Apple has banned it Fortnite from the App Store for violating store policies, and Epic is partially suing players against the iPhone maker by telling them they could miss the game’s upcoming season if Apple doesn’t change the rules.
“Because Apple has blocked your ability to update, when Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 4 releases. You will NOT be able to play the new season on iOS, ”said Epic in a blog post entitled “#FreeFortnite.”
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 4 starts on August 27. If nothing changes between Apple and Epic by then, it means the game’s many iOS players will lose the chance to play Fortnitenext big update in just a few weeks. New seasons typically introduce a significant amount of content such as unique skins, notable changes to the game’s ever-evolving map, and gameplay features such as controllable cars.
If you have the latest version of Fortnite from the App Store before Apple pulled it, you shouldn’t have any problems playing the game at this point, Epic says. And if Fortnite is still off the App Store when the new season starts, you should still be able to play the current one Fortnite version, 13.40, on iOS, but Epic says you won’t be able to access the new season’s content.
Apple is blocked Fortnite from the App Store because Epic introduced a way to buy V-bucks, Fortnite‘s in-game currency, direct from Epic. The new direct payment mechanism came as part of a price drop on V-Bucks across all platforms. However, if you chose to buy V-Bucks through Apple’s payment system, the price was higher, supposedly to cover Apple’s 30 percent discount required for digital purchases from the App Store.
Epic encourages players to tweet to Apple to demand updates and a choice of payment platforms. “Apple is blocking your ability to get the latest news Fortnite updates! Epic said in the #FreeFortnite blog. “All players should have the choice of payment providers and save up to 20 percent. Apple wants to limit your payment choices! Join the fight against @App Store on social media with #FreeFortnite. “
Shortly after Apple was removed Fortnite from the App Store, Epic aired a short cartoon Apple’s “1984” ad with a Fortnitestyle spin on iconic images from the famous commercial. As part of a message at the end of the short, Epic called on players to “join the fight to stop 2020 from becoming ‘1984’.” Epic also sued Apple after its decision to Fortnite.
Epic has the new instant payment system in the Android version of Fortnite and Google removed the app from the Google Play Store on Thursday night, also for violating store policies. Android players still have ways to play Fortnite, however, they can download the game directly from Epic or from Samsung Galaxy Store on Samsung devices. And by installing the game through a non-Play Store method, Android players should still be able to access content from Fortnite’s next season.
Update Aug. 13, 6:56 PM ET: Added that Google deleted Fortnite from the Play Store.