Following Epic Games’ recent announcement that it was making its hugely popular ‘Fortnite Battle Royale’ available on the mobile platform, the North Carolina-based developer is now giving gaming enthusiasts their first look at how the game is playing out on iOS.
Epic is partnering with Sony to provide cross-play and cross-progression support to the mobile version to enable play across devices, including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS and, sooner or later, Android.
However, in no way will it be a forced option where you have no choice but to play with other platform users. The company has clarified that by default, mobile players will only be made to compete against other mobile players, with cross-platform play possible only as an opt-in.
Sadly, cross-play between Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions will not be an option, although it’s not because of any technical constraints. Play between the two devices was, in fact, briefly enabled last year, only to be discontinued again because of unknown reasons.
However, in a recent statement to Kotaku, Microsoft has laid the blame squarely on the Sony doorstep.
“We’ve worked closely with Nintendo to allow cross-network play between Xbox One and Switch and our offer to do the same with PlayStation players still holds,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement.
“For any other questions regarding Fortnite cross-network play between Xbox and PlayStation, please reach out to Epic or Sony directly,” the statement said.
However, neither company has made any comment on the issue – yet.
This effectively means that Xbox One players will only be able to play with PC, Mac, and mobile players, with the same holding true for PlayStation 4 users, as Epic PR Manager Nick Chester’s tweet confirms.
Xbox One players can play with PC, Mac, and mobile.
PlayStation 4 players can play with PC, Mac, and mobile.
— Nick Chester (@nickchester) March 10, 2018
‘Fortnite Battle Royale’ mobile also includes the 100-player experience available on other devices with the “same gameplay, same map, same content, same weekly updates,” promises Epic.
“We believe this is the future of games. The same game on all platforms. Console quality graphics and action. Play when you want, where you want,” the developer has claimed in a forum post on its website.
Android users, however, will have to exercise a bit of patience and forbearance since the beta version is, for now, limited to iOS users only. According to the developer, “Support for Android will be coming in the next few months.”
Check out the Mobile Reveal Trailer below for a glimpse of the mobile version of Fortnite Battle Royale. You will find that it is no different from the Console, Mac or PC version of the game.
Although sign-ups for the test version opened up Monday (March 12), not everyone will be entertained on the invite-only event immediately.
In order to be part of the invite list, all you need to do is access the game’s official website www.Fornite.com and sign up. If you are lucky enough, you should soon receive an email invite from Epic, accompanied by a link for downloading the beta iOS version from the App Store.
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) March 12, 2018
Those invited will also receive friend invite codes, allowing them to share the experience with friends, family, or whoever they may wish to pass on the codes to.
The minimum participation criteria are iOS 11 on iPhone 6S/SE, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad 2017 or subsequent models. Epic says internet connectivity is also a prerequisite – it goes without saying.
As already mentioned, Android users can’t expect an invitation as of now, but the good news is that they can at least sign up and wait it out until Epic notifies them that their devices are good to go.
It must be mentioned that invites will not necessarily be on a first-come-first-served basis as a couple of other factors come into play in so far as the order of invites is concerned. While the sign-up order will not be completely overlooked, other factors that will play a key role in determining the order of invites include device model and proximity to a data center.
While the game is only accessible to those with invites, or to those who have received an invite code from a friend, it will eventually be open to everyone, with an invite not remaining a participation criteria as soon as Epic is in a position to manage the scale of players.
Addressing a frequently asked question about the possibility of a mobile version of the game “Save the World” as well, Epic conceded it was a difficult proposition as the game uses way too much “memory and CPU resources” compared to Battle Royale.
However, the company has assured that voice and Bluetooth controller support will be coming to the mobile version, without really providing any timeline.
For any lingering doubts or questions about the Fortnite Battle Royale mobile, check out the list of FAQs Epic has attempted to answer here.
Q: How do I sign up to play Fortnite on mobile?
A: You can sign up at www.fortnite.com/mobile.
Q: Where can I find more information on Fortnite coming to mobile?
A: You can read more on our blog at www.fortnite.com/news/mobile-announce.
Q: When can I play Fortnite Battle Royale on my iOS device?
A: Once the event begins and you receive an invite. Invites will start rolling out soon to players who have signed up.
Q: Why haven’t I received an invite?
A: We’re sending out invites as our services scale up to handle more players with the goal of maintaining a healthy player population.
Not everyone will get in at the same time. After you sign up at www.fortnite.com/mobile, you will be notified via email once you get in.
Q: My friend received an invite and they signed up after me, what gives?
A: Factors that contribute to the order in which players receive invites include sign-up order, proximity to a data center, and device model. If your friend got invited by Epic, check with them to see if they have a friend code to share with you.
Q: Is Fortnite on mobile coming to Android?
A: Yes. Android will be supported in the next few months.
Q: What iOS devices are compatible with Fortnite on mobile?
A: To participate, you’ll need an internet connection and iOS 11 on at least an iPhone 6S/SE, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad 2017 devices or later.
Q: Will Mobile players be forced to play with other platforms?
A: No. By default, mobile players are matched against mobile players only. When a mobile player joins a squad with friends on other platforms, then that squad is matchmade against a multiplatform population. Thus, cross-platform play is opt-in.
Q: I got an invite, where do I download the game?
A: In the invitation email, you will receive a link to download the game from the iOS App Store.
Q: Will Bluetooth controllers work?
A: Not initially. Bluetooth controller support is coming later.
Q: Is Save the World coming to mobile?
A: No. Save the World uses way more memory and CPU resources than Battle Royale and would be very difficult to bring to mobile devices.
Q: Will the game eventually be open to everyone, regardless of having an invite?
A: Yes. As soon as we are able to handle the scale of players, the game will be open to everyone.
Q: Will there be voice chat?
A: Not initially. Later, we plan to support voice chat.”