We have arrived at August 27, the date on which Season 4 of Fortnite will start, and it seems that the clash between Epic and Apple is very far from finding a peaceful and shared solution between the two parties. So what changes from today?
For the first time in its history, the famous battle royale of Epic Games takes an important step back that brings it back to 2018, at least as regards the iOS and macOS versions of the game; these, in fact, will lose support for cross play with other platforms as they will not be able to update to receive the contents of the new season.
Both versions of Fortnite will therefore remain blocked at patch 13.40 for an indefinite period of time, at least until one between Apple and Epic is able to make its reasons prevail. Despite this, it will still be possible to continue playing normally, as long as you have added the title to your library before it was removed from the App Store. If you have deleted it in the past, you still have the possibility to recover it by accessing the history of your past purchases.
This outcome was obvious on iOS, however it is curious that Epic has chosen to reserve the same treatment for its users who access Fortnite using macOS. On the iMac and MacBook operating system, in fact, the title has always been distributed outside the Apple Store, using the launcher developed by Epic, so there seem to be no real reasons behind the choice not to update the macOS version, if not that of wanting to hit all Apple platforms indiscriminately.
Recall that Fortnite has also been removed from the Android Play Store, however in this case it is possible to manually update the game using the Epic launcher downloadable from the official website (a situation therefore, on paper, similar to that of macOS) or via the Galaxy App Store if you own a Samsung device.