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.
“PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” has been the independent darling of 2017’s gaming landscape, to the point that it has now gone to iPhone and Android devices. While seasoned gamers may balk at the notion that a PC shooter could work just as well on an iPhone as it does on PC, the evidence indicates that both platforms are equally suitable. Despite the small size of the screen, everything seems to play well without requiring a controller, like the console releases necessitate. What may surprise most users is just how well the mobile version of PUBG maintains the sense of tension; headphones allow mobile players to track gunfire just as easily as someone playing on PC.
Others have commented that, much like with gaming PCs, anyone looking to experience mobile PUBG should do so only if they have a fresh model of phone. While graphics have taken an understandable hit for the sake of accessibility, with buildings being less populated and terrain being flatter and blurrier during while parachuting from the starting plane, the overall experience is one that is synonymous with what people expect from PUBG. Notably, the refresh rate on some phones may exceed that of a console experience. One reviewer, Matthew Gault of Motherboard, remarked that mobile PUBG is kinder to gamers who lack a specialized gaming mouse or lightning reflexes. Indeed, he feels that the mobile experience places everyone on equal footing in regarding to gaming skill.
One welcome distinction between the mobile version of PUBG and its contemporaries would be the inventory. Mobile PUBG automates loot collection, prioritizing whatever equipment your character is currently using; wielding an M16 will ensure that your character will focus on 5.56mm ammunition without having to push anything. While raiding a downed player’s corpse for gear involves a few more hoops, the game features quick item slots for one-shot items like bandages. The one major drawback to mobile PUBG? Tank controls combined with a touch interface for aiming.
Are you ready to acknowledge the fact that the gaming world is now in all-out war? PUBG and Fortnite, both developed independently of one another, have been competing for dominance in the battle royale genre for the past year. While both games are markedly different, the core of their content is the same: dominating up to 100 enemies in a vast game map that is replete with weapons. Fortnite seemingly took the upper hand earlier this month when it was announced that the title would be coming to the mobile market. Well, PUBG wasn’t one to be outdone and the developers behind the hit game have already announced plans to bring their star title to mobile markets.
So, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is coming to mobile gamers everywhere after the title had found success on the PC, making it one of the best selling games of all time in Steam history. PUBG mobile will hone in on the core gameplay elements that the console and PC versions of the title made so popular: 100 player battle royale game modes. The goal in Battle Royale is to outlast your opponent and the mayhem will be making its way to mobile in much the same fashion.
PUBG was developed for the mobile market in collaboration with a mobile gaming company named Tencent. Chen Jerry, the VP at Tencent, praised the work that had gone into PUBG. Jerry went on to say, “We are working hard to create an authentic PUBG mobile experience that players new and old will love.”
PUBG Mobile is hitting the mobile market with direct competition but the PUBG team already has a leg up on their competition. Whereas Fortnite is a free console game, the mobile version is on invite-only. PUBG is a paid experience on console/PC but the mobile version of the game will be available on iOS and Android platforms for free. PUBG will be able to immediately steer the market toward their brand of mobile battle royale.
One of the most popular shooters on the market today is likely about to get even more popular in the very near future. We’ve long known the PC exclusive was coming to the Xbox One as part of that platform’s game preview program. Now it appears Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds is going to be going mobile as well. Don’t get too excited yet, unless you happen to live in mainland china. Tencent announced on Monday that the game would be getting a mobile port, but that mobile port is only going to be available in the communist country.
The game in the United States has long been developed and handled by Bluehole Studios. Last week Tencent announced it had acquired the rights to the game for the Chinese market. Instead of bringing it over there in some new kind of console port, it is going for something that is playable on the Android and iOS platforms. Tencent also announced, according to Dualshockers that it would be making a few modifications here and there in order to have a better reception in the Chinese market.
The real question about this news is whether or not North American and European players will eventually be able to get their hands on the mobile version of PuBG. It seems as though there would be one heck of a market for Android and iOS in the states and Great Britain. Because Tencent is taking over development of that mobile version, there is not telling whether or not there can ever even be a kind of version of what Chinese gamers are about to get offered.
It seems as though bringing PuBG to the mobile platforms all over the world would only be a good thing. At the same time, it’s possible Bluehole understands there is such as thing as overexposure. There is also the little issue that the game still hasn’t been officially released on any platform. While it’s expected to be released as version 1.0 by the end of 2018 on PC, there isn’t an official date yet.