Galaxy S7 owners and up get early access today before other Android users. The wildly popular game Fortnite came out for iOS back in April, leaving Android users eagerly awaiting its eventual release on the other mobile operating system. But rumors in the past couple weeks hinted that the game might debut on Samsung phones, and its app store, first. Those whispers were true: At today's Unpacked event, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney himself announced that the popular battle royale title is available in beta right now on its Galaxy phones. But that exclusive only lasts until the wider Android release coming August 12th, according to Android Central. Owners of the S7 / S7 Edge , S8 / S8+ , S9 / S9+, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, Tab S4 can download Fortnite from the Samsung Game Launcher app. Note 9 and Tab S4 users get an exclusive Galaxy skin. Those who pre-order the Note 9 between Aug. 10th and 23rd get a choice between 15,000 bonus V-Bucks ($150 value) to use in-game or a pair of AKG noise-cancelling headphones ($300 value). Or you can buy both for $99. Last week, Epic Games confirmed that Fortnite would skip the Google Play store entirely, effectively denying Google its 30 percent cut on in-app purchases and betting its ravenous fan base would go through a little extra effort (and put their phones at risk) to download the game through its official website. That requires a bit of legwork, so it's obviously a feather in Samsung's cap for players to directly download the title from the company's app store. But every other Android user will only have a few days to wait as Epic begins rolling the game out this week to other devices. Fortnite is rolling out on Android starting today! Samsung Galaxy devices are the first to be invited. Visit the Android Beta blog for more info: #FortniteAndroid Sign up on the game's website to get notified when it's live for your smartphone. Here's Epic Games' list of which devices will support Fortnite' s Android Beta: Follow all the latest news from Galaxy Unpacked 2018 here!
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.