The battle royale hit Fortnite for iOS is now ready to download to everyone who has an iOS device. Whether you've been lucky enough to have the game since the invite event started, or you're just downloading it right now, you may be wondering what it's all about.

Here's everything you need to know about Fortnite Battle Royale.

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What's new with Fortnite?

April 11, 2018: 50v50 battles and a fancy new item headline the newest Fortnite update.

Epic Games released its 3.5 patch today with a ton of updates to announce.

The newest item you can find in Fortnite is called the Port-A-Fort, which instantly builds a fort around you. What normal would take a ton of materials and a few minutes now takes one item. Plus, Epic Games has said that a 50 vs 50 team battle royale mode will be coming soon.

One of the more exciting announcements, was around the in-game currency known as V-Bucks. Purchased V-Bucks are now shared between Xbox One, PC and mobile, meaning you can take advantages of low prices, or sales on one platform and still use you V-Bucks on those platforms. Unfortunately, PS4 players are currently left out of the fun.

For more details on other Fortnite updates or to see a full list of bugs they have squished, see the patch notes.

April 2, 2018: Fornite is available to all iOS users!

Epic Game took to Twitter this morning to announce the most exciting news for people who have been dying to play Fortnite!

That's right, as of right now you can download Fortnite and start playing on all supported iOS devices. If you've been dying to play the battle royale game on mobile, now is your chance!

Fortnite is compatible with iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, and the iPhone X. It's also supported on the iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2, the iPad 5th and 6th generation, and all iPad Pros.

March 29, 2018: Guided Missile is now available!

The new Guided Missile is available in Fortnite and it gives you the ability to control the flight path of your rockets! The Epic or Legendary item will leave you vulnerable and motionless as you control the rockets, so make sure you choose the right time to use it!

  • Damage to Players: 105 (Epic) or 110 (Legendary)
  • Damage to Environment: 1000
  • Lifetime: 18 seconds
  • Time Between Shots: 3.13 seconds
  • Rocket Speed: 1300 units/second
  • Rocket Health: 100

For a complete list of all bug fixes as well as changes on the console and PC versions of Fortnite, check out the patch notes for yourself.

March 22, 2018: The new Heavy Shotgun is available now!

In a small update to Fortnite today, Epic Games released its newest weapon onto the battlefeild — the Heavy Shotgun.

This epic (purple) is everything you expect in a shotgun with one major exception, the Heavy Shotgun sports an increased range. It can take down enemies effectively from almost twice as far as the Tactical and Pump Shotgun that already exist in the game.

Here's a quick break down of the Heavy Shotgun's stats:

  • DPS: 73.5
  • Damage: 73.5
  • Fire Rate: 1.0
  • Magazine size: 7
  • Reload Time: 5.9

One thing is for certain, if you come across this beast of a weapon in your game, make sure you scoop it up!

March 21, 2018: BLITZ! (Solo) mode comes to Fortnite

Epic Games' has released a new mode for the Fortnite on iOS called BLITZ! (Solo). It's a more extreme version of the regular solo mode that pits you against 99 other players in the last man standing competition.

The biggest difference between BLITZ! and a regular solo game is how quickly the map shrinks. You'll have much less time to get to the safe zone and avoid the storm, meaning you're bound to run into other players much earlier on and more often! Plus, there's more loot to be found in BLITZ! than a normal solo game, so you should still be able to equip yourself pretty well once you land on the map!

March 20, 2018: Fortnite earns more than $1M in in-app purchases in first 72 hours

Bringing Fortnite to mobile devices was clearly the right move. According to a new report from SensorTower, in the first 72 hours of them going live in-app purchases accounted for more than $1 million in transactions. It's a record-setting earnings streak, says Randy Nelson of SensorTower:

Fortnite has out-grossed NetEase's Knives Out and Rules of Survival by a factor of more than 25 in its first four days of IAP availability, compared to the same period after both those titles began monetizing. … Purely based on cosmetic IAP, it has managed to gross about one third as much as both Pokémon GO and Clash Royale.

It'll be interesting to see what kind of figures Fortnite brings in once the game exits the invite-only stage.

March 15, 2018: Beta invite codes are rolling out for Fortnite Battle Royale for iPhone!

Today, beta testers that signed up to test Fortnite Battle Royale on iPhone have started to receive their invite codes. It seems if you were able to sign up before the big crash, you might have an email in your inbox right now. If you were thwarted by server overloads, you may be waiting just a little bit longer for Epic to invite you to the mobile game.

The email invite reads,

Welcome to the Fortnite Invite Event on iOS!


You're in! You now have access to the Fortnite Invite Event on iOS. Jump in on your iOS device and start winning on the go! Note: We will email you when you are granted friend invites.

What is Fortnite?

Imagine for a second that Minecraft and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds had a baby — that's a pretty good way of describing Fortnite. In other words, it's a competitive third-person shooter that pits you against 99 other players in a battle for the last man standing. Plus, the game throws in elements of crafting, mining, and building, which you can utilize or ignore depending on your preference.

How do I play?

The goal of Fortnite Battle Royale is to be the last person alive in the match, which could have as many as 99 other players.

When you start the game, you fall from the sky with a wing suit and a parachute and land somewhere on the giant island tasked with finding items, guns, and ammo to defend yourself and take out other players. Of course, every couple of minutes, the map gets smaller, forcing all the remaining players to converge on a specific part of the map. This forces players out of hiding and ensures that the game will actually end, because eventually, the map gets so small that there's not really anywhere to hide.

You can only carry so many guns and items at once, and once you die you're out of the game, meaning you'll have to manage your loadout and equipment fairly often to give yourself the best chance of survival.

I mentioned before that there's a crafting element to the game, and that's true. Every player has a pickaxe that can be used to tear down or break pretty much anything in the game into raw resources. These resources can then be used to make structures, such as walls, stairs, doors, and a ton of other things. To be clear, you don't have to use these features, but quickly putting up a wall or other structure to avoid enemy fire is definitely one strategy people ue.

When can I play it?

The short answer is I don't know; however, it's a little more complicated than that. The beta version of Fortnite: Battle Royale launched to select people on March 12th 2018, but Epic Games (the developers), have said they will be rolling out new invites to the beta as time goes on.

In plain terms, you can go to the Fortnite Battle Royale website, enter your email, and sign up to receive an invite to the game when more become available. When exactly you will get an invite to try the game is anybody's guess, but I know if you want a chance to play it as soon as you can, you need to sign up!

On top that, players who receive invites to the beta from Epic Games will also get friend invite codes to share with others. How many codes is unspecified, but it sounds like the people lucky enough to get in on the beta will have the chance to get a few other people into the action sooner!

NOTE: The Fortnite website has been going down a lot due to increased traffic and some scheduled maintenance. If you receive a 404 message while trying to load the site, you'll need to wait until the site is back up and running.

How much will it cost?

The game will be free to download — even the console and PC version of the game are free to download — but there will likely be some in-app purchases.

I don't know all the details (since the game hasn't launched yet) but in the console and PC versions, Epic Games has character skins and other cosmetic add-ons for purchase.

Epic Games has said the game will be the same as the console version that people know and love, so I can't imagine them changing anything for the mobile release.

Is it cross-platform?

Epic Games has said that Fortnite Battle Royale on mobile will support cross-platform play between the PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iOS, and eventually the Android versions. As of right now, the Xbox One is the out man out. Epic Games has said they are working on getting Xbox One into the fold; however, no date on when that will be completed has been announced.

What else do you want to know?

Let me know in the comments down below, and I'll try to give you an answer!