It seems that Fortnite Android may be exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. According to multiple reports, Epic Games’ battle royale sensation could feature heavily at Samsung’s Unpacked 2018 event and remain exclusive to the smartphone for a 30-day period. Fortnite is currently the most popular game in the world and is on Nintendo Switch, iOS, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. While a Fortnite Android release date has been slated for “summer”, Epic Games has said little else on the matter. As per XDA, in order for Samsung to entice consumers to bother with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Fortnite could be key. The site claims “anyone that buys the Galaxy Note 9 is also going to get some free V-Bucks, free skins, and more. V-Bucks are used to buy a battle pass and skins, dances, or gliders in the game. This will all be bundled with the phone when it launches.”
In addition to this, 9to5Google has suggested that Samsung Galaxy Note 9 pre-orders would come with Fortnite Android micro-transactions in the range of $100 to $150. And if you aren’t interested in Fortnite Android, you can get wireless AKG headphones that the site states are “presumably worth around the same amount.”
And there’s more to it than just a tactical promotion. Samsung may launch the Galaxy Note 9 around Fortnite with the launch video featuring Fortnite Android heavily. The smartphone will also be advertised as a gaming phone touting superior experience with Fortnite Android and the Unreal Engine that powers it.
Furthermore, Fortnite Android will get some Samsung Galaxy Note 9 S Pen-exclusive features which could assist in shooting or aiming. Popular Fortnite streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins may also be roped in to help promote Fortnite Android on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Nonetheless, we’ve requested Epic Games for comment and will update this story if we hear from the company.
Samsung’s approach to Fortnite Android and its positioning of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 as a gaming device is intriguing when you consider that neither the Razer Phone or the Black Shark have released in India. This could very well make the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 the next major gaming smartphone to hit the country after the Honor Play that’s slated for an August 6 release date. This would also mean that if you don’t get a Samsung Galaxy Note 9, you should be able to play Fortnite Android towards the end of September.
As for Fortnite itself, the game is currently in its fifth season and enjoying most of its popularity on consoles with PC and iOS revenue flat, partnering with Samsung and an eventual global Fortnite Android rollout could see that change.
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