Epic Games has announced the impending launch of Fortnite Battle Royale on mobile devices, starting next week with a limited roll-out to selected iOS 11 devices. With cross-play integration, players will be able to team up with friends across several devices and platforms. While some community speculation was hesitant about the news, others were quick to point out that you can connect Bluetooth supported controllers to the mobile devices, and Epic Games was also quick to point out that the cross platform play will be an option in-game, with mobile users deciding if they want to play with and against other system users. The popular game takes the familiar artistic direction and freemium structure of popular mobile games and combines it with the last-person-standing gameplay directive of other viral titles like PUBG to get users running and gunning through its maps. It's an interesting move from a console maker that continues to stand in the way of cross-console play between the PS4 and Xbox One or Switch. And we won't have to wait very long to see if Epic Games is telling the truth either, as sign ups for an invite event on iOS begin Monday.
A mobile version of Fortnite felt somewhat inevitable, but surprisingly, mobile players will be able to compete against PS4, PC and Mac players via Cross Play. Fueled mainly by its free battle royale mode (the Save the World mode, in which you team with other players to kill monsters, now costs $40, £33 and AU$60), the game was reported last month to have hit 3.4 million concurrent players, beating PUBG's record of 3.2 million.
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Sign-ups will open on Monday for an invite-only test on iOS; Android will follow "in the next few months". 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're invited to participate, you'll also receive friend invite codes to share with friends. Its success was immediate: Released under a free-to-play model, the Battle Royale variant of Fortnight reached ten million players just two weeks post-launch - and now Epic is looking to boost those numbers still further with a mobile port.