Epic Games’ battle royale blockbuster Fortnite has officially been released on Apple iOS devices. On other platforms, Fortnite has received rave reviews and its massive popularity has seen it overtake and obliterate its closest rival – Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.
Since its September 2017 launch on Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, the game’s free-to-play business model has steadily helped it pick up steam and is now firmly established at the vanguard of the online multiplayer universe. The game obtained over 10 million players just two weeks after its release, but recent estimates suggest the game has more than 45 million players.
Fortnite Battle Royale, to give it it’s full name, features up to 100 players, alone or in small squads, attempting to be the last player alive by killing other players or evading them.
Players must stay within a constantly shrinking safe zone to prevent taking lethal damage from being outside it.
They must scavenge for weapons and armour to gain the upper hand on their opponents and adds the construction element from the original Fortnite, where players can break down most objects in the game world to gain resources they can use to build fortifications as part of their strategy.
The newly-released iOS version looks very closely like the console version, though not quite as polished. The iOS iteration also differs in respect of controlling your players. Thanks to the iPads touchscreen, the luxury of a mouse and keyboard as on PC, makes the game increasingly difficult for iOS players. Instead of accessing everything you need through controllers and buttons, players must press different areas on the screen to control their player.
Epic announced the iOS release of Fortnite on its Twitter feed earlier this week, meaning it is available to anyone with an iPhone SE, 6S, 7, 8 and X, and with the iPad Mini 4, Air 2, 2017 and Pro models. An Android version is currently in development.
Fornite on iOS had previously been restricted to invitees of its beta program but you can now download the game direct from the App Store.
Fortnite’s biggest competitor, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, also launched their mobile version last month and like Fortnite, the game is also-free-to-play.
Fortnite makes its revenue from selling in-game items to players.