Epic Games and People Can Fly are bringing Fortnite Battle Royale to iOS, which is incredibly exciting for fans who want to play the hit battle royale game on the go. Building off of the success that the game has experienced on PC and consoles, the game’s mobile spin-off could potentially be a huge success as well, making a lot of money for the companies behind it.
However, the mobile version of Fortnite may not have the easiest time as competitors are already springing up, hoping to cut themselves a hefty piece of the mobile battle royale pie. Chinese company NetEase has now announced its own mobile battle royale game called FortCraft, which offers building gameplay (its world is described as “fully destructible” and “full of surprises”). Players can create forts to “outgun and outwit” their enemies and drop onto the map in a style similar to Fortnite. NetEase announced the FortCraft beta testing period not long after Epic Games and People Can Fly lifted the lid on the mobile version of Fortnite Battle Royale.
When cloned games are revealed, typically, they are never quite as good as the original. The infamous Chinese Overwatch mobile clone didn’t offer the graphical sheen or the interesting characters of the real, Blizzard game, for example. Likewise, the mobile clones of Cuphead left out what fans an critics loved about Studio MDHR’s PC and Xbox One game.
But FortCraft could actually stand a chance against the official Fortnite Battle Royale mobile game because it will be available on so many devices. The beta testing for FortCraft is currently taking place on iOS and Android, while Fortnite is set to support Android at a later date. Given that there are over one billion Android users around the globe, FortCraft has a lot to gain by launching on both iOS and Android at the same time.
Moreover, FortCraft supports many older mobile operating systems which could open it up to a wide range of mobile gamers who usually miss out on new games because of their aging mobile devices. At this point, the full iOS support plans for Fortnite Battle Royale are unclear but judging by the gameplay trailer for that game, the new iPhone X is the lead platform, which on face value could at least dissuade some gamers on older iOS from learning more about it.
It has yet to be seen whether FortCraft offers enough to oust Fortnite Battle Royale on mobile and whether it can go toe to toe with the mobile spin-off of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which is another battle royale game, but it’s clear that the battle royale mobile market is heating up.
FortCraft is currently in beta on Android and iOS devices.