Fortnite App: 8 Things to Know About Fortnite for iPhone & Android

The Fortnite app is official and you will soon be able to play Fortnite for iPhone and iPad, with a Fortnite Android release coming. Fortnite Battle Royale is starting out as invite only on the iPhone and iPad on Monday. Technically this is Fortnite Battle Royale, but we’re shortening it like most users do.

This brings the same game that you know on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Mac to mobile. You will even be able to play against gamers on PS4 and on computers so you can join up and play with friends even when they aren’t on iPhone or iPad.

This is what you need to know about playing Fortnite on iOS, how to sign up to play and what parents need to know about the Fortnite app. While you wait, check out the best battle royale games for iPhone and Android.

Fortnite iPhone Release Date

What you need to know about Fortnite for iPhone, iPad and Android.
What you need to know about Fortnite for iPhone, iPad and Android.

The Fortnite iPhone release date is on Monday Match 12th, but only for people who get an invite. Starting Monday you can sign up for the Fortnite iPhone app and if you are selected you can start playing.

You need to sign up on the Epic website and invites will go out on a first come, first serve basis. The game will expand to more players over the coming months. If you get an invite you will be able to invite friends.

Fortnite is coming to iOS 11 and to the iPhone 6s or iPhone SE and newer and the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad 2017 devices.

Fortnite Android Release Date

There is no Fortnite Android release date mentioned, only that it is coming “eventually”. Given the time frame of opening up the Fortnite app to more iPhone and iPad users over several months, we may not see Fortnite on Android until mid-year. Be cautious of fortnite.apk files you find online claiming to offer you early access.

Fortnite Cross Play Details

In a surprising move, you will be able to play against other gamers on different systems. You can play against gamers on PS4, Mac and PC while you play on iOS. Your progress will also sync across the platforms.

There is no mention of Xbox One cross play and it is unlikely that Epic will add this to the game.

Fortnite iPhone Controller Support

We don’t yet know what kind of controller support we will see for Fortnite on iPhone and iPad. Both iOS devices support controllers that allow you to better play complex games. Not every game fully supports controllers, but given the cross play and the console roots it would make sense to see Fortnite

What is the Fortnite App?

The Fortnite app is a mobile version of Fortnite Battle Royale. As the name implies this is a battle royale game where many players drop into a map that starts to shrink until there is only one player left.

You need to loot items and in Fortnite collect resources since there is a lot of building involved in the gameplay. You can check out the Fortnite game in the video above. This same game is coming to iPhone and iPad in the Fortnite app.

Is Fortnite Safe For Kids?

Fortnite is more kid friendly than PUBG thanks to a cartoonish graphic style. The building element may sound like Minecraft, but this is still a shooter. Keep that in mind as you decide if this is a game for your kid to play.

Fortnite on consoles is rated Teen for violence. The game doesn’t show gore, which is a factor to consider. The video below shows Fortnite gameplay so you can judge for yourself.

Common Sense Media gives Fortnite a 4/5 rating and rates it A+ for educational value, likely due to the strategic thinking portion. there is no sex, drinking, drugs or smoking in the game. There is no in-game offensive language. It’s not clear if the Fortnite iPhone app will include voice chat, which could lead to kids hearing strong language from other gamers.

You can expect to see Fortnite In App Purchases, we’ll share more on what that may look like below.

How Much is the Fortnite App?

Fortnite is a free game to play and you can actually play it completely free on all the systems. You can play Fortnite Battle Royale without paying for anything, but the goal of the game is to get you to spend money on micro transactions.

Fortnite In App Purchases

There are no Fortnite In App purchases yet, but based on the format for PS4, Xbox One, Mac and PC we should see in app purchases similar to existing versions.

Expect to see options to buy V-Bucks starting at $9.99 and possibly going up as high as $99.99 based on how the in app purchases work on consoles. You can use this in-game to level up your player faster.

You should also see a Fortnite Battle Pass which unlocks tiers, weapons and more. This is 950 V-Bucks and offers,  “100 tiers, 100 rewards. The more you play, the more you unlock. Level up faster and do it on your own schedule. Weekly Challenges give you the flexibility to make progress whenever you can play.” You can buy the Battle Bundle, which includes Battle pass and unlocks the next 25 tiers at a 40% discount for 2,800 V-Bucks.

The exchange rate is 1,000 V Bucks for $9.99. if you spend more at a time you can get a bonus amount of V-Bucks.

10 Best PUBG Like Battle Royale Games for Android and iPhone

Rules of Survival

Ok, first things first, just download the official PUBG Mobile. Otherwise, the absolute best clone and nearly identical experience around comes from Rules of Survival. It's the most popular iPhone battle royale game, and Android battle royale game. 

With Rules of Survival, you'll drop into 8 x 8 km island and enjoy basically everything you love from PUBG. They have the same style for weapons, run or fight, pick your weapons, jump for cover, and much more. Originally Rules of Survival had massive multiplayer battle royale fights with 120 players, but now they have even more. 

A recent update increased the map size to 8 x 8 km, and now lets you join games with 300 players at a time. It's pretty intense, to say the least. Personally, I find more guns and ammo and have a better time in Rules of Survival than the new PUBG. 

Get tons of weapons, ammo, backpacks, health, shields, attachments, and they even have voice-chat. Yes, it's pretty close to PUBG for mobile, and it's a blast. With over 100 million downloads, there's no reason you shouldn't try it. 

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