At The Game Awards Epic Games announced a new game mode for Fortnite Battle Royale. It’s a special team-based version of Battle Royale featuring 50 players on each team, in a last-team standing battle. But it’s only available for the next nine days, ending December 17. Fortnite is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

The game mode features the same four player squads you can join with friends in Battle Royale. Multiple squads (and singles) will be merged into a 50-person team for the new mode.

Fortnite Battle Royale is a free gameplay mode that can be installed and played separately from the main cooperative Fortnite game. Fortnite itself is still in paid Early Access, but will launch as a free to play title sometime next year, supported by loot box microtransactions.

Fortnite is a cooperative tower defense-action game for up to four players. It first launched via Early Access in July, and added the PvP Battle Royale mode in September. The Battle Royale mode soon became free to play.

Epic Games recently found themselves in a spat with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, as both games’ Battle Royale gameplay modes are eerily similar. PUBG is rated M for Mature and currently only available on PC. It’s launching on Xbox One December 12, and moving from Early Access to official release on PC on December 20. PUBG is rated M for Mature.

The limited 50v50 event is only available through Sunday, December 17. Fortnite is rated T for Teen.


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