Users of Apple devices continue to be the casualty of the ongoing feud between the company and Epic Games, which has been brewing for the past month.
For those who aren’t aware of what’s been going on, you can take a look at a detailed synopsis here. In short, Epic have allowed players to purchase V-Bucks directly from them – bypassing the take of the Google Play Store and iOS App Store.
Apple and Google have both removed Fortnite from their stores, but Android devices allow the use of third-party launchers where Apple devices do not. The result is that Android users can still play the most recent version of Fortnite while iOS and Mac users can’t.
At first, most of the focus was on the Battle Royale side of things. Mobile players using iOS devices couldn’t get the Season 4 update, which means that they were stuck in the past. They would be forced to play Season 3 indefinitely.
On September 17, however, Epic announced that the feud with Apple has resulted in their inability to develop ‘Save the World’ on Mac. On September 23, 2020, Fortnite Save the World will no longer be playable on Mac.
Apple is preventing us from distributing games on Mac which ends our ability to develop Fortnite: Save the World for the platform. Beginning September 23, 2020, Save the World will no longer be playable on Mac.
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— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) September 17, 2020
In the accompanying blog post, the development team told players that, “Apple is preventing Epic from signing games and patches for distribution on Mac, which ends our ability to develop and offer Fortnite: Save the World for the platform. Specifically, our upcoming v14.20 release will cause bugs for players on v13.40, resulting in a very poor experience.”
The team decided to cut their losses and offer refunds to any Mac player who purchased Save the World on their device. The same is true for any V-Buck purchases they made. “There’s no action needed on your part to receive the refund and you will retain any previously purchased V-Bucks and items on your account.”
Of course, this only affects MacOS players and no one else. Anyone who previously played on MacOS can pick up where they left off on another platform, if they so choose. “Players will still be able to play Save the World on PC, PlayStation and Xbox, and thanks to cross-progression, your Heroes, Schematics and everything else in your Homebase will automatically transfer across supported platforms,” Epic wrote in a blog post.
You will still be able to play the Battle Royale version of Fortnite on MacOS, but won’t be receiving updates until this issue is resolved. Hopefully, that’s sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, it looks like Epic and Apple are preparing for a long battle in court. We’ll keep you posted as this story develops.