Tim Sweeny, the founder and CEO of Epic Games, the makers of popular battle royale game Fortnite just got off the stage at the Samsung Unpacked 2018 event where the Korean device maker is announcing its latest smartphone, the Galaxy Note 9. And he had a couple of goodies for Android fans of the game who have been holding their breath for any news for a while now.
The good news: Fortnite arrives on Android this week. Users of Samsung devices – high-end Samsung Galaxy devices from the S7 to the latest (i.e. Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge , S8 / S8+, S9 / S9+, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3 and Tab S4) – are the first to be invited to try out the Fortnite for Android beta release starting today.
The bad news: Samsung Galaxy users remain a priority for the next 30 days.
However, users of the following devices from 10 different companies can expect to get in on the fun soon as their devices are already supported, according to Epic Games:
- Google: Pixel / Pixel XL, Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
- Asus: ROG Phone, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, V
- Essential: PH-1
- Huawei: Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10 / Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20 / Pro, V10
- LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+
- Nokia: 8
- OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6
- Razer: Phone
- Xiaomi: Blackshark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6 / 6 Plus, Mi 8 / 8 Explorer / 8SE, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2
- ZTE: Axon 7 / 7s, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11
Yeah, this list was off.
While these are the devices where Fortnite has been tested and confirmed to be working just fine, other Android devices may also be able to play the game as long as they meet the following requirements: be running on Android Lollipop (5.0) or higher, have at least 3GB RAM and have an Adreno 530 GPU or better, a Mali-G71 MP20, Mali-G72 MP12 or better.
Users of smartphones from Sony (Xperia XZ/ XZs, XZ1, XZ2), Lenovo/Motorola (Moto Z / Z Droid, Moto Z2 Force) and HTC (HTC 10, U Ultra, U11 / U11+, U12+) will have to wait a little longer as the Epic Games team is still working on getting Fortnite to work on their devices.
Now, if your device happens to be either listed above or meets the requirements, you need to register (here) to be invited to give the game a spin. That is for everyone else with a non-Samsung Galaxy device. Samsung Galaxy smartphone and tablet users just need to head to the Galaxy Apps store and Fortnite will be waiting for them there. This is in addition to the special skin they are getting in the game.