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Stemming from datamined files in the v11.30 update, Fortnite players were excited to learn a Fortnite Annual Pass was allegedly coming in 2020. However, we now have confirmation from Epic Games itself that the Annual Pass is actually not happening, as explained to Eurogamer.
No Fortnite Annual Pass after all
An Epic Games spokesperson said: “We’ve seen discussions around a 2020 Annual Pass as a result of data mining the v11.30 build. Occasionally prototype features make it into our build that end up not being released. While the 2020 Annual Pass was considered, we have no plans to release it… unlike the Bao Bros.”
So, just what was supposed to be included in the Fortnite Annual Pass? For those who always buy the Battle Pass for each season, this would have been a better alternative. How it would have worked, according to the info that was datamined, was that buying the Annual Pass would cover the entire year, giving you all the upcoming Battle Bundle versions of Battle Passes and seven exclusive cosmetics. Battle Bundles would unlock 25% of the content in a Battle Pass right away.
That would probably provide a substantial cost savings for those who always buy every season. With the holidays coming this is something players would have enjoyed knowing was coming in 2020. Not only would it save players money, but it would save them time obtaining everything.
Will Epic Games change its mind in the new year? That remains to be seen. My theory is that once these plans were uncovered they probably weren’t ready to make an official announcement yet, so they backtracked. Players will just have to wait longer to get a Fortnite Annual Pass.