A new season of Fortnite is almost here, at least for most platforms. Unfortunately, the many players that enjoy Fortnite on their iPhone or Mac won’t get the game’s season 4 update when it’s released on Aug. 27.
“Apple has blocked your ability to update Fortnite on the App Store, and has said they will terminate our ability to develop Fortnite for Apple devices,” Epic Games said on the official Fortnite Twitter account. “As a result, Chapter 2 - Season 4 (v14.00) will not release on Apple devices...”
The missing season stems from the ongoing legal battle between Epic Games, the publisher and developer of Fortnite, and Apple, the company behind iOS and macOS. The conflict started when Epic added an option to the iOS version of the game for players to purchase Fortnite’s in-game currency, V-Bucks, directly from Epic, bypassing Apple’s contractually agreed upon 30% cut of all sales made on the App Store. Since then Fortnite has been pulled from the App Store and a variety of lawsuits have been filed.
Thanks to all this, Apple has chosen to block new updates to Fortnite. Which means, even if you still have the iOS or macOC version of Fortnite installed, you won’t be getting the new season when it launches on Thursday.
Apple has blocked your ability to update Fortnite on the App Store, and has said they will terminate our ability to develop Fortnite for Apple devices. As a result, Chapter 2 - Season 4 (v14.00) will not release on Apple devices on August 27.— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) August 26, 2020
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For its part, Epic is encouraging players to use the #FreeFortnite hashtag to voice their disappointment with Apple over the decision to remove Fortnite and block its updates. Apple, similarly, has said that it will remove the update restrictions and reinstate Fortnite on the App Store if Epic removes the option to bypass the Apple’s payment processing system.
The first hearings in these legal disputes was held on Aug. 24 where a judge determined that Apple was within its rights to keep Fortnite off of the App Store. Since legal proceedings, especially ones of this size, are often a long and slow process, there’s no telling how long Fortnite will remain absent from the App Store, or whether not Mac and iOS players will have the chance to experience any part of season 4.
Meanwhile, Fortnite remains free on every other platform — including Android (through direct installation), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.
Update (1:35 p.m. EDT): Epic confirmed in a statement to The Verge that Fortnite players “on iPhone, iPad, and Mac will also lose cross-play Fortnite multiplayer with non-Apple platforms.”