Fortnite is finally coming to the Android smartphone and tablets, according to sources with knowledge of the release date.
The hugely-successful survival shooter looks set to debut on the mobile operating system next month, as part of an exclusive deal to help promote the launch of Samsung’s latest flagship handset, the Galaxy Note 9.
Fortnite will purportedly only be available to Galaxy Note 9 owners for the first 30 days after the title launches on Android, according to insiders.
After the 30-day exclusivity deal expires, Fortnite will be free to download from the Google Play Store.
The video game, created by developer Epic Games, has become a sensation worldwide, amassing more than 125 million players across the globe.
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Android users can rejoice as Fortnite is finally set to join the platform. It has been reported by people close to the project that Fortnite on Android will be revealed at the same time as Samsung’s latest marquee handset, the Note 9
Android is the last remaining major platform to be conquered by Fortnite, which is already available on Xbox, PlayStation, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Mac and PC.
The title made its debut on a smartphone operating system when it launched on iOS, which powers the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, back in April.
Since the launch on the iOS App Store, developer Epic Games has remained tight-lipped about when players can expect to see the title on rival Android devices.
Samsung is set to hold a hardware announcement at the Brooklyn Centre in New York for its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 9, on August 9 2018.
The South Korean firm mailed out invites to event, known as Unpacked, last month.
WHAT IS FORTNITE?
Fortnite is a game that originally launched as a disk back in July 2017 and was then turned into a free-to-download game by its developer, Epic Games, in September.
There are three forms of the game: ‘Battle Royale’, ‘Save The World’ and ‘Playground’.
Save the world is the original form of the game and is currently not available to play as part of the free-to-download game, instead it comes as part of a £30 ($40) extra.
It is a co-op mode with a story that’s playable solo or online with friends.
Fortnite is a battle royale-style survival shooter where players create a superhero avatar and compete against each other on a dystopian island
Users compete in teams of up to three to complete a variety of missions.
It is rumoured that the game will be added to the free-to-play version of the game in the future.
Whilst Save The World may be the original version of the game, its sister mode is by far the most popular.
Battle Royale is a game of survival where players create a superhero avatar and compete against each other on a dystopian island.
Each game, or ‘match’ as each competition is known, starts with 100 players.
The aim of the game is to be the last one standing. Users can form allegiances and play in small groups.
To enable this and the interactive experience, the game allows completely open communication between players.
Inspired by the Hunger Games novels and films, gamers search for weapons to help them survive.
Armed with quirky weapons and amusing dances, the game has swept across the gaming world, with children flocking to it.
While there is no exact figure on how many children play Fortnite, the game has so far pulled in an audience of over 125 million players.
Playground is the latest addition to the game and is a consequence free mode with more loot and unlimited respawning to allow players to get creative.
It involved groups of up to four people working as a team and the players can hone their skills as the practise in advance of entering Battle Royale where they will face better players.
An exclusive partnership between Fortnite creator Epic Games and Samsung will purportedly see any fans who pre-order the Note 9 receive between £76 to £115 ($100 and $150) worth of V-Bucks, 9to5Google reports.
V-Bucks are the in-game currency used to buy outfits and weapons.
Although the initial download is free, Fortnite includes a number of optional in-app purchases for players to upgrade their in-game avatar.
The most expensive in-app item is £99.99 ($130).
Fortnite is tipped to only be available on the latest Samsung hardware for a month following the launch of the Note 9.
After the 30 days, the title will become available to anyone with an Android-powered smartphone or tablet to download the software and play the game, say insiders.
The Samsung Note 9 will replace the Note 8 as the South Korean firms top-tier smartphone.
According to the latest rumours, the new phablet will be very similar in design, albeit with a redesigned fingerprint scanner positioned below the rear-camera, and a faster processor.
An exclusive deal with Fortnite could be the clearest indication yet that Samsung’s main goal with the Note 9 is to push deeper into the field of mobile gaming.
According to anonymous sources speaking to technology blog XDA Developers, Samsung will emphasis the role of the included stylus – known as the S Pen – in mobile gaming experiences.
Android (pictured) is the last remaining major platform to be conquered by the game, with it available on Xbox, Playstation, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Mac and PC
Believed to be a 30-day exclusive, the partnership between Android and Samsung could trigger a more widespread roll out of the game to all Android devices
Fortnite could also feature some integration with Samsung’s DeX, a docking station that allows the phone to power a monitor – transforming it into a desktop set-up.
Using the DeX could allow Galaxy Note 9 users to play the video game with a mouse and keyboard when at home.
Mobile gaming has been hugely-successful for Fortnite, with the iOS version of the game producing £72 million ($100 million) in the first 90 days alone.
According to Bloomberg, the unstoppable success of Fortnite has helped to increase developer Epic Games’ valuation to between $5 billion (£3.8 billion) and $8 billion (£6 billion).
WHAT WERE MAILONLINE’S FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE GALAXY NOTE 8?
Overall, the phone seems capable of redeeming the Note reputation after the disaster of the Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung focused on high quality where it matters, such as in the camera and the memory.
It prioritized a smooth, functional phone with the best of the best for each feature rather than adding too many unnecessary bells and whistle-type additions.
Every new feature seems like something users would actually use.
The screen truly feels limitless.
Overall, the phone seems capable of redeeming the Note reputation after last year’s disaster.
The S Pen is noticeably more precise than the last, our reporter found
Holding it, I can’t believe how sleek and light it is for its perceived size.
It certainly deceives you. The screen is truly massive and could enable users to perform tasks previously found to be cumbersome on smartphones.
With this device, fewer people will be using their laptops, I assume.
It’s feels slimmer than the iPhone Plus but not by an extreme amount.
If you consider the massive screen space, however, it feels much, much slimmer and lighter for size than the iPhone.
The S Pen is noticeably more precise than the last.
Coloring a graphic of New York City in PenUp, it’s actually difficult to color outside the lines.
My favorite new feature is the Live Focus.
Samsung cameras have long been of great quality and produced amazing photos, but the depth this feature provides brings this phone the closest to a professional camera that I’ve seen from any smartphone.
It’s ability to to focus on a point in the foreground while blurring the background makes the pictures incredible.