When games reach a certain level of popularity, the community fervor around all and any changes reaches critical mass, which happened a very long time ago for Fortnite (Free). Now days, anytime Epic pushes any data to the game through any sort of update, data miners race to be the first one to discover something interesting, as was the case last night with Twitter user @StormLeaks. They discovered mentions of the Apple TV operating system inside the game, indicating that Fortnite both is likely coming to Apple TV and getting MFi controller support soon.
— Storm – Fortnite Leaks (@StormLeaks) August 21, 2018
Arguably, the MFi controller aspect makes this a way more interesting news story as of course Fortnite would come to Apple TV. If Epic could get the game running on Android-powered refrigerators it would release it on them, and the Apple TV is already home to games like Minecraft and others. The innards of the device are just as powerful as recent iPhones, particularly when considering they only need to render at 1080p. The thing is, Fortnite can’t come to the Apple TV without MFi support, and it doesn’t make a ton of sense for them to only add MFi support for the Apple TV exclusively.
It’s hard to say when any of this is going to happen based on a leak inside of the game discovered by a data miner, but I’d put my bets on sooner rather than later. Even though Fortnite is the biggest game in the world, they still need to stay on top of things to keep that momentum. It seems like in the world of video games, the harder and faster a game hits the faster it vanishes into obscurity when the next big thing comes along. Epic is firing on all cylinders to make sure that’s not the case with Fornite I’m sure.
Update: We got word from Epic, and as usual, reality is far more boring than data miners would have us believe. According to them, “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."