If you happen to keep tabs with the latest in the gaming community then you already know that Epic Games’ Fortnite Battle Royale is the hottest thing out there.
I know, PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) will want to dispute that statement but I will stick by it. If anything, Fortnite Battle Royale has been eating into PUBG’s gains. Part of Fortnite Battle Royale‘s wide appeal is that it is available on all the major gaming platforms: consoles (Xbox One, PlayStation 4) and on the desktop (PC and Mac).
If you are following then you have already realized that Fortnite Battle Royale is missing in action on the widely popular Nintendo Switch and, of course, the other portable devices many people on the planet have: mobile devices. While we still don’t have a definite date for when Switch users will be able to compete with one another for the chance to be the last survivor, things are about to change as far as mobile is concerned.
According to a statement by Epic Games, Fortnite Battle Royale is coming soon to mobile devices starting with iOS and then moving on to Android at a later date (no specifics given, yet). Well, that pecking order certainly sucks but we’ll take the half a loaf of bread over no bread at all.
Even though I keep on being killed before I can progress to the lower half of the spectrum and stand a chance of winning for once, I still find myself getting on the Fortnite bandwagon every other time I have a minute of two to spare on my PS4. The quest to be the ultimate last man standing keeps me, and millions of other players across the world, always coming for more. Just last month (February 2018), 3.4 million people were battling for top honours simultaneously around the world. A total of 45 million others own the game and play it on either their consoles or their desktop computers.
Fortnite is a movement and there’s no stopping it. When it finally lands on Android, it will be game over.
The beauty here is that not only will Battle Royale be coming to mobile, it will also allow mobile gamers to play against those using consoles or PCs. That is a rarity in gaming circles as cross-platform play is something that the gatekeepers deliberately sabotage so that they can keep their ludicrous platform-lock policies going on and make more money off each one of us.
“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,” reads the statement from Epic Games. Ditto.
iOS users can sign up to receive an invite to try out Battle Royale starting next Monday through the Fortnite website. I will be back with details on when Android users can expect to do the same and be on the next Battle Bus.
Probably this news will make the developers of PUBG to accelerate their plans for making the game available on PS4 and, maybe, someday, mobile (read Android).