Before Samsung announced its newest smartphone, there was a rumor that hinted the company had landed a huge exclusive deal with Epic Games, the developers behind the mega-popular Fortnite Battle Royale, leading to an extended exclusive period for the upcoming phablet.
Well, Samsung did work out a deal with Epic, but it looks like that exclusive window is pretty short. Epic announced that the beta for Fortnite for Android will launch this week, but that owners of certain Samsung-branded devices will get access before anyone else. That access begins today, in fact.
Here are the devices that support Fortnite for Android made by Samsung:
- S7 / S7 Edge
- S8 / S8+
- S9 / S9+
- Note 8
- Note 9
- Tab S3
- Tab S4
If you plan on buying the new Galaxy Note 9 or Galaxy Tab S4, though, you’ll get this “Galaxy” skin as an added bonus in the game:
If you have one of those Galaxy devices, you’ll be able to find the game to download from the Samsung Game Launcher app beginning today. Also, if you pre-order the Galaxy Note 9 between August 10 and August 23, 2018, you can choose either a free pair of AKG noise-cancelling headphones or 15,000 V-Bucks (the in-game currency in Fortnite). Or you can get both for just $99, if you’d like.
So what happens this week for non-Galaxy device owners? Epic says it will be rolling out support for devices and users over the course of this week and beyond. Players will be granted access in waves. If you want to sign up, click this link to be put on the waiting list.
Here are the devices that Epic says will support the Fortnite for Android beta:
- Google: Pixel / Pixel XL, Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
- Asus: ROG Phone, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, V
- Essential: PH-1
- Huawei: Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10 / Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20 / Pro, V10
- LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+
- Nokia: 8
- OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6
- Razer: Phone
- Xiaomi: Blackshark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6 / 6 Plus, Mi 8 / 8 Explorer / 8SE,
- Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2
- ZTE: Axon 7 / 7s, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11
So there we have it. Are you excited to (finally) play Fortnite Battle Royale on your Android device?