What you need to know
- Fortnite is still missing from the App Store and that isn't changing any time soon.
- Epic has emailed gamers to make sure they know why that is.
- Epic says it's because Apple is a big meanie so Epic has taken its ball and gone home.
Yesterday saw the arrival of Epic's Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 4. Except, it didn't if you game on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac. We all know why that is at this point, but Epic wanted to make sure the point was driven home as hard as possible. So overnight it emailed everyone to tell them what's happening, what they'll be missing out on, and why.
TL;DR – you can't play the new season, you're missing out on a lot, and it's Apple's fault.
Epic opens its email with a message we've seen before. Apple is blocking Fortnite updates.
What that means for gamers is pretty simple. We can play last season's content just fine, but anything from Season 2 – Chapter 4 is off-limits. Presumably, there will still be people playing the old chapter on their Apple devices, but whether it's enough to fill lobbies properly, I don't know yet. I've been playing on PS4 instead – more on that in a minute.
Epic then goes on to outline what Apple gamers are going to miss out on. Gifting won't work, we can't buy cosmetics from the new season, and we're locked out of Battle Lab, Duos. and LTMs. Just to make sure this sucks as much as possible, presumably.
But panic not, because there are other ways to play Fortnite!
Or, if you're really very desperate, there's Android. If you're switching from iOS to Android to play Fortnite, more power to you!
Epic then goes on to explain the whys and wherefores of all this. And yes, it's all Apple's fault. Epic ignores the fact it could get Fortnite back into the store, likely without even submitting an update, though.
Just to finish things up, Epic also wants to hit Apple in the wallet as well. The email rounds out by providing information on how people can ask Apple for a refund. For what, I'm not sure.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
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