How to snag an invitation to play Fortnite on iOS and an early hands-on

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in iPhone edited March 15
Epic Games on Thursday began the process of sending out a first wave of invitations to play the iOS port of its popular game Fortnite, which the company claims will deliver a "full battle royale experience" on mobile. Here's how to sign up.




Announced earlier this month, the frenetic 100-player multiplayer game made popular on PC, Mac, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is coming to iOS, complete with the same maps, content and gameplay made popular on more powerful platforms.

Those interested in signing up can visit Epic's invite portal and click on the large, yellow "Sign up for email invite" button.




Users who have played Fortnite on another platform will be able to sync progress and purchases by linking their respective PC, Mac, Playstation or Xbox Live account with Epic's servers. On the "Do you already play Fortnite" pop-up page, clicking on "yes" leads to a platform selection screen for PC/Mac, Playstation and Xbox.




Clicking on PC/Mac takes users to Epic's account login page, where players can sign in with a valid email address and password, Facebook or Google+ account. Alternatively, users can sign up for an Epic account by entering an email and password combination.

Selecting Playstation or Xbox from the platform selection page redirects users to respective Sony and Microsoft login pages, which then point back to Epic for completion.




For those who are new to Fortnite, click "No" on the "Do you already play Fortnite" page and follow onscreen directions. At the time of this writing, Epic's servers are overloaded with people attempting to snag an invite, so don't be surprised if your initial request times out.

Once through to the sign up page, enter your credentials to create an account and be added to the invitation waitlist. A prompt will ask what device you intend to use when playing the game, including Android products, which will see support in the "next few months."

Fortnite requires at least an iPhone 6S or SE, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad 2017 or iPad Pro running iOS 11 to function.

Once registration is complete, simply wait for Epic's invitation. The email will include a download link from the iOS App Store and a code for a friend, the latter of which can come in handy if you have a friend who scored a first-round invite.

Epic is rolling out invites as it takes new servers live, so the company asks gamers to be patient. The company also notes the mobile version is in an "early state," suggesting players might run into a few bugs. Epic asks users to leave feedback to help improve the gaming experience.



Hands-on

Fortnite debuted as an early access co-op game survival game in 2017, incorporating scavenging, resource collection and building mechanics into a sandbox style shooter. Seeing the enormous success of battle royale upstart PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds, Epic released a version of Fortnite that takes the game's unique features into a 100-person multiplayer mode. In Fortnite Battle Royale, players can team up with friends to take on other squads, or go solo in tense last-man-standing gameplay.




As seen in the screenshots above and below, Fortnite looks good and plays smoothly on iPhone X. Graphics are surprisingly close to what gamers have come to expect from the PC version, though controls could take some getting used to.

While a keyboard and mouse with dedicated buttons for weapons and tools is preferable in a game like Fortnite, a controller-based scheme still works. Epic translated console-style controller input onto iOS in onscreen joystick and button overlays. Along with movement controls, the game features dedicated reload, fire, crouch and jump buttons, an equipment select bar and a button to enter build mode.




Epic designed the heads-up display to be relatively unobtrusive, but there is a lot of information to display. Aside from a mini-map in the upper-left corner, a health and shield meter sit next to a large compass at the top of the screen, while available build materials are nestled above crouch and aim buttons. Device battery information, time and a sandwich menu icon are squeezed into the top right of the screen.



We can already foresee trouble with the equipment select bar, which is located dangerously close to iPhone X's home indicator. That said, the controls are fairly intuitive and the game as a whole runs well for a title dubbed "early access."

We will have a full hands-on in the coming days, so stay tuned.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 15
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 29,266member
    Never heard of it. Is it supposed to be the new "Grand Theft Auto"?
    Avieshek
  • Reply 2 of 15
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,083member
    Never heard of it. Is it supposed to be the new "Grand Theft Auto"?
    You’ve seriously never heard of Fortnite? Wow! There’s a guy that goes by Ninja and he makes over $500k a month streaming on twitch playing this game. He just played with Drake last night for the highest ever viewers in the history of gaming. It’s a big deal. 
    Avieshek
  • Reply 3 of 15
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 1,438member
    Never heard of it. Is it supposed to be the new "Grand Theft Auto"?
    You’ve seriously never heard of Fortnite? Wow! There’s a guy that goes by Ninja and he makes over $500k a month streaming on twitch playing this game. He just played with Drake last night for the highest ever viewers in the history of gaming. It’s a big deal. 
    Not to mention it was the featured game at WWDC a year or two ago. 

    $500K a month? I’m in the wrong business. 
    Avieshek
  • Reply 4 of 15
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 2,262member
    Never heard of it. Is it supposed to be the new "Grand Theft Auto"?
    Yeh, it ended my granson's addiction to GTA when he became addicted to Fortnite.

    It's more than GTA --which is focused tightly around lone wolf type violence (although another lone wolf can join in).   Fortnite contains the same violence but also adds other dimensions such as team work
  • Reply 5 of 15
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 2,262member
    Fortnite on the X- Box is a free app -- but to be effective it requires some expensive "in app purchases" that can reach into the hundreds of dollars.   I wonder if those purchases will carry over into the iOS version or if the user will have to start buying new ones from scratch?
  • Reply 6 of 15
    hexclockhexclock Posts: 384member
    Never heard of it. Is it supposed to be the new "Grand Theft Auto"?
    Yeh, it ended my granson's addiction to GTA when he became addicted to Fortnite.

