Fortnite Mobile: Android Release Window, Voice Chat, And More Updates Revealed
The battle royale madness of Fortnite continues to be as popular as ever, especially with the advent of new competitive modes and cosmetic content on the regular. The mobile side, Fortnite Mobile, has recently detailed their next plans to update the portable experience, including a release window for Android devices.
In a blog entry by Epic Games, the developer gave a rundown of features we can expect to hit Mobile, the most notable being voice chat. As any player knows, communication is everything when gunning for that eventual Victory Royale, and the introduction of voice chat will certainly make that easier for those on mobile. Chatting with others is said to work cross-platform, so no vocal hindrances on the way to the top. But if players would like to hinder others by muting them, that will be an option as well.
In addition to the usual stability fixes, Fortnite Mobile was also said to be making tweaks to gameplay, including the ability to customize the HUD, improvements to Autorun, and adding more optional ways to fire. Performance was also addressed and various code fixes were revealed to be in the works, with focus on increased graphical quality and the addition of a Battery-Saver mode. Implementation of a stat-tracking mode was mentioned by Epic with the feature looking to be enabled sometime this summer.
Of course, with all of these features headed to the iOS version of the game, fans are likely wondering when the long-awaited Android iteration will finally hit the Google Play store. While Epic didn’t provide a specific date, it looks like we won’t have too much of a wait as the game is targeted to arrive sometime this summer. “More information” was teased to be revealed at a later date. You can check out the full patch notes below:
Fortnite “State of Mobile” Updates
- We’ve heard your requests for the ability to customize the HUD and, earlier this week, we added this feature to the game. Try it out and let us know what you think. We’re excited to get this into your hands!
- We know that communication is key when you’re squadding up for that Victory Royale, so we’re working to bring voice chat to mobile. On top of that, you’ll be able to chat with your teammates regardless of platform!
We’re also looking to make it really easy to mute yourself, other players, or open up all communications with a simple tap. There will be a button on the screen that lets you mute yourself, mute everyone in your party, or go back to open-microphone.
Gameplay And Controls
- We’re continuing to work on improvements. Some upcoming examples include improving Autorun and adding better ways to fire. Once we roll out these changes, we’ll add options to the settings so you can try them out and see what works best for you!
Installation Size And Update Experience
- We are aware of the large installation size of Fortnite on mobile and are working to reduce that size. Over the next few updates we’ll be compressing the size down while maintaining performance. We’ll be making overall patch sizes smaller and adding the ability to download the content in the background!
- Fortnite is coming to Android!
We are targeting this summer for the release. We know many of you are excited for this release, and we promise that when we have more information to share, you’ll hear it from us first.
- We see some areas where game performance can can be improved. We’re fixing code to optimize the experience (e.g. increase graphic quality), as well as adding a Battery-Saver mode which will allow you increased performance if you choose to lower the graphic quality. It’s our first implementation of this option and we’ll continue to improve upon it.
- Many of you have asked for stat tracking on mobile. We are working to improve our stats servers so we can handle many more players, including those on mobile. We’re looking to enable this sometime this summer, once we are confident the improvements are performing up to our expectations.
- Finally, stability is still one of our chief concerns. With every update we’re working to fix crashes and other issues as you report them. If you’re regularly running into stability issues, please let us know using the “Feedback” button in-game.
What do you think? Are you glad to finally know when to expect Fortnite Mobile on Android, or are you more appreciative of voice chat getting implemented? Let us know in the comments below an be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more battle royale goodness in the news, check out these next few links:
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