Fortnite developer Epic Games has announced that it’s bringing Fortnite Battle Royale — the incredibly popular free-to-play multiplayer game — to iOS and Android devices, via Polygon.
The port is coming to both phones and tablets, and Epic Games promises that “it’ll be same 100-player game you know from PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac,” with the same gameplay, content, maps, and weekly updates as the console and PC versions. Users will be able to sign up for an iOS beta starting on March 12th, with invites rolling out shortly afterward. Players who get an invitation will also get several invites to send to friends as well. Android support is planned in the next few months.
Fortnite Battle Royale on mobile will support cross-play and cross-progression between the PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iOS, and eventually the Android versions of the game — meaning you’ll be able to play with and against players from other platforms and team up with friends across devices.
Notably missing from that list is the Xbox One, which seems to be left out of the cross-platform fun. Epic Games’ blog post does mention that the cross-platform function is “in partnership with our friends at Sony,” which may explain the Microsoft snub here. On a purely technical level, we already know that cross-play between Xbox One and PS4 consoles in Fortnite is completely possible since that very thing happened last year for a few hours due to a “configuration issue.”
THE XBOX ONE ISN’T INCLUDED FOR CROSS-PLATFORM GAMES
Sony has also repeatedly turned down Microsoft’s overtures for cross-platform play between Xbox One and PlayStation devices in the past, claiming last year at E3 that it wouldn’t be willing to turn on cross-platform play for games like Minecraft and Rocket League because of concern for the safety of younger players.