Fortnite is making its way to Android, but not until Samsung device owners get a stab at it first... for a measly couple of days. At the Samsung Unpacked event on Thursday, the Fortnite team announced that Samsung users will be on the receiving end of an unusually short exclusive, ending well before the Galaxy Note 9 is released near the end of the month. In the next few days, the game will be made available for all other supported Android devices, so Pixel users and others wont have to wait too long to start building forts and cracking open pink llama piñatas. According to a spokesperson for Epic Games, the company has yet to disclose exactly when the Android beta will be fully released. At the event, it was announced that it would be out in the next few days, meaning it would be widely available before the Note 9 even hits the market. As of today, people who own the Galaxy S7 or any other newer device can already sign up to play. Android is the last major OS to receive the game; players on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4, PC, iOS, and macOS have already been able to play for months. There are still some exclusives for Note 9 users, though, so dont get too disappointed. Those who play on the device when it comes out on August 24th will receive new in-game skin called galaxy. If you preorder it, youll have the opportunity to pick up an extra 15,000 V-bucks, too.
One of the worst-kept secrets in gaming has turned out to be true: the Android version of Fortnite will be available exclusively on Samsung devices at launch. But its not just the new Note 9 and Tab S4 getting Fortnite; owners of a range of recent Samsung devices — the S9 / S9 Plus, Note 8, Galaxy S8 / S8 Plus, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Tab S3 — can all start playing the beta today. Youll be able to install Fortnite from either Samsungs Game Launcher app or Epics new installer, both available here. The official announcement from Samsung comes after a handful of reports pointed to the possibility, most recently following a leak of the games APK. The exclusivity period will last for the next few days, according to Samsung. That sounds like less than the 30-day window that was rumored, which should be welcome news for fans of the game. Anyone preordering the Galaxy Note 9 will have the option of receiving 15,000 V-bucks and the Fortnite Galaxy skin (seen above) instead of noise-canceling AKG headphones. (Or you can get both by paying $99.) When Fortnite does finally make its way out to the wider Android audience, it wont be a typical launch. You can signup for an invite to the Android beta here; Epic also has a list of the compatible devices in its FAQ. The developer also previously revealed that its bypassing the Google Play Store altogether and instead releasing its own launcher for Fortnite. Epic wants to have a direct relationship with our customers on all platforms where thats possible, CEO Tim Sweeney told The Verge. The great thing about the Internet and the digital revolution is that this is possible, now that physical storefronts and middlemen distributors are no longer required. The move also allows Epic to get around the 30 percent fee Google takes from all purchases in its store. At last count, Fortnite had an estimated 125 million players spread out across PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and iOS. With the impending Android launch, the battle royale game is set to get even bigger.