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 invited 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?
July 12, 2018: The fifth season of Fortnite is now live and you can hop out of the battle bus into some new wacky fun!
The first thing you'll notice with season five of Fortnite is the map is different! With old locations still standing strong —like Tilted Towers — and a completely new desert-like section home to Paradise Palms, there's a bunch of new stuff to explore!
New Vehicle: All Terrain Kart
Fortnite has its first proper vehicle since launch, and its the new All Terrain Kart (or ATK)! You and three friends can all jump on the glorified golf kart and take it for a ride around the island! Get your squad together and roll in style!
Those temporal rifts you've been seeing on the map for a while now, you can now jump into them! When you enter a rift, you'll be transported to a different part of the map and given the ability to parachute back down on the island!
Auto Aim mode on iOS
The iOS version of Fortnite got a handy new feature, Auto Aim mode. After updating the game on your iPhone, you'll get a prompt to choose which shooting mode you'd like to use.
Auto Aim will automatically fire when you have an enemy in your crosshairs. You can also choose to have a dedicated fire button or tap anywhere on the screen to fire as you could before.
Motion controls for Nintendo Switch
Epic Games has added motion control support to the Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite. You can choose to turn them on in the settings if you want to be able to use the motion controls while you try to take down 99 other players.
Full patch notes
Of course, as always, Epic Games has done a bunch of minor updates, and updates to the Save The World mode. If you want to see every little detail, check out the full patch notes on the Epic Games website.
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!