Epic rallies Fortnite gamers towards Apple with a warning that they’ll miss the subsequent season
Apple has banned Fortnite from the App Retailer for violating retailer insurance policies, and Epic is rallying gamers towards the iPhone maker partially by telling them they may miss the sport’s upcoming season if Apple doesn’t change its guidelines.
“As a result of Apple has BLOCKED your potential to replace, when Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season four releases you’ll NOT be capable of play the brand new Season on iOS,” Epic stated in a weblog publish titled “#FreeFortnite.”
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season four is scheduled to start on August 27th. If nothing modifications between Apple and Epic by then, meaning the sport’s many iOS gamers will lose out on the possibility to play Fortnite’s subsequent main replace in only a couple weeks. New seasons usually introduce a big quantity of content material, similar to distinctive skins, notable modifications to the sport’s ever-evolving map, and gameplay options like drivable automobiles.
In case you downloaded the most recent model of Fortnite from the App Retailer earlier than Apple pulled it, you shouldn’t have issues enjoying the sport proper now, Epic says. And if Fortnite remains to be off the App Retailer when the brand new season begins, it is best to nonetheless be capable of play the present Fortnite model, 13.40, on iOS, however you gained’t be capable of entry any of the brand new season’s content material, in line with Epic.
Apple blocked Fortnite from the App Retailer as a result of Epic launched a manner to purchase V-bucks, Fortnite’s in-game foreign money, instantly from Epic. The brand new direct cost mechanism got here as a part of a worth drop on V-Bucks throughout all platforms. Nevertheless, when you selected to purchase V-Bucks via Apple’s cost system as an alternative, the value was larger, ostensibly to cowl Apple’s 30 % lower it takes from digital purchases made on the App Retailer.
Epic is encouraging gamers to tweet at Apple to demand updates and a alternative in cost platforms. “Apple is obstructing your potential to get the most recent Fortnite updates!” Epic stated within the #FreeFortnite weblog. “All gamers ought to have a alternative in cost suppliers and save as much as 20 %. Apple needs to restrict your cost decisions! Be a part of the battle towards @AppStore on social with #FreeFortnite.”
Quickly after Apple eliminated Fortnite from the App Retailer, Epic aired a brief mocking Apple’s “1984” advert that put a Fortnite-style twist on iconic imagery from the well-known industrial. As a part of a message on the finish of the quick, Epic referred to as on gamers to “be a part of the battle to cease 2020 from turning into ‘1984.’” Epic additionally sued Apple following its determination to yank Fortnite.
Epic instituted the brand new direct funds system within the Android model of Fortnite as properly, and Google eliminated the app from the Google Play Retailer Thursday night, additionally for violating retailer insurance policies. Android gamers nonetheless have methods to play Fortnite, nonetheless — they’ll obtain the sport instantly from Epic or from the Samsung Galaxy Retailer on Samsung gadgets. And by putting in the sport via a non-Play Retailer technique, Android gamers ought to nonetheless be capable of entry content material from Fortnite’s upcoming season.
Replace August 13th, 6:56PM ET: Added that Google has eliminated Fortnite from the Play Retailer.
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