Presumably to tie in with Fortnite being one of the E3 2018 games revealed and then immediately released on Nintendo Switch, Epic have made a new Fortnite Starter Pack available to purchase across all formats (except mobile, sorry). This flight-themed bundle costs just $4.99/£3.99 and contains an epic Wingman outfit, an epic Bogey Bag back bling, and most importantly 600 V-Bucks to spend on Fortnite's microtransactions.
Even if you don't intend to equip the included cosmetic items, this represents a great value deal for in game currency. There's no set date for how long this Starter Pack will be available, but it will eventually be removed so if you're considering a purchase then don't wait too long.
I wasn't just guessing with that V-Bucks efficiency talk either. Here's how the math stacks up for each individual V-Bucks purchase Fortnite offers (taking into account total V-Bucks including "bonuses" for buying in bulk, and rounding to the nearest whole number):
- 13,500 V-Bucks for $99.99 is 135 V-Bucks per dollar
- 7,500 V-Bucks for $59.99 is 125 V-Bucks per dollar
- 2,800 V-Bucks for $24.99 is 112 V-Bucks per dollar
- 1,000 V-Bucks for $9.99 is 100 V-Bucks per dollar
- 600 V-Bucks for $4.99 is 120 V-Bucks per dollar
The ratios work out similarly for GBP. As you can see, the Fortnite Starter Pack gives you the most V-Buck buying power of any option under the 7,500 purchase - which is quite an investment in in-game currency, since you could also use that same amount of cash to buy a new AAA console game. Or perhaps just an irresponsible amount of pie, if you prefer.
The Fortnite Starter Pack, on the other hand, is nestled comfortably in "impulse buy" territory even without that rad Wingman outfit and matching Bogey Bag back bling. You can skydive like a true flyboy if you suit up in it.
Do note that the Fortnite Starter Pack can only be purchased once for each account, so it isn't an endless wellspring of in-game currency. And if you'd also like to buy the Fortnite Season 4 Battle Pass without grinding for the free V-Bucks you occasionally earn, you'll still need to buy extra on top to reach the 950 V-Bucks asking price; in other words, if you're starting with this Starter Pack, it won't actually save you any money on the Battle Pass - which is still totally worth it. You can always use those extra V-Bucks to pick up more customisation items though, or put them toward your purchase of the next Battle Pass when Fortnite Season 5 rolls around in July.
If you're a PS+ subscriber, you can also grab the newly released Fortnite PlayStation Plus Celebration Pack 2, which is free and includes the exclusive epic Blue Striker outfit and epic Blue Shift back bling (both pictured above). This probably won't make up for the fact that if you've ever played Fortnite on PS4, you can't take your account, skins, or progress to Switch, but at least it's an extra little bonus while everyone tries to work out what will happen next.
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