Fall Guys is going free, coming to Switch and Xbox, and more

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The ‘big’ update was pretty big after all

The platformer battle royale Fall Guys is making some big moves soon. Mediatonic announced today that Fall Guys is going free to play, headed to both Nintendo Switch and Xbox, and teased a good deal more on the horizon.

Today’s teased “Big” update was a showcase of what’s coming to the knockout fest on June 21. It starts with Fall Guys going fully free. While previously Fall Guys did require an up-front payment, now it will be free for everyone to download and play. Those who bought and played Fall Guys before June 21 will get a special Legacy Pack, with a stockpile of cosmetics and a free Season Pass for the first new season.

Obstacle-dodging and physics competitions are coming to new platforms, too. The long-awaited Nintendo Switch and Xbox versions of Fall Guys debut on June 21, as well as an upgraded PlayStation 5 version and an Epic Games Store spot. The PC side has an addendum, though: new players will not be able to download and play Fall Guys on Steam anymore. Previous owners will still be able to access and get updates through Steam. It sounds similar to the way Rocket League‘s move to Epic went down. With Mediatonic under the Epic umbrella now, it makes some sense.

The news keeps coming, though. Season 1—it seems like Mediatonic is resetting the seasonal counter for the big expansion—also introduces the Season Pass. It’s a bonus version of the free progression path that can be purchased with in-game currency Show-Bucks. It will be a 100-level pass, allowing players to unlock the next Season Pass if they max out the current one, and Fall Guys will still have a free progression path. Kudos also carry over.

It’s a free-for-all

Mediatonic also confirms in its FAQ about the update that Fall Guys will be cross-play and cross-progression across all platforms. So if you’re on PC and head over to Switch, you can carry over that progress. It will require making an Epic Games Account.

The studio recommends you log in on your original platform first, if you haven’t played since Epic Games Accounts were introduced to Fall Guys. And it’s totally possible; I’m a lapsed Fall Guy myself. But this new update sounds pretty rad, and that’s before getting to all the new obstacles and costumes on the way. Plus, today’s stream ended with a tease of what’s to come: a course creator. The big Fall Guys update rolls out on June 21.

Eric Van Allen