Fortnite is the world’s greatest sport proper now, breaking into the mainstream with celebrities and regular players alike indulging in Epic Video games’ battle royale shooter on PS4, Nintendo Swap, Xbox One, PC, and iOS. It’s telling that the most well-liked sport proper now isn’t on the most important platform — Android. Sure, Fortnite for Android doesn’t have a launch date except for a nebulous “summer” launch window. In truth, there was little info forthcoming relating to the Android launch of Fortnite, apart from a list of Android devices that might be suitable with the battle royale sensation at launch, which later turned out to be utterly unofficially. All this has left potential Fortnite players on Android within the lurch.
That’s to not say Epic is abandoning all pretences of an Android launch, removed from it. In truth we gained’t be stunned to see Fortnite Android have a beta too, just like the weeks main as much as the Fortnite iOS launch. Although one can’t assist however really feel that it may very well be too little too late.
At this time limit, Fortnite’s monetisation on PC and iOS has plateaued with the PS4 and Xbox One contributing to most of its development as of Could this 12 months.
“Fortnite hits a brand new excessive however development is slowing down. We estimate that Fortnite made $318 million throughout all platforms in Could, up seven % from April. Nearly all of development got here from console, with cell and PC each coming in flat in comparison with April,” analysis agency SuperData just lately noticed.
Regardless of seemingly ‘flat’ returns on iOS, the sport nonetheless managed to earn more than its competition, PUBG Mobile. Although this knowledge hides a long-term concern — the dearth of an Android port is a missed alternative.
Because of being on Android (in addition to iOS), PUBG Cell dominates Asia and China in line with knowledge company SensorTower, with the US making up solely 30 percent of PUBG’s revenue. This makes Fortnite’s loss as PUBG’s acquire. Notably in markets that haven’t any entry to PCs, consoles, or iOS gadgets out of value considerations or private desire reminiscent of Asia the place Android guidelines supreme.
Except for being on Android, PUBG Cell isn’t any slouch with regards to bringing new options to the sport, receiving updates aplenty starting from visible enhancements, the Royale Pass (PUBG Cell’s equal of the Fortnite Battle Move) and even seasonal occasions. Plus, it’s exceedingly properly optimised — to the purpose the place the sport run brilliantly even on low-end smartphones. Fortnite on iOS, whereas serviceable, doesn’t run as smooth as it could on something that’s not the most recent from Apple.
Additionally, all variations of Fortnite are the identical and observe the identical replace cycle, which is on the core of Epic’s promise. This could imply a big chunk of the Android consumer base on mid-range and low-end gadgets can be ignored since you want a naked minimal to work with when it comes to specs reminiscent of GPU and cupboard space. Whereas we’re nonetheless awaiting a Fortnite Android launch date, PUBG Cell on Android will get even larger with a roadmap that ought to see its PC-specific maps like Sanhok making it to smaller screens quickly sufficient.
Lastly, with out an Android model, Fortnite’s primary premise of being a sport you’ll be able to play wherever and in all places on any platform falls flat. In some ways it already has. Fortnite isn’t as a lot as a common success as Epic Video games would have you ever suppose.
Think about a state of affairs the place Fortnite Android is out and a big chunk of the Android populace can’t play it? Precedent has been set due to Epic’s remedy of the Xbox One model of Fortnite in nations like India — the Xbox One version of Fortnite isn’t available officially due to the dearth of servers of Epic’s half. Throw in Nintendo’s absence, and the cross-platform, play wherever dream of Fortnite falls aside in lots of markets past the US. PUBG Cell sidesteps all these considerations by sticking to cell, whereas a separate model exists for PC and consoles (now Xbox One, however we gained’t be stunned if PS4 joins the celebration quickly).
All of this ends in a state of affairs the place Fortnite’s dominance might not final. You’ll be able to solely ignore the most important platform for thus lengthy earlier than its viewers strikes onto different video games. And judging by PUBG Cell’s success in Android-dominated markets, they have already got.
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