Fortnite Mobile: Battle Royale Coming To iOS, Android

The popular Battle Royale game is coming to even more platforms.

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Fortnite: Battle Royale is coming to mobile devices, Epic has announced. Most intriguingly, this is apparently the same 100-player experience, and it will support cross-play for some systems. Thanks to a partnership with Sony, the game will support cross-play and cross-progression between PS4, PC, Mac, iOS, and (eventually) Android. The Xbox One edition does not support cross-play, presumably due to Epic's partnership with Sony. [Update: Sign-ups for the test are now available.]

"Same gameplay, same map, same content, same weekly updates," Epic said in a forum post about Fortnite: Battle Royale's mobile edition. "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."

As for the cross-play support, Epic said you'll be able to join a squad and play together with friends on different platforms. That sounds pretty cool, and it'll be interesting to see how it works in practice. You'd have to imagine that console/PC players would have an advantage.

Sign-ups will open on Monday for an invite-only test on iOS; Android will follow "in the next few months." You'll be able to sign up at Fornite's website starting March 12, and you'll receive an invite "shortly thereafter" by email if you're accepted. More invites will be sent out over the coming months, so if you don't get in right away, you'll have more opportunities later. If you do get in, you'll get codes to share with friends, so that's good.

Fortnite's mobile edition requires an internet connection (of course), and an iPhone 6S/SE, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad 2017 device or newer. Right now, it sounds like only Battle Royale is coming to mobile, not Fortnite's other mode, Save the World.

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. We'll report back with more details on Battle Royale's mobile edition as they're announced.

PUBG, which likely inspired Fortnite: Battle Royale, also has a mobile edition--but it's only available in China and it does not support cross-play. The game is not available on PS4, which might also explain Sony's apparent eagerness to partner with Epic for Fortnite: Battle Royale.

[UPDATE] Epic's Nick Chester has now offered some insight into how cross-play will work, stating it will be an opt-in. In other words, you'll be able to play with friends who are on other platforms, but you won't be forced into teaming up with someone on mobile if you're on PS4 or PC.

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KerenskyTheRed

So the console brand that has been most against cross-play (Sony) to begin with is going to get it and prevent the most supportive console brand (MS) from having it? This somehow seems off to me...

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muzza93

Don't really want to play against PC players from my PS4. Bit of an advantage with the keyboard and mouse setup

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Pyrosa

So turn-based combat mode? ;)

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sladakrobot

https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/de/news/xbox-cross-platform-fortnite

Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS crossplay

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Pyrosa

@sladakrobot: Once again, your reporting is more accurate than GS's, sladak. ;)

"We’re happy to announce today that in partnership with our friends at Microsoft, Fortnite will feature cross-play, cross-progression, and cross-purchase, between Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS and (in the next few months) Android."

"Contrary to what may have been implied, Microsoft has long been a leading voice in supporting cross-platform play, connecting players across PC, mobile and all consoles. We’ve been working together with them over the last several months to make this possible, and will bring this functionality to Fortnite players on Xbox right along with other platforms."

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GarySan

Now all Sony needs to do is add salt to injury; when the game releases on Switch, enable cross play with them as well then it'll be the biggest "F*** you" to Microsoft ?

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Johnnyboy787

And they say Sony doesn' t like Crossplay, all i been seeing during generations its Sony allowing crossplay, while MS its all talk, also why Sony offer crossplay with MS since MS was the one to close the door about PS and Xbox.

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RicanV

@johnnyboy787: Sony has done crossplay for quite a bit. The only reason there was outlash about a year ago was because MS used an aggressive marketing manuever to make it seem like Sony doesn't do crossplay.

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Ice12Tray

@johnnyboy787: Sony has a partnership with epic... they are probably Using that to keep Xbox off the list of crossplay. Not that it matters, anyone with a mouse and keyboard can easily destroy controller players.... let alone those playing on a damn touch screen....

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Jako998

@johnnyboy787: well Sony clearly doesn't wanna do cross play at all with Microsoft. Kinda dumb if you ask me since Microsoft wants to do it now but Sony wont do it if I remember right because of security reasons that they won't be able to control yet they will do it with pc , mac and now mobile. Kinda weird if You ask me

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Xristophoros

@jako998: sony earned its 80m ps4 users and does not want to share them with microsoft (which would improve the xbox's online community). can you blame them? that's business 101... give your competition no crutches. had the tables been turned and microsoft was the winner this gen, they would not be open to the idea, either. there would be numerous lost sales for sony had they opened up cross play for microsoft -- now, users will be required to sell their x1 for a ps4 to play with their friends. again, this is just business.

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Pyrosa

@Xristophoros: LOL... who still owns just one platform? Ridiculous.

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RicanV

@Pyrosa: Many people just own one platform. Quite often it has nothing to do with monetary issues but rather time.

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solid_snake1461

@Pyrosa: well, those that actually paying their own bill. I guess. Except for the PC, which I need for my work, why would I buy 2 similar console? That’s a huge waste of money. Especially when one is vastly superior to the other.

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Xristophoros

@Pyrosa: do you own all three current gen platforms and a pc? to me that would be ridiculous. i game on ps4 and pc, plus i go back to my legacy consoles such as the wii, ps2, ps3, ds, psp, vita from time to time. so yea, i only own one current gen console but might get a switch down the line.

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Pyrosa

@Xristophoros: Spare capital makes all things possible, for those who have it. (You basically proved my point, BTW.)

Here's an example:

I love Gears Horde.

I love Bloodborne and can't wait for God of War.

I've racked up more Civ hours across the series than probably all other series.

