'Fortnite Battle Royale' heading to mobile, iOS test run announced

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“Fortnite: Battle Royale” is about to go mobile. As if more than 40 million players aren’t enough, developer Epic Games has announced that the 100-player battle royale game is coming to phones and tablets.

The announcement was made by the Fortnite Team on Epic’s official website. Despite being a mobile version, the upcoming release is expected to come with the same online experience that millions of people are enjoying right now.

“Same gameplay, same map, same content, same weekly updates,” the developers said in the statement. The post also announces a partnership with Sony for Cross Play options across PS4, PC, Mac, iOS and Android. The Xbox One edition will not support the feature in the meantime, most likely due to Epic’s deal with Sony.

On Monday US time, players get to sign up for an invite-only test run. Those who will receive the invites also get their own invite codes to share with their friends. Unfortunately, the event is only available on iOS, with Android support heading “in the next few months.” An internet connect is required, as well as iOS 11 running “on at least an iPhone 6S/SE, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad 2017 devices.”

“Fortnite: Battle Royale” is a free-to-play experience that is part of Epic’s survival game “Fortnite.” The Battle Royale mode has taken the world by storm. In fact, Epic announced at the start of the year that the game, available for PC and consoles, has been downloaded more than 40 million times, making it one of the biggest, if not the biggest, battle royale games in existence.