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Battlerite will leave Early Access and go free-to-play in November

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Battlerite, the indie competitive brawler described by Chris Thursten as "the best teamfight you've ever had", is leaving Early Access on November 8. That milestone will coincide with it transforming to a free-to-play title (which has always been the plan—only the Early Access period has a price tag). 

But if you're keen to play the game free before its official launch, there will be a free week starting September 25, and ending October 1, and the game will sell for $10 during that time.

It's an awkward incentive: why pay for a game imminently going free? Well... I don't know. I don't think you wisely would, to be honest. But it's reportedly a very good game, with quite the flourishing community, so there may be those among us keen to gain a competitive advantage.

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Battlerite would be $10 until launch day, but the discount is only available during the free week.

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.