Epic Games warned users, earlier this week, that Fortnite for iOS and Mac would no longer receive any updates with new seasons because of the dispute between the game developer and Apple (following which Apple had removed Fortnite from the App Store). Epic recently informed Fortnite players that the game has now been officially blocked from Apple platforms and will not receive any updates in the future.
An email was sent to all Fortnite players warning them about Apple blocking the game on the App Store and, consequently, iOS and Mac users will no longer get any new in-game content.
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, the Chapter 2 – Season 4 update (v14.00), did not release on iOS and macOS on August 27.
Players who have the game pre-installed will still be able to access the previous version of the game on their iPhone or iPad, but it will have some limitations from now on. “If you already downloaded Fortnite via the App Store, you should be able to continue playing Chapter 2 – Season 3’s v13.40 update,” says Epic.
As for Mac users, Fortnite wasn’t offered through the App Store yet Apple has decided to cease updates for the Mac version of the game as well.
Any new updates for Fortnite will not be available for iOS and Mac users. This includes new items like gifts and challenges. Epic Games also reiterated that Battle Lab, Duos, and LTMs game modes are currently disabled on iOS, meaning Fortnite on iPhone, iPad, and Mac has lost cross-platform compatibility.
Epic Games had also hosted a tournament called #FreeFortnite and given away non-Apple devices to urge users to use them if they want to continue playing Fortnite with its latest updates. Epic asked users to download the game on other platforms such as Windows or Android.
To play Chapter 2 – Season 4 now, download Fortnite on PC or on PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo Switch. If you want to play Fortnite on Android, you can access the latest version of Fortnite from the Epic Games App for Android on Fortnite.com/Android or the Samsung Galaxy Store.
Apple also recently announced that it’s terminating Epic’s developer account to which Epic responded by filing a lawsuit. However, the judge ruled earlier this week that Apple cannot terminate Epic’s developer accounts relating to Unreal Engine or other Epic properties.