PUBG Mobile iOS and Android release LIVE: Fortnite rival arrives in UK and US

PUBG Mobile iOS and Android release LIVE: Fortnite rival arrives in UK and US

Without much fanfare, the new TenCent port is now live in various regions around the globe.

Having seen a soft-release via the Canadian Google Play Store, players are now reporting PUBG Mobile being available on iOS and Android.

This includes players in the UK and United States, with a lot of fans busy downloading the free-to-play game on iOS and Android.

At the moment, PUBG fans have confirmed that the iOS download is available in the UK, with the Android version expected to quickly follow.

“We are working hard to create an authentic PUBG mobile experience that players new and old will love," said Chen Jerry, Tencent's Corporate Vice President.

"A lot of [work] went into controls and optimization to give players a smooth and intuitive experience."

And unlike its big rival Fortnite, PUBG Mobile is available on both iOS and Android.

Fortnite Mobile, meanwhile, is only available to those with an iOS invite.

The popular Battle Royale title will be launching on Android, although not for a few months.

This is due to Epic Games needing to adapt the game for all the various Android hardware currently on the market.

PUBG mobile was developed with Chinese company TenCent, and is said to be a faithful recreation of the battle royale blockbuster.

The biggest changes are the touch controls, which can be a problem for most mobile and tablet ports.

This is a fact on both versions of the game, although we do know that Epic Games are set to offer Bluetooth Controller support in the future.

PUBG Mobile will also likely have to offer this option at a later date, although there will be problems with this as well.

Surely players with access to a Bluetooth controller will do much, much better than a player using touchscreen?

It will be a challenge for both games to try and balance, although Epic Games have gone a step further than even this.

Fortnite Mobile is going to have full crossplay support, meaning gamers on iPhones will have the option of battling those on console and PC.

This will come with obvious disadvantages for Mobile players, although Epic Games have confirmed crossplay is completely optional.

It will be possible to partner up with others who are on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, but only if the Mobile players wants to do that.

So players shouldn’t find themselves lumped in with other platform players unintentionally.

It will be interesting to see what happens for both games in the mobile space, as they certainly have the pull to be huge.

PUBG Mobile will not offer the same crossplay features as Fortnite, meaning separate ecosystems for all game types.

This will also mean a lack of cross progression for fans too, something that Fortnite Mobile is also offering.

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