Fortnite Code Suggests Popular Game Could Launch on Apple TV in the Future [Update: No]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Fortnite could launch on Apple TV at one point in the future, according to a new discovery by the @StormLeaks Twitter account late yesterday. As reported by esports and gaming website Dexerto, @StormLeaks found a single line within Fortnite's code that references "tvOS," suggesting that Epic Games may be planning to launch the popular game on Apple's fourth- and fifth-generation set-top boxes down the line.

    Still, this is just a single mention of tvOS in Fortnite's code and shouldn't be taken as a guarantee that the game will be available to play on Apple TV soon. If it does, the game would likely require a compatible wireless gaming controller, two of which Apple sells for $49.95 on its website.


    As it stands, Fortnite is currently available on iOS, macOS, Android, PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. Fortnite initially launched as a beta on iOS in March and then expanded wide in April. The smartphone apps are focused entirely on Fortnite's PvP Battle Royale mode, but the console and desktop versions of the game also include a PvE mode called Save the World.

    Fortnite Battle Royale on iOS is free-to-play (like it is on all platforms), but due to in-game content purchases the app in June reached $100 million in revenue 90 days after launch. Fortnite initially launched wide in summer 2017 on consoles, macOS, and PC, focusing only on the Save the World mode, with Battle Royale releasing a few months later in September 2017.

    Update: According to Epic Games, there are no plans to bring Fortnite to the Apple TV. From Epic's Senior PR Manager: "Epic isn't planning to bring Fortnite to Apple TV. References to tvOS in the Fortnite files are the result of general Unreal Engine support for the Apple TV platform."

    Article Link: Fortnite Code Suggests Popular Game Could Launch on Apple TV in the Future [Update: No]
  2. IGI2 macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2015
    That would be awesome!

    I would finally have an argument to buy a pad for Apple TV.

    Now it's hard to justify the expense.
  3. tricil macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2007
  4. tipoo macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2017
    Good stuff. I really want to see what the ATV 4K can do when it stretches its legs with that actively cooled A10X and a gamepad. It's easily a head and some shoulder above the Switch, which can run things like Fortnite and Doom.

    What I really want to see Apple do is take the publisher role, fund some AAA exclusives for it through third parties.
  5. ikir macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
    yes yes yes yes yes!!!!!! My AppleTV 4K and Steelseries Nimbus are waiting for this!!!!!
  6. bacaramac macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    My boys would be thrilled since I refuse to invest in another dedicated console. They have ATV 4K and would be able to just buy them a game pad.
  7. DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Um ... in your bucket? ;) LMAO sorry completely kidding just couldn't resist.
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    Sasparilla macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2012
    This would totally work, I'd rather have Apple give us a new Apple TV so its got a better CPU/GPU (like A12), but it'd work with the one it has now.

    This is where Consoles could get disrupted (with a new CPU/GPU), not totally but alot - this would be way cheaper.
  9. Geardo_Ranger macrumors member


    May 16, 2018
    North Carolina
    Nahhhh, you are only allowed to use the ATV stock remote to play lol. That would be so funny.
  10. GeneralChang macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2013
    Slightly unrelated, and I get your sentiment, but if you haven't played Transistor, the experience in that game is awesome on the ATV with a gamepad and the game is phenomenally good.
    --- Post Merged, Aug 21, 2018 ---
    I was wondering when this would happen, it seems really obvious and I'm kinda surprised Tencent hasn't ported PUBG to the ATV yet.
  11. Kiwil01 macrumors newbie


    Sep 1, 2015
    This code can be found in all games if opened into the hex editor, they are compiled with all available assets regardless of OS so if comparability is added in the future the info is already there. It’s the same thing accessing the files from Mac or Windows, you can access platform information for anything from tvOS to Linux to Windows on a Mac, this has been here since 4.1 when I started digging through files. It’s just built into all packed unreal engine projects..
  12. ikir macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
    Not true since more than a year. Most bigger games require a Joypad, it is not needed to support the standard remote
  13. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    If the guys at Epic can figure out how to play Fortnite with an Apple TV controller then they are wizards.
  14. tipoo macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2017
    They dropped the wand controller requirement a long time back, some months after the 4K launched.
  15. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I know. I just want to see it happen, lol.

