Following huge success in 2017 on console and PC, Epic Games has announced that the insanely popular Battle Royale game Fortnite is coming to iPhone and Android in the coming months. The mobile port is said to offer the full Fortnite experience, including cross-play with PC, Mac and PS4 players. Will this leave smartphone players at a disadvantage compared to console and keyboard-and-mouse players?
Here's all we know about Fortnite Mobile including release date rumours, early access information, gameplay and more. If you'd like to know how the popular shooter compares to PUBG, take a look at our Fortnite vs PUBG comparison.
Fortnite Mobile release date
So, the biggest question from the insanely huge Fortnite fanbase is “when will it be available for iOS and Android?” and we’ve got some bad news for you. While Epic Games if offering early access to the beta of the game (see below for details), it’s limited to iOS devices only.
Even when Fortnite Mobile initially launches in the next few months, it’ll be iOS only while the developers put the finishing touches on the Android variant. We imagine that it’ll be available by Summer on Android, but we’ll have to wait and see for sure.
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Can I get early access to Fortnite Mobile?
What if you can’t wait, and want to get access to Fortnite Mobile on your iPhone or iPad right now? From 12 March 2018, iOS users will be able to head to the Fortnite website and sign-up for an iOS Invite Event.
Those selected should receive an email with a link to download the game from the App Store. It’ll be a limited number of players at first, but Epic has promised to add more player spots over the coming months. The good news is that if you’ve got a code, you’ll be able to get friend invite codes to share with your squadmates on iOS before the game is officially launched.
Fortnite Mobile platforms
As mentioned earlier, Fortnite Mobile will be coming to iOS devices initially, while Android gamers should also be able join in on the action within months of release.
If you’re an iOS user, you’ll need to be running at least iOS 11 on iPhone 6S, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and the 2017 iPad or newer, and you’ll somewhat obviously require an active connection to the internet to play.
Fortnite Mobile gameplay
What most gamers are wondering about is gameplay; will it be the full version of Fortnite available on PC and consoles, or will it be a dumbed-down version of the game with basic mechanics and frustrating on-screen controls? It seems to be a bit of each, if we’re being honest.
Epic Games claims that it’s the exact same game that is available on PC and consoles right now, with the same level of high-end graphics, “console quality action” on-the-go and huge 100-player battles.
You’ll also be able to play with your friends on PC, PS4 and Mac (as well as Android when it becomes available) which is great but horrendous at the same time. Why? The input system. Console players have access to a controller and PC players have arguably the best accuracy with a keyboard and mouse input.
How are those swiping around on a touchscreen display supposed to compete with PC and console players? We’re yet to get any hands-on time with the game and thus don’t know much about the touch controls, but the silver lining is that the game will also support MFi controllers, helping to give iOS players an edge against PC and console players. Will it be enough? We’ll have to wait and see.