Fortnite might be turning four years old in 2021, but it’s still one of the most popular games played today thanks to a vigorous “live service” schedule of updates from developer Epic Games that sees its gameplay constantly shift and change in exciting ways. No wonder, then, that so many people are wondering whether you can play Fortnite for free. Well, here’s everything you need to know.
Is Fortnite Free to Play? Answered
Yes, Fortnite is a free-to-play experience across all platforms, which means regardless of whether you opt to play it on console, PC, Stadia, or mobile devices you can access the game without having to buy it or subscribe to any sort of monthly fee.
Of course, how you download and access the game differs depending on which platform you’re playing. Here’s a breakdown:
How to Play Fortnite for Free on PlayStation & Xbox
PlayStation and Xbox platforms are a popular choice for Fortnite players, and if you’re interested in downloading and playing the game on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and/or Xbox Series X|S it’s just a matter of visiting either the PlayStation or Xbox store, searching for the game and downloading it.
Thankfully, unlike many other multiplayer experiences, you do not require either a PlayStation Live or Xbox Gold account to enjoy Fortnite.
How to Play Fortnite for Free on PC
To play Fortnite on PC, you will first need to download Epic Games’ client, which you can find here. Once that is installed it’s simply a case of searching for the game and downloading it.
How to Play Fortnite for Free on Mobile
Although Fortnite was originally available on both Apple and Android devices, following a recent falling out between Apple and Epic Games as a result of a lawsuit, the game is no longer on its platform. If you want to play Fortnite on mobile you will need an Android device; you can then download it via the Google Play Store.
How Much is Fortnite Battle Pass? Answered
While Fortnite can be experienced entirely for free, you will need to purchase the game’s Battle Pass if you want to enjoy its monthly offering of in-game challenges and all the cosmetic rewards that come along with it. Purchasing the Battle Pass requires you to first buy V-Bucks. To get in on the Battle Pass, you need 950 V-Bucks, which means buying the 1000 bundle options for around $8. Note that each Battle Pass is only valid for one season.
As with most free-to-play games, you can also purchase different cosmetic items outright using V-Bucks.
That should be everything you need to know about whether you can play Fortnite for free. For more on the game, Twinfinite has an extremely detailed guide wiki for every season of the battle pass — Chapter 2, Season 7 is available here.
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