How exactly do you package a free game when you want to sell copies of it during the holiday season? Well, in addition to assuredly filling the game full of holiday themed skins, Epic has announced they’re coming out with a $30 retail version of Fortnite with some new winter-themed items and bonus V-bucks.
The bundle is $30, but I don’t believe it comes with Save the World, the original PvE version of Fortnite that still costs money. Rather, you’re paying that $30 for a box copy of Battle Royale, 1,000 V-bucks (about $10), and a skin, glider and backbling set.
Is it worth it? Almost certainly not.
It might be one thing if this skin set was A) super cool or B) exclusive to this bundle, but neither is true. The “Frostbite” set is just a winter camo theme that I can’t imagine most players would use for more than a game or two before changing back to one of their other few dozen much more interesting skins they’ve gotten through the battle pass or past purchases. Additionally, the Frostbite set will also be able for purchase on the store itself after this launches, so it’s not like collectors even need to bother with it.
So why does this bundle exist at all? My guess is that Epic is trying to produce at least something for parents to buy their kids when it comes to the holiday. Never mind that Fortnite is free to download, many parents won’t know that, and they’ll just see this $30 bundle as half the price of a normal Xbox, PS4 or Switch game and pick it up so little Johnny or Judy has something to open on Christmas morning.
This bundle will be going live well before the holiday on November 13, and that should also be when the Frostbite set is still in stores, which I believe will still be during season 6, if I’m adding up those weeks correctly. Or it might be just after the launch of season 7, which I am almost positive will be a winter theme.
This is definitely one of Fortnite’s less inspired bundles, but honestly, the bundle skins are never really all that cool be they for any of the console manufacturers or this retail version. The best skin of this type is probably the Galaxy skin, though that requires an expensive phone purchase to secure that outfit and its subsequent exclusivity.
Still, if you want to gift Fortnite to the members of your family that still aren’t playing by handing them a physical object, I guess this might be for you.
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– By Paul Tassi