Published on June 13th, 2018 | by Kirk Hiner8
Bring It! Fortnite for Apple TV
Soon after it was made official during yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, Epic Games launched Fortnite Battle Royal for the Nintendo Switch. Already available for PS4, Xbox One, Mac, Windows and iOS, Fortnite is now available on pretty much every system capable of playing games.
Except for one.
Fortnite Battle Royale is the insanely popular (and currently genre-defining) free-to-play game in which 100 players battle alone or in duos or squads to become the last avatar(s) standing. Dropped onto a huge battlefield, players scavenge for weapons and materials used to build protective structures. The playing field shrinks over time, forcing players into tighter quarters for frantic combat.
It may sound violent, but the action presented in a very colorful, lighthearted manner complete with dancing. In fact, that’s part of the whole freemium structure. You can play the game all you want without spending a dime, but microtransactions provide different skins and dance moves for your player (amongst more helpful items such as tier advancements).
Epic Games released an iOS version of Fortnite Battle Royal in early April of this year, and it currently rates 4.6 stars from 1.6 million ratings. That’s an incredible achievement for a game forced to move from consoles down to mobile limitations and touchscreen controls.
Despite that, with its demand for precision and its big, colorful presentation, Fortnite is a game that’s best experienced on a larger display. That’s where the Apple TV could come in.
There likely aren’t a lot of people playing the game solely on iPhone, but those who are would find a completely different experience if able to move their account from iOS to tvOS. AirPlay wouldn’t really work, as you need to look down at the device to hit the touchscreen controls. Fortnite needs a full tvOS version, and the player would need a MFi controller like the SteelSeries Nimbus. Of course, I’d imagine any gamer serious enough to attempt Fortnite would already be equipped with a gamepad.
We’ve reached out to Epic Games’ PR team to see if Apple TV is in their plans, but have yet to hear back. I imagine they’re pretty full with questions at E3 this week, however, so hopefully we’ll get an answer soon. In the meantime, Apple gamers can check out Fortnite for free on Mac or iOS.