Epic has confirmed that it will not release the upcoming one Fortnite season, chapter 2: Season 4, for iOS or macOS, and says the ongoing antitrust feud with Apple over payment processing in the app and other App Store disputes has blocked it from issuing updates and new installations on Apple devices. While this was a suspicious development after Fortniteremoval earlier this month – Epic warned that it could happen the day the app was launched – the season’s launch on Thursday 27 August had approached quickly without formal words from Epic about the plans.
“Apple is blocking Fortnite updates and new installations on the App Store, and have said that they will end our ability to develop us Fortnite for Apple devices. As a result, Fortnite̵
One factor Epic had to contend with was whether it could convince the judge leading its lawsuit against Apple to issue a temporary restraining order that prevents Apple from retaining Fortnite of the App Store and blocks Epic updates. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled late Monday after a hearing earlier that evening, banning Epic from visiting, but only with respect to the Unreal Engine business, which Apple also targeted with a threat to close the associated developer account.
This meant that Apple was not required to recover Fortnite to the App Store, and Epic was forced to plan the fact that it would not be able to issue updates to the iOS or macOS versions of the game. Apple has said that Epic can simply reset the update that implemented its own payment processing system in the app to resume distribution and update Fortnite on iOS and macOS.
But Epic has refused to say in a new blog post published today entitled “Why We Fight”, that Apple’s proposal is an “invitation to Epic to work with Apple to maintain its monopoly” and that Epic “as a matter of principle questions .. will not participate in this scheme. ”
You can read the post in its entirety below:
Epic gave Fortnite players on iOS a choice between Apple payment and Epic direct payment, and transferred savings to direct buyers. Apple retaliated by blocking Fortnite updates on iOS devices and threatening to prevent Epic from creating software for all Apple devices – not just on Fortnite, but all our games, and also the Unreal Engine.
Apple asks Epic to reset Fortnite to use only Apple payments. Their proposal is an invitation to Epic to partner with Apple to maintain its monopoly over payments in apps on iOS, suppress free market competition and increase prices. As a matter of principle, we will not participate in this scheme.
You, as the owner of a mobile device, have the right to install apps from sources you choose. Software developers have the right to freely express their ideas and compete in a fair marketplace. Apple policy removes these freedoms.
Apple’s policies are so restrictive that they block gaming services like Microsoft xCloud, NVIDIA GeForce NOW and Google Stadia from existing on iOS. Apple’s policy would even have blocked the web if it had been invented after the iPhone, because Apple’s policy does not allow the execution of code that is not reviewed by Apple, accepts payments directly from customers and access to content that is not reviewed by Apple – all basic features online. These guidelines, along with Apple’s cool enforcement strategy, directly hinder the innovation and invention of entirely new types of apps, games, and businesses.
Epic is one of the many game developers who have long worked to promote better and fairer platform practices, such as platform games, communications, accounts and objects in Fortnite on seven platforms (but now only six). We are committed to ensuring lasting freedoms for all. This is why we fight.
You can see the overview of our legal dispute in the archives on 13 August, 17 August and 23 August.