Epic Games, developer of Fortnite
, has announced cross play, cross progression and cross purchasing between Xbox One, PC, Mac and a newly announced mobile version on iOS and Android.
The clarification comes after Epic announced a Fortnite: Battle Royale
mobile version on March 8th. The mobile announcement
cited cross-features between PS4, PC, Mac and mobile with no mention of Xbox One. This led Xbox players to believe Microsoft's platform had been snubbed on the deal in favor of Sony, or that Microsoft was not supportive of the move to include all platforms.
Epic's post clarifies:
Contrary to what may have been implied, Microsoft has long been a leading voice in supporting cross-platform play, connecting players across PC, mobile and all consoles. We’ve been working together with them over the last several months to make this possible, and will bring this functionality to Fortnite players on Xbox right along with other platforms.
Of course, as can be seen in both announcements, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will not be cross play with each other but only with the other platforms involved, similar to how cross play functions in games like Rocket League
Some console players will surely oppose being thrown into cross play with PC players since the precision of mouse and keyboard is considered advantageous over a controller, so they'll be glad to know cross play is "opt-in."
Cross progression and purchasing, however, is likely welcome and will mean players can level up their account and battle pass between multiple platforms. Those interested in the mobile version can read more about beta sign-ups here
. Sign-ups will begin for iOS on Monday, March 12th before opening up for Android further down the road.