After the major blowout of loot boxes from Battlefront at the end of last year I really thought Fortnite was going to be in line for getting publicly dragged, but they have thrived instead.
I tried out the Battle Royale mode for a few hours and went up like 5 or 6 “tiers” in the game (which is separate from levels) and only ever unlocked an emote. when I looked ahead to future unlocks as a free player i saw that i would get 100 Victory Points at tier 14 despite nothing in the in-game shop being less than 150 VP. When you go to the level-up/unlock screen you see the “free” path of unlocks, which is one simple thing every 6 - 7 tiers and the “paid” path which unlocks at least 3 rewards every tier. not to mention being advertised for the VP bundles (real cash for thousands of VP at once) when you want to look at the shop.
Am i totally missing something here? When Epic put the game in Early Access and then put physical copies of their SOON TO BE FREE TO PLAY GAME on retail shelves they should have been knocked for misleading uninformed consumers that will buy the game without ever knowing the F2P plan. Then they load up this free BR mode that uses the worst forms of mobile economy manipulation and people have seemed to separate the BR mode from the original horde mode that is definitely less popular, but is being fully subsidized by the microtransactions in BR and anytime someone decides to actually buy the game.
please, someone tell me why Epic is being aloud to run this game this way. Because to me, this is some of the most unethically run games.