firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Hindi)
We’ve hit the much anticipated crossroad that will define mobile Fortnite, potentially for years…
… and Epic isn’t backing down from the fight against Apple, despite today being the last opportunity for them to not cause irreparable damage to the mobile community. Why? Because tomorrow will be Season 4, at least for everyone except mobile players
Due to Apple delisting Fortnite from the App Store, players are unable to make the necessary client side updates to transition into the next season of Fortnite. While Epic could have temporarily complied with Apple’s terms until the ruling on their landmark lawsuit, they’re taking the less consumer friendly route
Fortnite’s official Twitter account posted the announcement earlier today:
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.
More info: https://t.co/O1bgKgkZCp
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) August 26, 2020
“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 2 – Season 4 update (v14.00), will not release on iOS and macOS on August 27,” Epic wrote
The v14.00 update is slated to drop at 5:00AM Eastern Standard Time, the exact moment our community will diverge for an indefinite amount of time
It’s worth noting that Fortnite’s declaration to #FreeFortnite is now being backed by considerable action. The beginning of a new season is usually the most profitable period for Epic, and not buckling the knee to the Apple overlords shows where the company’s true intentions lie
Will I still be able to play Fortnite on iOS after tonight?
Assuming you already had the game downloaded and updated before Epic’s… falling out with Apple, yes. You will continue to matchmake against other mobile players on the v13.40 patch
Mobile battle pass will still end on August 27th and progression will be disabled on all platforms
How can I get a refund for inaccessible VBuck purchases?
Epic has zero control over the in-game purchase payment flow; payments go straight to Apple to be later split with Epic. To request a refund, you must follow these steps through Apple’s help portal
Not surprisingly, Epic concludes the blog with a final jab at Apple. When addressing why Epic doesn’t bend the knee and comply with Apple’s demands, “Epic believes that you have a right to save money thanks to using more efficient, new purchase options. Apple’s rules add a 30% tax on all of your purchases, and they punish game developers like us who offer direct payment options,” Epic answered
As you form your opinion on the ongoing legal developments, I want to reiterate my stance that Epic is acting in good faith to permanently change the power dynamic between Apple and their consumers. While it might be inconvenient to not play the new Fortnite in the short term, it’s for the greater good… and if Epic doesn’t make a stand, nobody will
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