NetEase has announced beta testing for their game FortCraft, which looks like a shameless Fortnite ripoff, also shamelessly announced on the day that Fortnite for mobile opens beta testing. Seriously, there's no way to beat around the bush on this one. NetEase already made several PUBG-inspired games (Rules of Survival [Free] being the most popular of the three or four), but it sure seems like as Fortnite started to take over the world, they began work on a cartoon-y battle royale game with building elements. And well, if Epic announces Fortnite for mobile, you better get that beta announcement out ASAP, huh? Seriously, just look at this:

That, combined with opening up testing hours before Fortnite starts its testing, is hilariously blatant. Having played FortCraft, let me assure you: it's basically Fortnite. They implemented the building controls well enough, and I like the one-tap fort building button, but seriously, it's obvious just where FortCraft's inspiration lies. And when there's going to be real Fortnite to play, why play FortCraft instead?

Now, granted, Fortnite itself isn't the most original game since it lifts the battle royale concept from PLAYERUNKNOWN's Battlegrounds, but at least it has a totally different visual look, and the building feature adds a differentiating dynamic. Even PUBG takes inspiration from the movie Battle Royale. Good artists copy, great artists steal. FortCraft looks a lot more like it's the former than the latter, but perhaps testing will show that it's doing some interesting things itself. But come on, man.

The good news is that if you're an Android user, or have an old-ass iPhone, testing is open to you. You can sign up for a Testflight invite here, and sign up to the Google Play beta testing link at this spot. And NetEase makes a point of saying "the game will run on many older smartphones to be as inclusive as possible." Some players were angry that Fortnite supports only the iPhone 6S and later. Which I understand, it's frustrating if a hot new game doesn't work on your phone, but I certainly wouldn't call Epic Games lazy the way that I've seen some folks on Twitter do, because they got a freaking modern console/PC game running on a two and a half year old phone. And heck, even FortCraft isn't lazy, because even while NetEase clearly has the technology to crank out battle royale games, getting a title like this to run on mobile is impressive! It's just the most shameless ripoff in the history of mobile gaming.

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    • Qaioud

      Is this a new TA editorial line? If so, I’m rayt up for the abandonment of 💩 on the forums!

    • bigrand1

      I know, right?! 😳 I mean, we try to keep our language as clean as we can here, and Eli throws out F-Bombs! What’s up with that? Not a good example around here to be sure! C’mon, Eli, there’s other words you can use for emphasis bud! 😉

  • GalDrogo

    Gameloft says hi

  • RinoaHeartily

    Ex staff from zynga?

  • Milo

    What the heck ?!

    I mean Rules of Survival came in when PUBG on mobile wasnt thought about but this is some serious ripping xD

  • Mohd Wasie

    sorry guys just want to know... is this games compatible with all model phone?

  • Mohd Wasie

    pos fix or update the games quality doesnt need highr.. bcos i have samsung s9 still not compatible... use graphic like rules of survivor its enough to win ppl heart...

  • Jagroop

    This game is f*kin awesome. Played 4-5 games. Sniper is OP. Signed up for Fortnite as well

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    Top 10 FortNite streamers who've sworn!

  • Anmol

    Why The Game Is Telling That Server is unavailable?????? Help Me!