many subscription models for online games outside of MMOs and the like. If this went well for Epic Games, this could shape the entire industry into following similar models. Then, we could see many battle royale and other games follow suit. After all, it was Fortnite that shaped corporate trends in the past with free to play battle royale games and the battle pass.

The company started those things. The success of the game caused others to follow suit. If this was successful, we could very well see a Call of Duty subscription, an Apex Legends sub, PUBG sub, and so on someday.

The one issue that comes with the subscription model that might not see it come out after all is the annual pass. There was a pass that was talked about in the past and even basically confirmed to be coming by Epic Games but was canceled before it ever came to fruition.

That pass would have allowed users to collect all battle passes for the entire year by getting a discounted price. That didn’t come to fruition for one reason or another, but it shows that Epic Games will look into things, but that doesn’t mean that they will happen in the end.

It will be interesting to see if this Fortnite subscription model happens in the end and how it will affect the industry.


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