For years now, gamers have gotten used to popular, big-budget console and PC games coming to mobile phones in the form of cheesy, heavily scaled-down “companion experiences” like match-three games or foolish screen-tappers. So it was a bit startling late last night when Epic Games announced that the arriving mobile and inscription versions of Fortnite: Battle Royale would be “the same 100-player diversion you know from PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac. Same gameplay, same map, same content, same weekly updates.”
As if to stress the matching inlet of this mobile port, Sony will capacitate Cross Play and Cross Progression between the PS4 and mobile/tablet versions, as good as with the existent PC and Mac versions (which used to need some workarounds to play with the PS4). It’s an engaging pierce from a console builder that continues to mount in the way of cross-console play between the PS4 and Xbox One or Switch. Fortnite fast and incidentally valid such cross-console play was probable back in September, and Epic Games after pronounced players “deserve” such features.[Update: In a follow-up post this weekend, Epic announced that, “contrary to what may have been implied,” Xbox One players would also get “cross-play, cross-progression, and cross-purchase” with the PC and mobile versions of the game. Cross-play between the PS4 and Xbox One was not enclosed in the announcement.]
Epic Community Manager Nick Chester simplified in a twitter that players will be means to opt into cross-platform matchmaking queues or hang with players on the same platform. That’s substantially a good thing, since Chester also reliable that mobile players will be stuck with touchscreen controls initially, with controller support designed for “later.” Though we haven’t seen Fortnite‘s designed mobile control scheme yet, we’d suppose it will finish up being a poignant encumber compared to players with controllers or a mouse/keyboard setup.
After a delayed start in its strange form, Fortnite debuted its some-more rival “Battle Royale” mode in Sep and fast surged to a large 40 million downloads as of January. That mode is an apparent curtsy to the prior success of the identical Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, but Fortnite’s version brings its own twists that have valid endearing to legions of fans so far.
An authentic mobile pier for Fortnite: Battle Royale creates clarity as the marketplace of intensity players on consoles and gaming PCs starts to get saturated. The pier also highlights the usually augmenting energy of mobile phones and tablets, which can now compare the opening of at slightest the reduce finish of major 3D console games but issue.
With literally billions of intensity players to be found exclusively on such mobile devices, Fortnite could help pave the way for other major 3D games to make the jump to a mobile marketplace that is mostly unjustly seen as an indie-and-puzzle diversion backwater.
“We trust this is the future of games,” Epic writes in its announcement. “The same diversion on all platforms. Console peculiarity graphics and action. Play when you want, where you want.”
Players with an iPhone 6S or iPad Air 2 (or greater) and iOS 11 can sign up for an invite-only beta starting on Monday, with invites going out shortly after. Android support will come in “the next few months” according to the announcement.