Demon's Souls server announcement caused a need to get in one more run before things got quiet.

Smash Bros will finally be THE game/reason to buy a Switch and play w/family this Xmas.

Why not play all of them? Time is very limited the older you get, so you need to pick EXACTLY what games you want to try -- even if you don't have time to "finish" them.

Lots of HDMI inputs on that receiver, and cable management space in the ent.center...

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altairdarius

with iphones battery quality meh but super hyped giving it a try. Already own it on PS4 but joining a game while drinking a coffee with friends at some bar it will be intriguing.

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GarySan

Sounds great. I have to say Epic Games are a seriously talented bunch - it’s definitely a studio filled with expert veterans of the field who knows what they are doing. The technical polish and additional content they have given to Fortnite BR across different platforms in such a short period of time has been nothing short of incredible. So far they are really riding the momentum wave by making all the right moves, including the exclusion of Xbox crossplay. Gotta love it.

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sladakrobot

It seems that the safety and security on pcs and mobile devices for minors are better than those on Xbl and Sony is fine to work with those plattforms.

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walbo

@sladakrobot: in what way? I was under the impression Sony just don't want to cross play with there main competitor for obvious reasons.

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NaturallyEvil

@walbo: I think you may have missed some sarcasm... It sounds like a reference to Sony's excuses about why they won't allow cross-play on other games.

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walbo

@NaturallyEvil: ah right yea that makes sense.

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lionheartssj1

Mobile?! I suck at the game, but I know better than to try and play on a mobile device. Also, the PC crowd is going to feast on the console players.

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GarySan

@lionheartssj1: The PC players won’t be playing with PS4 or iOS players by default. PS4 iOS players can join the pc lobby if they want to put themselves at a disadvantge, but not the vice versa.

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runstalker

@garysan: Plus, the mobile versions will support Bluetooth controllers confirmed, so while you'll have to cope with touchscreen controls for quick pick up and play at work, the bar, coffee shop, boring family reunions, etc. - you'll be able to use a controller with a console scheme in the mobile versions when it's feasible.

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gamer162594

@lionheartssj1: PC won't "feast" on console. Just wait, we have "aim assist is overpowered and not fair" complaints in 5...4..3..2..

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Pyrosa

@gamer162594: Don't forget Titanfall-esque "input lag compensation favoring mobile" arguments...

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FullySkully

Cross play between console and PC on a shooter... this is gonna end well *sarcasm*

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solid_snake1461

@fullyskully: it's kinda sadistic. People want cross-play knowing full well that PC with its huge advantage will destroy those on other platforms? Well, who care? It's their wish and we shall grant it to them. If they suffer from that decision, then so be it.

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Pyrosa

@solid_snake1461: EXACTLY. Give the consumers the choice.

I wish them well.

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lebanese_boy

The absence of the Xbox One on that list is conspicuous to say the least. I think they should be included, hopefully someday we have true crossplay across all available platforms.

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GarySan

@lebanese_boy: Epic is a studio filled with talented as hell developers, but they are also massive trolls. I call BS on them "accidentally" enabled Xbox and PS Cross play during a time when Cross play was a heated topic. And here once again, "Our friends Sony" - they knew very well this was going to tick the Xbox fanboys off lol

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Pyrosa

@lebanese_boy: It's business. Straight-up "we will pay you to keep them excluded" from long before day 1. (I've been in since STW Alpha)

Let us not forget that this is THE game that silently enabled all-platforms cross-play for several days before anyone noticed it. It has nothing to do with the tech -- it's the contracts.

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lebanese_boy

@Pyrosa: Regarding your 2nd paragraph: this kinda makes Epic come off as hypocrites if they did sign some deal to exclude Xbox seeing as they were preaching about all gamers deserving crossplay.

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AlexOfBurg

This smells of a backdoor deal by Sony and Epic. Hopefully it's not a sign of things to come. Could you imagine if other games started following this same model?

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Pyrosa

@alexofburg: It wasn't back-door -- it was in place and talked about on the forums before STW went online last July.

Sony invested early.

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Soarlozer

@alexofburg: The problem is everyone follows this narrative of xbox being the only one to want universal cross play yet history says they didn't (360 was a head in sales and they literally wanted xbox live to stay a closed system). Most recently people keep saying nintendo and MS is onboard but Sony doesn't want it but then why does Sony still lead the way in PC - console crossplay games.

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AlexOfBurg

@soarlozer: The people that ran xbox back with 360 are not the same people running xbox now.

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gamer162594

@soarlozer: You have Sony Rose Colored Glasses on dude.

The past means NOTHING. All that matters is today and the future.....and Sony refuses to cross play with Nintendo and Xbox.

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Genji_Shimada

@alexofburg: It is, I'm not sure if you remember but they recently gave out free items to PS4 players.

Although Epic owes a lot of their success to Microsoft they seem to harbor some sort of hatred for their past partnerships.

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gamingdevil800

@genji_shimada: Cause they are a business and work with whoever they please. They don't take the fan boy perspective of "we can't betray our old buddy microsoft after gears of war".

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sakaiXx

Wow.

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Jako998

It would of made more sense for xbox more than ps4 in my opinion. Oh well I honestly prefer pubg honestly so this doesn't matter as much to me.

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gamingdevil800

@jako998: Not really considering PS4 has the bigger install base.

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Jako998

@gamingdevil800: I dont think install base matters here. Its a free to play game on all platforms. Not including xbox is kinda dumb.

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guitargladiator

@jako998: sony did a deal with epic. thats why xbox is the only thing missing from cross play