After over five years of development, Epic Games’ third-person shooter tower defense hybrid Fortnite is very close to seeing the light of day. The game has officially entered its paid early access season, meaning you can get a head start in the wacky zombie shooter. The early access season has started on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and you purchase your access directly on the website.
The Standard Edition ($39.99) will net you early access and seven pinata packs. Pinata packs are essentially this game’s loot boxes. Six of the pinata packs will be regular packs, while one will be an exclusive Founder’s loot pack, containing super rare items. You’ll also get four banner icons to use in-game to show off your early access support.
The Deluxe Edition ($59.99) will get you all of the above. You’ll get 33 pinata packs instead of seven, and you’ll get a lot of paid goodies like XP boosts, a weapon starter pack that includes an exclusive founder’s pistol with a special skin, but most importantly you’ll have eight heroes unlocked automatically. You get both the male and female heroes from the four starting classes.
The Super Deluxe Edition ($89.99) will net you the goodies in the above packs with some more boosts and what not, but above all you will also get another copy of the standard edition of the game to give to a friend! Nice!
Last but definitely not least is the Limited Edition ($149.99) which of course gets you everything listed above plus two exclusive legendary heroes. You get to pick what class you want them to be, and then you’ll also receive a legendary weapon for them. You’ll get a grand total of 99 pinata packs, 200 extra vault inventory slots, and 10 extra backpack slots. You’ll get two copies of the standard edition to give to buddies.
Epic Games’ seems to be really banking on this, but it’s important to remember that Fortnite will eventually open up as a free-to-play game. The early access season will end at some point, as Epic Games’ has announced that the game will officially be free-to-play sometime in 2018. If you’re not dying to play you can just wait for to try it out.