Fortnite: Battle Royale has been out on iOS for months now, but we’ve heard precious little about an Android release date aside from the fact that developer Epic Games is, in fact, working on a version for Google’s mobile operating system. The last we heard was that the Android release date was slated for this summer, though it was worded in such a way that the developer could still theoretically push it back. Now, however, the dataminers at Fortnite Tracker appear to have found a few .ini files in the most recent update that refer directly to an Android version of the game. This is far from an official announcement, but it does indicate that progress is being made, at least on some level, and it’s possible that Epic is getting the game ready for an Android release in the coming weeks.
For those keeping track at home, the summer officially ends on September 21. Generally, if you say you’re going to release something in summer, however, you usually mean sometime in August or before. You can see Fortnite Tracker’s work in a quick Youtube video below:
It will be a big deal when Fortnite hits Android. The game already makes a ton of money on iOS, but iOS just doesn’t have Android’s market share even in the United States, let alone abroad. It poses problems for a developer, however, from a wide range of devices that cover tablets, phones and even Chromebooks to problems with hacking and cheating.
An Android release is also a necessary step on the way towards an eventual Chinese release, which Epic announced it was working on in a partnership with Tencent. You could theoretically release in China with just the PC version, but a publisher of a game like Fortnite would be missing out on a massive share of the country’s gaming activity without an Android version. When Fortnite finally hits China, however, it will once again find itself in competition with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which has been out in the country for months and is by this point fairly entrenched.
We’ll keep you updated when Fortnite moves towards an eventual Android release. Epic Games put the iOS version through a testing phase before wide release, but it’s unclear if it will do the same for the Android version.