Fortnite mobile sees Epic's Battle Royale game branching out to new platforms.
Available now on iOS, Android users will also get access in the near future.
If you're just getting started, our Fortnite Battle Royale tips and tricks can provide some helpful hints.
How is Fortnite mobile different to other versions?
In March 2018, Epic Games announced Fortnite Battle Royale would be coming to mobile devices as "the same 100-player game you know from PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Mac".
The developer further elaborated that it would have the:
- Same gameplay and content
- Same map
- Same weekly updates (which we assume includes Seasons and new Challenges)
It even has cross-platform play (and progression) across iOS, Android, PC, Mac, plus consoles PS4 or Xbox. (To clarify, though you cannot have PS4 and Xbox users playing together, if you are on mobile or PC, you can play with the owner of either platform. Microsoft boss Phil Spencer would like to see all platforms work together with no barriers, however!)
How does it work in practice? Our own Christian Donlan has had a few matches and confirms it works rather well. The controls are naturally different, and there are some changes made to suit a touch screen - such as weapons picking up automatically and doors opening for you when approached - but it's otherwise the same game.
If you're curious, here's how the controls are different in combat and building modes:
When is Fortnite Android access happening?
While Fortnite iOS was playable very shortly after the mobile announcement, Android looks to be a little further away.
Developer Epic is "targeting this summer for the release", and that cross play with the platform will happen "eventually".
If you hear anything different, don't believe it. There are phishing scams doing the rounds that Epic's PR Nick Chester has warned players against:
For when it does eventually arrive, we don't know whether Fortnite Android will launch through an invite-only event - just like Fortnite iOS did - or if it'll be available freely for all players from day one.
So, if you want to play Fortnite on the go any time soon, looks like an iOS device is your best yet.
How to get a Fortnite on iOS
Fortnite first arrived on iOS as part of an invite-only event - with codes coming first from Epic itself, then offering those players three invites to pass on to their friends - but is now freely available to download.
Of course, you need to have select devices - specifically an iPhone 6S / SE, iPad Mini 4 / Pro / Air 2 / 2017, all running iOS 11 - for it to work.
Simply find the game on the App Store, log into your Epic Games account and get playing.
How Fortnite mobile invites worked
For those curious, here's how invites worked with Fortnite iOS first released. It's entirely possible Fortnite Android will operate in a similar way, but Epic Games has not confirmed the rollout method.
- 1. You can sign up for invites to start playing from the official site. Register your interest there to begin with.
- 2. From there, you play the waiting game. When you have an invite, you'll receive an email like so.
- 3. Time to download the Fortnite mobile app. The invite email will feature a URL you can follow, which is actually accessible whether you have an invite or not. Open the URL in Safari and it should then open the App Store app.
- 4. Download the Fortnite app and load it up. You'll then be asked whether you have received an invite or not. If you received the email, go ahead and log in and you'll start playing. If you haven't, you won't have access just yet. Keep the app downloaded on your phone, and when you receive the confirmation email, your account will have been authorized to log in and get playing.
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The day after Epic invited its first wave of players to play Fortnite on mobile, it allowed each player to then invite their own friends to play.
If you have the app, then load into the lobby and a button should appear on the right. Pressing it will allow you to copy and paste an invite code to send to friends, granting them access.
Using the invite will also add those players to their friend list.
If you don't want to deal with the whole invite system, the timing on when the game will leave early access into a fully fledged mobile release is uncertain.
With Epic Games saying it will continue to add players "over the coming months", it suggests not only multiple waves of invites are to come, but a full release won't happen for some time yet.