Fortnite is divided into "two different games" due to the legal battle between Epic and Apple. Season 4 of chapter 2 on Android, X...
Fortnite is divided into "two different games" due to the legal battle between Epic and Apple. Season 4 of chapter 2 on Android, Xbox, PC and the previous one on iPhone, iPad and Mac
The launch of season 4 of Fortnite's Chapter 2 was expected to take place before September, so the time has come. In a recent release, game publisher Epic Games makes the information official. The new release will only be available to gamers on PlayStation 4, PC, Android and Nintendo Switch. Those on iPhone, iPad and Mac will be weaned off. In other words, the legal battle between Epic Games and Apple now divides Fortnite into two different games.
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"Apple blocks all updates and installations of Fortnite on the App Store and they announced that they will block our ability to develop Fortnite on Apple devices. As a result, the 14.00 update for season 4 of chapter 2 will not be released on iOS or macOS on August 27," the U.S. studio said.
Therefore, on Apple platforms, the game will remain at version 13.40. Gamers on Apple platforms will not benefit from the new features integrated in the latest version.
The trouble began on August 13 when Epic added a direct payment mechanism to Fortnite that violates the rules of the App Store. Shortly thereafter, Apple kicked Fortnite out of the App Store, kicking off Epic's campaign against the iPhone manufacturer. Epic sued Apple, published a short video parodying an Apple advertisement, posted an extensive blog calling on players to tweet the #FreeFortnite hashtag, and a week later, announced a gaming tournament with Anti-Apple rewards. So Epic had probably prepared for war.
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To date, a court ruling has prohibited Apple from blocking Epic's Unreal Engine as the apple giant had threatened to do, but it does allow Apple to eject Fortnite from the App Store. A hearing on a preliminary injunction is scheduled for September 28 and could make these decisions more permanent for the duration of the trial.
In the short term, any decision to change Fortnite's status on Apple devices is in Epic's hands. If Epic wants to bring Fortnite back on the iOS App Store, Apple says the studio must simply comply with the App Store's guidelines, which likely means removing the direct payment option. If Epic makes the necessary changes, "we'll be happy to welcome Fortnite back on iOS," Apple says in a release.
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Epic, for its part, remains adamant on its antitrust argument that has been put forward since the beginning of the case:
"Apple is asking Epic to withdraw the direct payment option. Their proposal is an invitation for Epic to join forces with Apple to maintain their monopoly on in-app payments on iOS, removing competition from the free market and inflating prices. As a matter of principle, we will not participate in this project. As the owner of a mobile device, you have the right to install applications from sources of your choice. Software manufacturers have the right to freely express their ideas and compete in a fair market. Apple's policies deny you these freedoms. "
If the game publisher succeeds in convincing the judges, it will be on its way to realizing one of Apple's fears: undermining the App Store business model.
Source : Epic Games