The popular co-op survival game “Fortnite” looks like it will be arriving for Android mobile in the near future. With the game already available for multiple platforms including the Apple’s iOS mobile version, it will be a welcome addition for non-iPhone gamers.
As Business Insider reported on Friday, “Fortnite” developer Epic Games hasn’t given a specific date but said they are “targeting this summer.” They also have yet to give any further details about which models of Android phones will be able to download and support the “Fortnite” game. The expectation is that it will feature similar “on-screen” controls to the iPhone/iOS version of the game.
The iOS version of “Fortnite” was deployed for iPhone back in April. The iPhone 6S, iPhone 6SE, and newer models all are able to support the game. That could indicate that Android phones from the past two years will support “Fortnite.” That might include the original Google Pixel phone or the Galaxy S7, according to Business Insider’s speculation.
The massively popular survival game was first released as an early access title for various platforms back in July of last year. That included Microsoft’s Xbox, Windows, macOS, and the Sony PlayStation 4. However, the game is a downloadable product rather than one that can be purchased online or at a real-world store, yet. It’s expected there may be release dates for the physical copies of the game this year as well.
There is also a standalone version of the game called “Fortnite: Battle Royale” involving up to a 100-person battle royal style battle where the last character alive wins. That particular game was said to be nearing 50 million players this past March, showing just how popular the “Fortnite” titles have been. Making sure the game is on Android will be another huge boom for Epic Games.
Epic Game’s Fortnite Battle Royale recently revived its “50 v 50” mode. While the mode is only planned for a limited run, the major tweak it offers players is being placed on one of two teams, with the goal being the last team standing. To accommodate this alteration to the game’s usual activities, players are given perfect information of the final battleground’s location and one vessel is launched for each team, rather than using the one iconic aircraft bus.
50 v 50 seems to be the one mode that has caused the most altruistic of behaviors from among the player base. This shift can largely be attributed to the much larger number of people involved on a team; normal gameplay has players going solo, working as part of a duo or a four-man squad. The large number of potential allies has led to complete strangers showing up for a clutch revival, gifting other players equipment and fostering a genuine esprit de corps. One player noticed, on more than once occasion, where a teammate would immediately stop whatever task they were engaging in in order to assist the player. This was most apparent when building fortifications relied on team-effort.
Epic Games has always been one to foster spontaneous fun among its players and the addition of a rock-paper-scissors player emote was a handy, nonviolent way of settling arguments over who got what loot. Furthermore, Epic snuck a trio of dance floors into its map for the month of April. One remarkable video featured a dance party of four players coming upon a dance area right as a fifth player arrived with intent to kill the rest; the quartet returned fire, ended the invader’s antics and immediately returned to dancing.
While Fortnite is hardly immune from toxic players, the general consensus is that it has genuinely fostered a positive gaming experience. Helping others fosters good feelings and being grouped with 49 other players offers plenty of opportunities.
Fortnite is one of the most popular games in recent memory thanks to its massive popularity boost on the Xbox One. Fortnite, developed by Epic Games, is all about beating out 99 opponents in a massive 100-person battle royale. The game rose to fame on the Xbox One thanks to the fact that it was free, with Epic Games earning their money via an expanded release as well as aesthetic-only microtransactions. Now, Fortnite is looking to push ahead into a whole new market — the mobile market.
Fortnite has released for iOS products this past week in a pre-order/beta testing only mode. In order to play the game users had to have an updated iOS device to go along with an access key. Despite this limited release, Fortnite developers had to have been ecstatic to find that Fortnite Mobile rocketed up the sales charts in order to become the most downloaded free game in the app store. Not only that, Fortnite has already reached the two spot for the ‘top grossing’ mark on the Apple Store as well. It’s pretty easy to see why the title is being talked about so much right now — everyone is playing it!
Fortnite has been an absolute juggernaut on every platform that it has been released. The developers at Epic Games have been organically growing their hit title in a way that is maximizing the return on consumption that their rabid player base is offering. What makes Fortnite Mobile so impressive isn’t just its high sales marks, but also the fact that it will be an unflinching extension of the Fortnite experience.
Fortnite Mobile will be played as if it were an extension of the console and PC versions. This means that mobile gamers will be competing against gamers on all of the other consoles thanks to the shared server. Epic Games is taking a risk here but it is the kind of risk that can pay off in spades and so far it has.
The developers at Epic Games have been working hard to make 2018 the year that Fortnite completely draws beyond the reach of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Fortnite and PUBG are currently going head-to-head in a variety of different places, including the mobile market, but that doesn’t mean that Fortnite’s developers have forgotten about the core gameplay experience. Epic Games recently announced the release of an all-new game type: Blitz Mode.
Last month savvy gamers will have heard the news that Epic Games was teasing a new slate of game modes to go alongside their always-popular Battle Royale. One of those game modes that was teased went by the name of Blitz Mode. Blitz Mode looks to dramatically change the core gameplay experience for players that are looking for something new. In Blitz Mode, gamers will have to clear out their enemies in the 15 minutes of allotted time. The match features a tightened storm, an increased rate for chests, weapons, and ammo, and harvest resources have been amplified.
The goal with the Blitz Mode will be to increase the tempo of the game while giving new players a chance to showcase their stuff in a less stressful matchup. Epic Games claims that this new mode will allow the game to be more ‘fast and intense’. The new mode comes out at a time when Fortnite is seeing increased resistance from the PUBG developers who have announced a global mobile version of their own game. Epic Games knows that they have to prove themselves strong with their new updates from here on out.
Blitz Mode is now available for console and PC gamers but there is no telling just how long the mode will be available. Epic Games have made it a habit of theirs to rotate in game modes in order to test the player base. Blitz Mode will have gone online just after the 3.3 Patch which included a ton of bug fixes as well as the vaulting of a popular grenade — the smoke grenades. Patch 3.3 also showcased Supply Llamas, remote detonation explosives while pulling the Boogie Bomb from play.
“Fortnite Battle Royale” has quickly become the most popular video game in the world after launching in September 2017. The game was already being enjoyed by millions of video game fans on the PS4, Xbox One and PC, but it just launched on the iOS smartphone operating system a few days ago. Putting a survival shooter that requires a lot of skill to succeed on a mobile phone seemed like a bad idea, but “Fortnite Battle Royale” has already earned over $1.5 million dollars during its first four days on mobile devices.
“Fortnite Battle Royale” was able to quickly amass the big earning by becoming the top download in a total of 47 countries on its first day of availability. Unlike other popular mobile and console video games, “Fortnite Battle Royale” is completely free to download and play. Most of the earnings have come through the purchase of the $10 Battle Pass subscription that rewards players with special cosmetic items for their character in the game.
The massive earnings for “Fortnite” on iOS are impressive when you consider that the game is not available to everyone at the moment. Only people that have received a special invitation can download the game on their iPhone. These invitation are being limited to ensure that game runs smoothly. The game’s earnings are only going to skyrocket when everyone with a iOS or Android smartphone can get their hands on the game.
The earnings are even more impressive due to the fact that millions of people are already enjoying the game on their game console or personal computer. “Pokemon GO” had the same instant success, but that was only playable on a mobile device. Since the mobile download is just an extension of the original game, console gamers have no incentive to purchase anything through the app. All of their progress and items are instantly available once they download the mobile version. Most video game experts think the “Fortnite” phenomenon is going to die soon, but that does not look likely.