Fortnite Battle Royale is coming to Android

Delia Walker
March 10, 2018

In a surprise announcement, Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite Battle Royale, have revealed that one of the next steps in the franchises journey to success, is the mobile market.

It'll also allow "Fortnite" players to play the game wherever they bring their mobile devices - away from the constraints of home consoles and computers. Support for Android is coming "in the next few months", Epic noted.

It demonstrated as such, whether intentionally or not, midway through September 2017 at a time when the Fortnite Battle Royale mode was still exclusive to paying customers. Xbox One is noticeably missing from this thanks to Epic Games "partnership" with Sony.

The game and its signature Battle Royale online mode that pits 100 players against each other in a fight to the death is already available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, but the additional option to play it on mobile platforms (with cross-play and cross-progression with most other versions to boot) has players wondering when will Fortnite be on mobile?

According to the studio, this mobile version of the game will make relatively few compromises in terms of translating the existing version of Battle Royale to mobile platforms. "Play when you want, where you want". It'll be interesting to see how mobile device players fare against console and computer players who arguably have the advantages of a larger screen and greater gaming controls. You'd have to imagine that console/PC players would have an advantage.

You can sign up to join the invite list on the Fortnite website starting on Monday, March 12. The company says it will be adding players over "the coming months" so it sounds like this is still going to be very much in the trial phase. If you do get in, you'll get codes to share with friends, so that's good. We don't mean a mobile game tie-in like a match three puzzler or card battler either - this is literally Fortnite as it plays on platforms.

Chinese internet firm Tencent, which has a 40% stake in Epic, had previously agreed domestic distribution for not only PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in China, but also two official mobile games which launched, in Chinese, in February 2018 for iOS and Android.

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