Sign-ups for Fortnite Battle Royale’ Mobile on iOS and Android are now live and open. It has arrived on mobile devices for the first battle, with both iPad and iPhone versions of the popular game now available for download, although there are caveats.
Android users will have to wait for a chance to play “Fortnite Battle Royale’ on mobile. Initial sign-ups for Fortnite Mobile iOS program went live, but Fortnite.com went down shortly after the link to the sign-ups appeared, and it was more than two hours before Epic Games managed to get it back up again.
In order to try it on your iOS, what you need to do? Developer Epic Games just opened up sign-ups for the iOS pilot program for the just-announced mobile version of the massively popular battle royale game – all you have to do is go to this website link and fill out the forms to get a chance at being one of the first few to try it out.
For starters, you will need to sign up for early access to the game no matter which platform you choose, but only then will you receive an invitation as well as additional access codes that can be distributed to friends and family who also want to try the game out.
To participate, you’ll need an internet connection, iOS 11, and at least an iPhone 6S/SE, iPad Mini 2, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 or any 2017 iPads to participate. And of course, iPhone 7 Plus will work. While the battle royale game of multiplayer game is nothing new, Fortnite has taken it to new heights that even the likes of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds were previously unable to reach. Before its mobile release, Fortnite Battle Royale was reaching around 3.4 million concurrent players at its peak.
Remember, one thing, this is a limited access pilot program, so you’re really just entering into a lottery by giving Epic your email. The chosen few will receive emails when they can start playing, which Epic seems to suggest is in the near-future. Given the social nature of this game, they’ll also receive extra codes for their friends.
If you don’t get a code right away, Epic will be sending out future waves after this initial one. and the game obviously will eventually see a full commercial release. At this early stage, we can only expect a slightly less-polished product than what Epic will eventually release to the public.
Perhaps the main reason for Fortnite Battle Royale’s popularity is the fact that it is free to play, even on gaming consoles and PC. The game itself is exactly the same, complete with 100-player battles and cross-platform multiplayer with the PS4 and PC.
The early access codes are now being made available for the iOS version, Android version will follow in the coming months. Epic Games has not yet said when Fortnite Battle Royale will go on official release for everyone, including the Android version.
You will be having a good look at when you get your hands on the game, which will be how well the control scheme translates to touch, particularly since the game relies on switching back and forth between shooting and a building mechanic that requires a certain degree of speed and dexterity to pull off in any kind of competitive way. What’s not expected is the controls to be as responsive or as accurate as a mouse and keyboard on PC, but you’ll still be looking for a baseline level capable of maintaining the same essential experience of the game across platforms.
With iOS Fortnite Battle Royale game users have early access as of today, it’s only a matter of time before Android gamers get to join the bandwagon – although as we say, Epic Games is staying pretty quiet on when exactly that might be. This is the only thing they have literally said about the Android release:
We expect to rollout Android in the next few months. If you are on an Android device, please sign up by clicking the button above. We’ll notify you when your Android device is supported.
If you decide to get in on the early beta action then you will need to have an iPhone, iPad running iOS 11 in order to get into the game. Simply head over to Fortnite’s website here to get started, but be advised, that the website is expectedly experiencing a high volume of traffic, and is currently in a situation of maintenance mode. Fortnite will be the same game whether you’re playing on iOS, Android, PC, Xbox One or PS4.
Update: The site is back online.
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