Fortnite Is Possibly Coming To China, And That's A Big Deal
Fortnite is coming to China--and possibly very soon.
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The hugely popular battle royale game, Fortnite, is coming to China, it appears. Developer Epic posted a drawing on Twitter today of the fictional Fortnite character Jonesy's passport, which is stamped for entry into China on April 23. That could be the day the game is due to launch in China.
China is a massive market for games, so there is a lot of potential for Fortnite to succeed in the market. However, as PUBG discovered, cheating and hacking are serious concerns in China (and other parts of the world). So it will be interesting to see how Fortnite fares.
The Battle Bus is taking off!— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 20, 2018
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It's unclear if Epic is bringing Fortnite to China by itself or through a partner. If it's through a partner, it seems like Tencent would make sense, given that Chinese giant Tencent owns 40 percent of Epic and already has major connections in China. We also don't know if Fortnite will be available on all platforms (console, PC, and mobile) in China. In China, mobile and PC gaming are known to be more popular than console. Also unclear is if there are any differences between the Western and Chinese versions of Fortnite.
We have contacted Epic in an attempt to get more details; we'll update this post with anything we hear back.
Some have suggested that Epic's Fortnite teaser is potentially for a new map set in China. However, just this week, design lead Eric Williamson told IGN that the studio is not planning any new maps, at least not yet.
In news about Fortnite the game, the Battle Royale game's newest update came out today. It added a 50v50 limited-time mode and a new Light Machine Gun, among other things. To mark the launch, developer Epic is holding a Double XP weekend, so now is a really good time to jump in an get extra rewards.