After announcing Fortnite Battle Royale cross-platform play for iOS and Android, developer Epic Games has outlined how you'll be able to play the popular battle royale game on the go, whether you are on iOS or Android (coming soon). Unlike PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) implementation of mobile gameplay, wherein two separate, distinct, China-only games exist, Fortnite Battle Royale for iOS and Android promise to be the full-fat console and PC experience to smartphones utilising the same engine and tech as its bigger screen counterparts -- Unreal Engine 4.
The commonalities don't just end with their visuals. Epic promises cross-play, cross-progression, and cross-purchase. What this means is, you can play Fortnite on the PS4, continue your progress on the PC, and eventually on the go on your Android and iOS devices with all your purchases such as the Fortnite Battle Royale Pass carrying over across devices. Keep in mind cross-play, cross-progression, and cross-purchase doesn't carry over between PS4 and Xbox One until Microsoft and Sony come to terms with making it possible. That being said, this is what you need to know about playing Fornite Battle Royale on iOS and Android.
How to signup for Fortnite Battle Royale iOS invite
- Sign up on the official Fortnite website for a Fortnite Battle Royale iOS invite event.
- When you are invited, you will receive an email with a link to download the game.
- Epic has stated that players receiving an invite will be able to invite their friends as well so if you don't get one, you can ask your friends or check the Fortnite subreddit for a spare code.
To play Fortnite Battle Royale on iOS, you'll need an iPhone 6S, iPhone SE, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro, or an iPad Air 2. Given the online nature of the game, you will need an stable, consistent Internet connection.
How to play Fortnite Battle Royale on Android
Epic claims support for Fortnite Battle Royale Android is "coming in the next few months". It may follow the same roll out. Though if it's anything like Pokemon Go, expect an APK to be made available for side-loading from sites like APK Pure and APK Mirror. Until then though, you may want to check out other battle royale games on Android.
Is Fortnite Battle Royale on Android and iOS going to really be the full game?
Given the staggered roll-out, it doesn't seem likely that smartphone gamers are going to have access to the complete game with all its features and options available from the get go. Throw in the scale of the game's 100-player battles, Epic hasn't explained how these would translate to smaller devices particularly in terms of controls. How much of a burden it would be on bandwidth is yet to be ascertained as well.
Safe to say, this won't be a small download and if it's anything like what is being promised -- a shrunken down version of the PC and console versions, expect it to be taxing on your Internet connection. No harm signing up for an invite though. Particularly if you're already playing the game. For casual gamers though, we'd recommend waiting for a proper iOS and Android release on the App Store and Google Play respectively.