Fortnite selling the free-to-use models from season 2 isn’t cool

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Fortnite is selling free-to-use costumes and that’s not cool.

Fortnite is a juggernaut because it’s able to make money off of microtransactions. Unlike other games, there’s no in-game incentive to get these items. They’re purely cosmetic, so when one pops up and you really like that design or that specific crossover, there’s no incentive to buy it other than you like it.

I bought a few, mostly Street Fighter costumes, and while they’re very cool, I don’t play better or have better stats because of them. They’re merely cosmetic. That’s the joy of them, they don’t add anything to the game, other than to highlight your personality.

That said, there is a line and it shouldn’t be crossed. See, if you’re new to the game, you’ll see that you start each game with a different character costume. The only differences are race and gender, but other than that, they’re all designed pretty similarly.

These are the base designs that everyone gets to use. They’re the free-to-play costumes. So it has to be said that Fortnite selling these is pretty messed up.

Fortnite is selling season two free-to-play outfits ahead of season three

The characters of Jonesy the Secondst, Taskforce Rio, Heavy Hitter Hector, General Banshee, Mercenary Mansu, Ramirez Redux, Emmy Elite, and Captain Carlos are all on sale from the Fortnite store for 800 V-Bucks each.

Fans can purchase these characters before the start of the next season, where it seems like each of the base models will get slight re-designs.

"Jonesy The Secondst Outfit (800 V-Bucks)Taskforce Rio Outfit (800 V-Bucks)Heavy Hitter Hector Outfit (800 V-Bucks)General Banshee Outfit (800 V-Bucks)Mercenary Mansu Outfit (800 V-Bucks)Ramirez Redux Outfit (800 V-Bucks)Emmy Elite Outfit (800 V-Bucks)Captain Carlos Outfit (800 V-Bucks)New World Flyer Glider (500 V-Bucks)Island Classic Pickaxe (500 V-Bucks)Chapter 2: Royale Recruits Bundle (2,000 V-Bucks)Chapter 2: Battle Classics Bundle (2,000 V-Bucks)Britestorm Bomber Outfit (1,500 V-Bucks)Britestorm Bomber Bundle (1,900 V-Bucks)Renegade Roller Pickaxe (1,200 V-Bucks)Abstrakt Outfit (1,500 V-Bucks)Breezy Bashers Pickaxe (1,200 V-Bucks)Trespasser Elite Outfit (1,500 V-Bucks)"

It seems a bit scummy to charge fans for using base costumes. Considering how generic, ordinary and bland they are compared to other designs, you’d think Fortnite would either just give them away ahead of any major cosmetic changes to the base designs or would offer them at a severe discount.

Since it’s neither, it’s fair to say that this is just a gross overcharge on a product that only really appeals to collectors.

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