    Some men just want to watch the world burn…
  16. lec0rsaire macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2017
    When will this game just die? I’m so tired of hearing about Fortnite, Ninja and Vbucks wherever I go. This is quickly becoming the Angry Birds of this era. When is the movie coming out?

    As for the game outputting in 4K, that’s not going to happen on the A10. It can run in 1080p with lower settings but PC and even console performance can’t be expected from an ATV. The PS4 has 8GB GDDR5 and the Xbox One X 12GB.
  17. GeneralChang macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2013
    It was actually considerably before the 4k launched, wasn't it?
  18. graison macrumors newbie


    Dec 9, 2015
  19. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    I’m in disbelief that ATV gaming hasn’t taken off full steam already. I’d bet lots of people wouldn’t get a dedicated console if casual games were ‘good enough’.

    For that matter the potential is a system seller. I do t have or really need an ATV. But I’d buy one for the right access to games. And at a fraction of the cost of a big console.

    All the pieces are in place. There just needs to be more initiative. This could be a huge part of the Apple ecosystem driving hardware sales and further media sales.
  20. Coffee50 macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2015
    I agree! I have a Nimbus controller, but I just wished there were more variety of games or a bit more of a push for it's gaming potential / capabilities. Group party games are cool & I like some racing games, just would like to see more.
  21. SupaDav03 macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2015
    This would knock Chrono Trigger from the “best tvOS game” perch. No reason ATV can’t handle this & handle it with ease. Have you seen the Android phones running this? Waaaay underpowered compares to the ATV 4K and the game runs well enough on them. Already have this game on several platforms but I’d love to see ATV add it. Maybe more developers would follo Epic’s lead.
  22. petsounds macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    Why are you in disbelief? There's several disadvantages to the Apple TV ecosystem from a developer POV right now. One, there is no Apple first-party game controller and no controller bundle Apple even sells. Why would a big studio put money into a platform where the majority of its owners don't have the controller with which to play their games? Second, the lack of local storage is a huge issue for AAA games. Downloading levels piece by piece is just not the way traditional console games are structured right now and the size of modern AAA games would make that an unpleasant (and even costly) experience for everyone but the most high-bandwidth and highest data plan broadband connections.
  23. OutSpoken macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    I was heavily in that camp of wanting an ATV4 as my new dedicated home console but imo Apple seriously dropped the ball with it. It's been out a long while and there's still no AAA worthy games released on the platform. Its clear the big gaming studios don't acknowledge it. Instead i went out and bought a Nintendo switch and couldn't be happier.

    Guys i wouldn't hold your breath, the Apple tv is never going to be taken seriously in the gaming world. Unless Apple starts to really get behind it... With the mammoth amount of ios games out there, you'd think many would transition onto Apple TV but devs obviously don't see a reason to.
  24. blackcrayon macrumors 68000

    Mar 10, 2003
    But why *wouldn't* they want to bring the game to the AppleTV? It doesn't seem like much of a stretch from a programming perspective since it runs on iOS. It'd be different if it were a PC only game that needed a lengthy port.
  25. peglegjack macrumors 6502


    Jul 30, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    Oh well.

    Apple TV 4K (with the Nimbus) is my only "console" (especially when I sell my iMac). I was messing around the other day and found 25-30 games that are out now that I would definitely be into. And that doesn't include the 5 or 6 that I've already played and the upcoming Sky which is going to be pretty amazing.

    I'm definitely not hardcore though; I could care unless about AAA games. I'm in grad school, no time for that anyway. For me it's: Is there enough there to enjoy and be entertained? And there is. I could name off a few titles right now but I'm hungry.

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