Published on August 21st, 2018 | by Kirk Hiner2
Is Fortnite for Apple TV on the way? Ah, No.
Update: As we mentioned was a possibility in our original article below, the tvOS reference found in the Fortnite code does not mean an Apple TV version is in development. Epic Games senior PR rep Nick Chester tweeted earlier today that, “Epic isn’t planning to bring Fortnite to Apple TV. References to tvOS in the Fortnite files are the result of general Unreal Engine support for the Apple TV platform.”
Before this spins up:
Epic isn’t planning to bring Fortnite to Apple TV. References to tvOS in the Fortnite files are the result of general Unreal Engine support for the Apple TV platform. https://t.co/uZJlK2I8Fr
— Nick Chester (@nickchester) August 21, 2018
Back in June, we questioned in our Bring It! column whether Fortnite for Apple TV could be on the horizon. “Fortnite is now available on pretty much every system capable of playing games,” we reasoned, and the Apple TV 4K hardware is more than capable of driving the game.
Reference to tvOS has been found within Fortnite’s code alongside platforms for which the game is already available: iOS, Nintendo Switch, and Android in the screen capture.
That doesn’t mean a Fortnite Apple TV release is either imminent or guaranteed. In fact, another Twitter user points out in the thread that the code pictured is just a configuration file for a blacklist, adding, “Looks like it’s just an Unreal SDK configuration.”
That won’t stop Apple TV gamers from getting excited, however. Fornite for iOS has been a huge success for Epic Games, pulling in an app rating of 4.5/5 with 2.3 million user reviews at press time. As on other platforms, the online battle royal game is free to play on your iPhone or iPad, with in-app purchases relegated to battle passes and cosmetic upgrades. The iOS version is optimized for touchscreen controls, but an Apple TV version would obviously require a third-party gamepad such as the SteelSeries Nimbus.
Epic Games’ PR firm did not immediately reply to our email request for information about Apple TV compatibility, but we’ll continue to follow up on this story. As before, you can bide your time by checking out Fortnite for free on Mac or iOS.