There a lot of people out there who enjoy Fortnite Battle Royale; it's now the most watched video game on Twitch.tv, and Epic Games has come up with a way to get even more people involved: it's coming to mobile. The game will initially be tested on iOS, with Android support following shortly after.
For years now, gamers have gotten used to popular, big-budget console and PC games coming to mobile phones in the form of cheesy, heavily scaled-down "companion experiences" like match-three games or mindless screen-tappers.
In their announcement post, Epic revealed that thanks to a partnership with Sony, players on mobile will be able to eventually opt in to cross platform play, allowing friends to play together on PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iOS, and eventually Android devices. You'd have to imagine that console/PC players would have an advantage. It's not entirely clear, but we have seen some PUBG mobile games - and PUBG mobile knock-offs - manage to translate that game's basic visuals and gameplay with relative ease.
Battle Royale is free on consoles and PC, supported by microtransactions (which are cosmetic only), and we would expect the mobile edition for follow the same format. Epic not only makes games but also an entire game development suite, the Unreal Engine, and has long had the ability to implement cross-platform play across multiple hardware configurations. Fueled mainly by its free battle royale mode (the Save the World mode, in which you team with other players to kill monsters, now costs $40, £33 and AU$60), the game was reported last month to have hit 3.4 million concurrent players, beating PUBG's record of 3.2 million. Starting Monday, players can begin signing up for an invite to play on iOS.
On Monday, March 12, an invite event for iOS is set to launch on the Fortnite.com, which will slowly roll out email invites with links to download the game from the App Store. 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. Those who receive invites will also get friend invite codes to share with others.
To play you'll need at minimum an iPhone 6S/SE, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, or iPad 2017 device running iOS 11.