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Fortnite is finally coming to Android this summer (Update: Perhaps a July 24 launch?)
Update (07/11/18): Developer Tencent Games took to Twitter and teased a possible July 24 launch for Fortnite on Android.
It’s coming. pic.twitter.com/byLcEeUC9W— 腾讯游戏Tencent Games (@Tencent_Games_) July 10, 2018
It might seem strange that Tencent Games, which is also in charge of PUBG Mobile, would be the folks behind Fortnite on Android. Keep in mind that Tencent Holdings part-owns PUBG Corp. and Epic Games, so it makes sense for Tencent Games to be in charge of the two studios’ mobile battle royale ports.
Then again, Epic Games is in charge of Fortnite’s iOS port. Perhaps Epic Games did not want to stretch out its resources too much.
Either way, we will learn more on July 24.
Original article: Sorry, Fortnite fans with Android phones, you’re going to have to wait a bit longer until you can pick up those Victory Royales on the go.
Battle royale addicts with Android devices have been holding out for a set release date for Epic Games’ insanely popular title hit iOS devices just over two months ago. In an official developer update earlier today, the developer/publisher confirmed that development is still underway and that it is “targeting this summer for the release.”
Epic said back in March that the online shooter would arrive on the Play Store “in a few months.” The new release window given today suggests we’ll see Fortnite come to Android phones and tablets between late June and early September.
While it’s disappointing to hear that there’s still at least another month to wait, it seems like the extra time will be put to good use.
Epic is looking to improve the experience on mobile, no doubt to ensure that it can fully compete with the platform’s other massively popular battle royale game, PUBG Mobile. In the developer update (via The Verge), titled the “State of Mobile”, Epic announced a number of tweaks to the mobile version of Fortnite that should be available to Android users upon release.
These include a customizable HUD (pictured below), native voice chat, stat-tracking, as well as gameplay and performance optimizations and overall stability improvements.
On a final note regarding the upcoming Android version, Epic said: “We know many of you are excited for this release, and we promise that when we have more information to share, you’ll hear it from us first.”