    It's more than GTA --which is focused tightly around lone wolf type violence (although another lone wolf can join in).   Fortnite contains the same violence but also adds other dimensions such as team work
    Just what developing young minds need more of. 
    GeorgeBMac
  • Reply 7 of 15
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,083member
    Fortnite on the X- Box is a free app -- but to be effective it requires some expensive "in app purchases" that can reach into the hundreds of dollars.   I wonder if those purchases will carry over into the iOS version or if the user will have to start buying new ones from scratch?
    Man you could not be more wrong. The game is completely free and ANYTHING you buy is purely cosmetic and has no effect on game play for an advantage. It’s just skins and emotes that you buy. All game play is the same for everyone no matter what you buy. 

    As to you equating violence to GTA, you can do a fraction of the violence that you can in GTA. 
  • Reply 8 of 15
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 2,262member
    Fortnite on the X- Box is a free app -- but to be effective it requires some expensive "in app purchases" that can reach into the hundreds of dollars.   I wonder if those purchases will carry over into the iOS version or if the user will have to start buying new ones from scratch?
    Man you could not be more wrong. The game is completely free and ANYTHING you buy is purely cosmetic and has no effect on game play for an advantage. It’s just skins and emotes that you buy. All game play is the same for everyone no matter what you buy. 

    As to you equating violence to GTA, you can do a fraction of the violence that you can in GTA. 
    LOL...  Tell that to my grandson's Dad who found a $200+ set of charges on his credit card from Fortnite.

    As for violence:  The goal of both games is destruction, mayhem, graphic violence and murder...
  • Reply 9 of 15
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,083member
    Fortnite on the X- Box is a free app -- but to be effective it requires some expensive "in app purchases" that can reach into the hundreds of dollars.   I wonder if those purchases will carry over into the iOS version or if the user will have to start buying new ones from scratch?
    Man you could not be more wrong. The game is completely free and ANYTHING you buy is purely cosmetic and has no effect on game play for an advantage. It’s just skins and emotes that you buy. All game play is the same for everyone no matter what you buy. 

    As to you equating violence to GTA, you can do a fraction of the violence that you can in GTA. 
    LOL...  Tell that to my grandson's Dad who found a $200+ set of charges on his credit card from Fortnite.

    As for violence:  The goal of both games is destruction, mayhem, graphic violence and murder...
    Yes, you can buy cosmetics within the game but it still doesn’t provide you with a in-game advantage “to be effective” as you said it did. This is not a pay to win type game. 

    Or or you can look as the game allows for team cooperation and strategic thinking all the while expanding your group of friends as you meet new people. 
    edited March 16
  • Reply 10 of 15
    tipootipoo Posts: 851member
    I've been wanting this kind of big title to take off on mobile, we have a lot of power in there now but it's largely ignored by freemium/play for 5 seconds games. 

    Particularly combined with a controller vice like this, for a Switch-lite experience. 



  • Reply 11 of 15
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 29,266member
    Never heard of it. Is it supposed to be the new "Grand Theft Auto"?
    You’ve seriously never heard of Fortnite? Wow! There’s a guy that goes by Ninja and he makes over $500k a month streaming on twitch playing this game. He just played with Drake last night for the highest ever viewers in the history of gaming. It’s a big deal. 
    Not to mention it was the featured game at WWDC a year or two ago. 

    $500K a month? I’m in the wrong business. 
    I’m not impressed by anyone who makes a living playing video games and Drake is a Canadian poser who raps.
    edited March 16
  • Reply 12 of 15
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,083member
    Never heard of it. Is it supposed to be the new "Grand Theft Auto"?
    You’ve seriously never heard of Fortnite? Wow! There’s a guy that goes by Ninja and he makes over $500k a month streaming on twitch playing this game. He just played with Drake last night for the highest ever viewers in the history of gaming. It’s a big deal. 
    Not to mention it was the featured game at WWDC a year or two ago. 

    $500K a month? I’m in the wrong business. 
    I’m not impressed by anyone who makes a living playing video games and Drake is a Canadian poser who raps.
    Why? Because you can’t do it? Esports is getting bigger and better every year. 
  • Reply 13 of 15
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 1,438member
    Never heard of it. Is it supposed to be the new "Grand Theft Auto"?
    You’ve seriously never heard of Fortnite? Wow! There’s a guy that goes by Ninja and he makes over $500k a month streaming on twitch playing this game. He just played with Drake last night for the highest ever viewers in the history of gaming. It’s a big deal. 
    Not to mention it was the featured game at WWDC a year or two ago. 

    $500K a month? I’m in the wrong business. 
    I’m not impressed by anyone who makes a living playing video games and Drake is a Canadian poser who raps.
    That’s your problem. Anyone making $500K a month doing what they love impresses me. 
  • Reply 14 of 15
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 29,266member
    Never heard of it. Is it supposed to be the new "Grand Theft Auto"?
    You’ve seriously never heard of Fortnite? Wow! There’s a guy that goes by Ninja and he makes over $500k a month streaming on twitch playing this game. He just played with Drake last night for the highest ever viewers in the history of gaming. It’s a big deal. 
    Not to mention it was the featured game at WWDC a year or two ago. 

    $500K a month? I’m in the wrong business. 
    I’m not impressed by anyone who makes a living playing video games and Drake is a Canadian poser who raps.
    That’s your problem. Anyone making $500K a month doing what they love impresses me. 
    I don't consider it a problem, so no... it's not my problem.
  • Reply 15 of 15
    blueman69blueman69 Posts: 1unconfirmed, member
    There is no comparison of Fortnite and GTA. There is no sex or language or blood and guts in Fortnite, just "kill or be killed".
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