After announcing that Fortnite Battle Royale will be coming to iOS, developer Epic Games and People Can Fly put the game into an invite-only test mode. For the past few weeks, the Fortnite team has been sending out invites to iOS users, with many fans of the battle royale title eager to get into the exclusive club.
Thankfully for those who have thus far missed out on an invite, it has now been announced that Fortnite Battle Royale on iOS is open to all players. In a post to the game’s official Twitter account, the Fortnite team confirmed that the free to play mode is “now open everywhere on iOS,” also encouraging fans to “grab your friends and jump in now.”
Works with: iPhone SE, 6S, 7, 8, X; iPad Mini 4, Air 2, 2017, Pro.
Fortnite DOES NOT support: iPhone 5S, 6, 6 Plus; iPad Air, Mini 2, Mini 3, iPod Touch
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 2, 2018
The team also attached a list of compatible iPhone models. Fortnite Battle Royale on iOS is available for the iPhone SE, 6S, 7, 8, and X as well as the iPad Mini 4, Air 2, 2017, and Pro, but the game does not support the iPhone 5S, 6, 6 Plus, iPad Air, Mini 2, Mini 3, or the iPod Touch. Some Fortnite fans will be disappointed that their Apple device isn’t supported, but it is to be expected.
Pokemon GO is another game that periodically ends support for certain iPhones and the developer of that game, Niantic, notes that this is done in order to ensure that it can keep rolling out new features. Fortnite is a game that gets regular updates, but these updates may not work for all models of iOS device and so it makes sense for Epic Games and People Can Fly to draw a line in terms of what devices it can optimize the game for.
With the Fortnite floodgates having now officially opened on iOS, many will be wondering just how successful this game can be. After all. Fortnite iOS already made over $1 million within its first three days of availability and that was when the game was still invite-only. Many will also be wondering if the iOS launch means that the Android launch of Fortnite Battle Royale is coming soon, with the developers now able to focus on optimizing the game for Android devices as it did with iOS.
Fortnite is available now in early access on iOS, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A release on Android devices is planned for later this year.