FORTNITE: Apple devices won’t be Getting Update
Following the removal of the game Fortnite from both Apple and Android’s respective app stores but Epic Games and Apple are still in the middle of an ongoing legal battle as the company sues Apple for unfair market practices in the App Store. Epic Games had a little victory as the court would not allow Apple to sever ties with its APIs and Unreal Engine – a wide used gaming platform owned by Epic Games.
The stipulations was that Apple does not have to put Fortnite back on the App Store, but this also means that Fortnite players on Apple devices won’t be able to play the newest season of the game (featuring Marvel themes), which launches on 27th Aug. Epic Games confirmed this in an updated FAQ regarding the Apple VS Epic Games situation, explaining that it doesn’t intend on going back to using Apple’s payment system.
Although Apple devices won’t be able to play the new season of the game, players can still play the previous season 13.40 version, but they won’t be able to update the game. Apple users will only be able to play online against other Apple users, so they will be left out from cross-platform online multiplayer.
In a statement
“Apple is asking that Epic revert Fortnite to exclusively use Apple payments. Their proposal is an invitation for Epic to collude with Apple to maintain their monopoly over in-app payments on iOS, suppressing free market competition and inflating prices. As a matter of principle, we won’t participate in this scheme.
You as a mobile device owner have the right to install apps from sources of your choosing. Software makers have the right to freely express their ideas and to compete in a fair marketplace. Apple’s policies take these freedoms away.”
“Apple is blocking Fortnite updates and new installs on the App Store, and has said they will terminate our ability to develop Fortnite for Apple devices. As a result, Fortnite’s newly released Chapter – Season 4 update (v14.00) will not release on iOS and macOS on August 27. If you still want to play Fortnite on Android, you can access the latest version of Fortnite from the Epic Games App for Android on Fornite.com/Android or the Samsung Galaxy Store.”
Though the game also remains gone from the Google Play Store, but even before it was on the Play Store, Android users were able to sideload it from the company’s website. This is something impossible on iOS as Apple has a strong hold on what apps its users can install on their devices.