Fortnite Beta for android is now live according to a post on Epic Games’ website. As long speculated, Fortnite Android has initially launched as an exclusive on Samsung devices and is available to play as of today. Players who own any of the following Samsung Galaxy phones can dive into the beta right away: S7, S7 Edge , S8, S8+, S9, S9+, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, Tab S4. Those having acquired a Samsung Note 9 or a Galaxy Tab S4 will receive an exclusive in-game Galaxy skin.
As for everyone else, Epic explains access will be granted in waves throughout the next few days. Understandable, not every phone has the power to run Fortnite. Epic have outlined all compatible non-Samsung devices:
- Google: Pixel / Pixel XL, Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
- Asus: ROG Phone, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, V
- Essential: PH-1
- Huawei: Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10 / Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20 / Pro, V10
- LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+
- Nokia: 8
- OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6
- Razer: Phone
- Xiaomi: Blackshark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6 / 6 Plus, Mi 8 / 8 Explorer / 8SE, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2
- ZTE: Axon 7 / 7s, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11
To get involved with the beta, players need simply sign up on Fortnite Android’s dedicated site (the very same where the game will be downloadable as Epic revealed last week it was foregoing the Google Play Store altogether to save costs) to receive an invite. The same applies for Samsung owners who’ve yet to get involved.
In the meantime, a tantalizingly short trailer has been released showcasing Fortnite on Android. Though subject to a significant graphical downgrade, which is immediately apparent in the trailer, the port will include all of the game play and cosmetic features available on the PC and console versions of Fortnite. Crossplay will be limited to mobile versions so players won’t ever play with PC or console players. This is clearly to mitigate the clear advantage of mouse/keyboard game play.
As for a firm release date, Epic remains quiet on the matter. The beta suggests the developer is well on its way to a robust final version ready for mass release.