Fortnite went from strength to strength in 2017 with the release of its Battle Royale mode. It’s quickly becoming the best battle royale game on PC and consoles, and to top it all off, Epic Games recently announced that it is coming to both iPhone and Android in the form of Fortnite Mobile. Will it be the game we all know and love, or a cheap port?

While the game isn’t officially out just yet, there is a way for iPhone and iPad owners to get early access to Fortnite Mobile – and here’s how.  

What is Fortnite Mobile?

Before we explain how you can get early access to the hugely popular shooter on your iPhone or iPad before anyone else, let’s first explain the premise of Fortnite Battle Royale for those unaware.

After an initial release on PC in September 2017, it has risen to rarely-seen heights on PC, PS4 and Xbox One – it has even beaten PUBG’s 3.4m concurrent player record on Steam. The concept of the game is straightforward; you’re dropped into a map with 99 other gamers where you’re left to scavenge for weapons and materials, and battle until only one player remains.

But what about Fortnite Mobile? As announced by Epic Games, the upcoming mobile port of Fortnite will allegedly be an exact copy of the game on consoles and PC with the same level of graphics, same open world environment and the same number of players in a match at 100.

And, surprisingly, it’ll also boast cross-platform play not only with PC and Mac gamers, but PS4 players too. It’s a surprising move since Sony is usually against cross-platform play on its platform and has rejected requests from the likes of Rocket League in the past few years. Whatever Epic is offering, it has to be good for Sony to agree.

The cross-play might end up being the downfall of the game; how are mobile gamers with a touch interface supposed to compete with PC and console players with dedicated controllers and KB&M setups? We’re yet to go hands-on so we can’t say for sure, but it certainly sounds like it’ll be a challenge to win; at first, anyway.

How can I get early access to Fortnite on my iPhone or iPad?

Fortnite Mobile isn’t due out for a few months on iOS, and even longer for Android users, but there is a way that you’ll be able to get early access from Monday 12 March 2018.

As noted in Epic’s initial announcement of the mobile game port, those interested in beta testing the game can apply via the Fortnite website. It’ll be limited to a small group of gamers initially, but the number of players will increase as development continues.

The good news is if you do get an email with a link to download the game from the App Store, you’ll also be able to get your hands on friend invite codes that you can share out and squad up for some mobile four-player action.