Yesterday, the announcement of the Fortnite beta for Android practically excited its entire fanbase, as the popular battle royale game was now available on practically every platform. However, it’s worth mentioning that an iOS version of Fortnite has been around for some time, so many may be wondering how the two platforms will differ. While not explicitly stating the differences between iOS and Android, CEO Tim Sweeney did discuss some important details about the two in a recent interview.
One major difference is how players will join the Fortnite Android beta since it is not available in the Google Play store, despite being downloadable from the iOS-equivalent App store. When asked about previous Epic criticism of Windows 10 apps creating a Windows store-only trend and if that influenced the Google Play store decision, Sweeney stated:
These are separate efforts with a common motivation: Epic supports open platforms, we’re fighting to keep them open, and we want all developers to be free to have a direct relationship with their customers if they choose.
Sweeney went on to say that he would love to see Apple open up in a similar manner, so it becomes less theory and more mainstream practice. One drawback to this difference, however, is the security risk, as recent Game Rant investigation highlighted this risk by the number of fake ads for Fortnite Android that appeared. Notably, though, Epic Games is trying to shore up this risk to the best of its ability by advertising that it is only available on its website and fighting legal battles against any and all fakes.
In the same interview, Sweeney was also asked how he views the growing trend of Android smartphones that are marketed for gamers and if he sees Android evolving into more of a Windows-like operating system for better hardware and software in terms of gaming, especially since on 12% of Android devices can currently run Fortnite well. His answer, though somewhat vague, expressed excitement for these devices and hailed them as “great strengths of an open device ecosystem.”
One final difference that emerges in Android’s lack of a distribution model is the concurrent lack of parental controls and refund policies. Nevertheless, parents still maintain control over spending, as the site supports one-time payments, the required input of a credit card or Paypal account, and the site also promises more functionality coming soon. Moving forward, it’ll be interesting to see other differences that emerge in the way that Epic Games is conducting its mobile version of Fortnite.
Fortnite is available now on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and iOS devices. The Android beta is now taking place, with a full release planned for later this summer.
Source: The Android Authority