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Fortnite: Battle Royale's Android gameplay leaked ahead of launch

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Hands holding a phone running Fortnite: Battle Royale iOS
Fortnite Battle Royale, iOS version

Even though we still don't have Epic's official confirmation when the Android version of Fortnite is expected to land, it is increasingly likely it's coming with Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 and XDA-developers have already given us a taste.

Galaxy Note 9 launches today and it is said that Samsung have teamed up with Epic on debuting Fortnite: Battle Royale as a 30 days exclusive for everyone who hops aboard the Note 9 train. The deal would make sense for both companies, seeing as how Samsung would get exclusivity points, while Epic would get a controlled playground.

Since we're about to learn about it soon anyways, let's get onto the meaty details. The guys from XDA managed to run Fortnite Mobile on Android APK via a Samsung Galaxy S9+. The game ran on Epic graphics quality, although the team used Samsung Game Tuner to fiddle with resolution and in turn, performance.

Since the build was derived from Fortnite's 5.2 version, it has all the latest additions such as the golf cart, which happens at around 03:08 mark. Not being the official server and all though means we couldn't really see any fighting, which is the heart and soul of Fortnite, regardless of what the constructionists may say.

Whether the Galaxy Note 9 rumour turns out to be true or not, the good news for Galaxy S9 owners is that they'll comfortably run Fortnite at highest graphics quality settings available. I expected more glitches in the video below, since plenty of shortcuts have been made in the process of firing up Fortnite early, but the game looked surprisingly steady. 

Epic already announced they'll be bypassing Google's Play store for Fortnite, due to the company's saucy 30 per cent cut for everything you make via their store. With Fortnite's first week on iOS making $3.7 million, it's not hard to see why.

We guess all that's left to do is wait for the launch of Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and see whether Rumourville was right all along. Either way, it's nice to see Fortnite complete the circle - could this be the game that challenges Skyrim's versatility and, ahem, multi-availability?