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Students can now play Fortnite on iOS devices.

Students can now play Fortnite on iOS devices.

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Students can now play Fortnite on iOS devices.

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Epic Games released Fortnite mobile for all supported iOS devices on April 2. Previously, only those who signed up for the invite-only event were eligible to download and play the game. This is one of the first times that a popular console and PC game has been brought to the mobile devices.

“Fortnite Mobile is a great example of how a successful game on console can be also work on mobile,” junior Josh Harden said. “However, I don’t think the mobile edition will be successful because high level gameplay is just not possible with mobile controls.”

Last month, Fortnite recorded 45 million players across all platforms. Some feel the mobile version will not emulate that success.

“I just think it is too complicated of a game for a phone,” senior Sean Paton said.

In addition, Epic Games also implemented their cross-platform playing options. This means players on console, PC, and mobile can now team up with one another and play in the same game. However, cross platform is not supported between PS4 and Xbox One.

“Without cross-platform I would have probably stopped playing the game because I couldn’t play with my friends,” senior Jack Fredian said. “I think Epic Games implemented it in a fair and easy way.”

Although the mobile version is currently only supported on iOS devices, Epic Games is currently working to bring it to Android devices in the upcoming weeks.

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