Fortnite’s free V-bucks are half-off right now, even if that’s a bit of a contradiction in terms. How can free V-Bucks be half off? Isn’t zero divided by 2 still zero? Yes, on a technical level, that’s correct. But the world of V-buck farming is somewhat irrational to begin with, and so we’re going to throw that basic concept out the window. The ability to get free V-bucks by buying Fortnite: Save the World is half off right now, down from $39.99 for $19.99 for the standard edition.
Here’s the gist of what I mean here. Fortnite: Battle Royale, which is the version of Fortnite that most everyone is playing, has no real way to get free V-Bucks. The only way to get V-bucks awarded to you in-game is to buy the battle pass and rank it up. And while you did get slightly more V-bucks than you put in by doing this, it’s not much. Fortnite: Battle Royale and Fortnite: Save The World share V-bucks as a premium currency, however, and Save the World is much more liberal with its free V-Bucks, which is why Battle Royale players head on over to that mode to farm them.
The catch has always been that you have to pay upfront to get Save the World, even though you can eventually make the math work by farming V-bucks. That math gets a whole lot more friendly with this discount, and you can essentially turn a V-buck profit just by collecting the sign-in bonus for 100 days. And you can get way more than that by actually signing in and completing missions.
So is it worth it? It’s always sort of fun to farm premium resources, at least if you’re the sort that likes making slow, steady progress. And, of course, Save the World is a game unto itself: it’s a cooperative PvE zombie survival affair. I haven’t spent a huge amount of time with it, but the general consensus is that it doesn’t quite handle its sprawling economy as well as its streamlined counterpart, despite having some fun concepts and styling. It has its devotees, just not nearly so many as Battle Royale does. It’s a work in progress, and Epic is planning to make it free-to-play once it’s done, or at least more done.
I’d advise against buying Save the World just for farming V-bucks: you might as well spend that time and money playing something you want to play. But if you’re curious and think you could actually give the thing a go, this is a great time to do so. It’s not such a bad place to practice your shooting and building, either, even hordes of zombies are a little more forgiving, targeting-wise.