If you had told me when it launched after six years in development hell that Fortnite would become the biggest game in the world and playable on almost everything apart from a potato, I wouldn’t have believed. The rampant success of Fortnite: Battle Royale has led to Fortnite landing on mobiles, cross-play and all.
Fortnite on mobile devices is available primarily for iOS with an Android version for selected models coming in the future, as is always the case. Just in case you aren’t in the know, here’s where you should sign-up:
Fortnite Mobile: Where To Sign-Up
Luckily, there are no hoops for you to jump through to gain access to the mobile version of Fortnite, but you do need to hope that you’re invited — there’s sure to be limited spaces and a whole bunch of applicants.
To try your luck, just visit here and input your details. The process has already been going on for a day (March 12), so I wouldn’t waste any time. Epic has previously stated that their waiting list will be long and that they’re only picking a select few, but if you are selected you will also get some codes to send to friends.
Is the mobile version different?
According to Epic, Fortnite on mobile is exactly the same as it is on any other platform. It will be interesting to see if/how exploits like rocket riding will work on mobile devices, if at all.
You will be able to play with friends or solo in a last one alive format with gameplay stats carrying over to your different platforms. So, in essence: if you have 50 wins on PC and 20 on mobile, your stats will reflect 70 wins in total.
For the time being, however, you will not be able to use Bluetooth controller devices on mobile.
Which devices are compatible?
For the time being, the following iOS 11 devices (and their more updated counterparts) will be compatible with Fortnite on mobile:
– iPhone 6S/SE – iPad Mini 4 – iPad Pro – iPad Air 2 – iPad 2017
This means that if you have an iPhone 5 or the original Air then you will not be able to play Fortnite on mobile.
How does cross-play work?
Luckily, rather than instantly pitting mobile players against PC players and the ensuing bloodbath that will follow, Epic have come up with a rather interesting solution.
If you join a party with your PS4 friends and you on a mobile, it will then become cross-play against other cross-play squads. Mobile players will face other mobile players by default.
Are we going to play Fortnite on mobile?
It’s a definite curiosity, if nothing else. Such a popular game being playable across so many platforms with cross-play is something of a first, though I have to question how such an intricate and hectic game will work on a touchscreen. We’ll just have to wait and see.