Epic Games announced Thursday that they are working on Fortnite Battle Royale for mobile devices. They said it will be on iOS first and Android shortly after. You can sign up as soon as Monday March 12 for and invite. If you get invited you will also be able to invite a couple of friends. Epic Games also announce Cross Play and Cross Progression between the PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iOS, and eventually Android. You will be able to “squad up” with friends from any of the platforms listed. It will still be the 100 player games you know and love. They will also have regular updates, the same map and content.
“We believe this is the future of games. The same game on all platforms. Console quality graphics and action. Play when you want, where you want.”
This will be interesting to see how it plays out. I think someone on an iPhone or iPad has a significant disadvantage to another player on the PC, or even dare I say, a console. You might have noticed I didn’t say Xbox. Sony has said in the past they do not want to have cross-platform play with Microsoft. Epic Games also said “In partnership with our friends at Sony”, so there might have been a choice to be made on what console to use. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is only on the Xbox One at the moment so the Fortnite PS4 audience is probably much bigger.
Another interesting thing to point out is that Epic Games is owned by Tencent. If you don’t know, the Chinese conglomerate Tencent also owns Superccell and Riot Games, just to name a few. Tencent recently published a mobile version of the game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in China. We talked about it a little on episode 2 of the GamersGrove Podcast. Its really buggy and runs horribly (just like the normal game!), but its a start. There hasn’t been much news on if they will bring it to America. If they do it will be some good competition.
Mobile games have been on the rise and an extremely big market for any AAA game developer to bust into. EA (bleh) just released The Sims Mobile and it already has over a million downloads on Android. With such tension in the BR world I think its only a matter of time before either PUBG or Fortnite BR will make it to Nintendo’s Switch. I don’t think it would be cross-platform on the Switch, but it would still be neat to have it on the platform.
To be honest, as an Android user and supporter, i’m kinda of sad that they are putting Android in the back seat. I understand it is much easier to develop a game for iOS because there aren’t hundreds of devices to optimize it for, but we are a huge market share (almost 88 percent to be exact). Maybe it’s better that it will be on iOS first so they can get rid of all the bugs and problems before it comes to Android. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
What are your opinions on cross-platform with mobile devices, consoles, and PC?