It’s the biggest possibility and the best chance for Epic Games to bring Fortnite back to Apple‘s mobile platform.
Currently, Epic Games and NVIDIA are rumored to be working together to bring Fortnite to the GPU giant’s cloud gaming platform. NVIDIA’s cloud gaming platform is called GeForce Now, which will be similar to other cloud gaming platforms currently on the market such as Google’s Stadia, Amazon Luna from Amazon, or Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass.
Because of Apple’s policies and restrictions, those companies cannot bring their services to the App Store as a standalone application, but they have a way to “get through the narrow gap”, which is the web browser. . All of these cloud gaming services will be released as web apps, running on Apple’s Safari, and Apple won’t be able to do anything about those services. Because it is in Apple’s principle that there is always the internet and an open web browser open to the user to access applications other than the App Store. Perhaps Epic will take advantage of this to bring Fortnite back to the iOS user community, a market that accounts for the majority of Epic Games’ revenue and profits.
Fortnite is an online video game developed by Epic Games and released in 2017. It is available in three distinct game mode versions that otherwise share the same general gameplay and game engine: Fortnite: Save the World, a cooperative hybrid-tower defense-shooter-survival game for up to four players to fight off zombie-like creatures and defend objects with traps and fortifications they can build; Fortnite Battle Royale, a free-to-play battle royale game in which up to 100 players fight to be the last person standing; and Fortnite Creative, in which players are given complete freedom to create worlds and battle arenas. Save the World and Battle Royale were released in 2017 as early access titles, while Creative was released on December 6, 2018.
Save the World is available only for Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, while Battle Royale and Creative released for all those platforms, and also for Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android devices. The game is expected to also launch with the release of the next-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles.
While the Save the World and Creative versions have been successful for Epic Games, Fortnite Battle Royale in particular became a resounding success – drawing in more than 125 million players in less than a year, earning hundreds of millions of dollars per month, and becoming a cultural phenomenon.
Currently, GeForce Now is available for Mac, running on Safari, and users also expect other services will soon dock macOS. And if this happens, users will be able to play Fortnite on their own iPhones, without even paying a commission for Apple. Epic Games and NVIDIA have yet to comment on this.