Why Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 4 is not playable on iOS right now.
Today’s Fortnite update introduced Chapter 2 – Season 4, the next major refresh in Epic Games’ battle royale. Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to experience what the next season has to offer.
As you all probably know by now, Epic Games and Apple are in a bit of a legal dispute. It stems from Epic recently introducing an alternative payment method within the game that goes against Apple’s rules for iOS. As a result, Apple has removed Fortnite from its App Store.
What this means is that anyone who owns an iOS device can no longer find and install Fortnite from the App Store, which also happens to be the only way to download new apps on an iOS. It effectively blocks any chance of downloading the game right now if you don’t already have it installed.
It also means you can no longer download any new updates released for the game. So even if you do have Fortnite installed on your iOS device, you can’t download the latest update (v14.00), Chapter 2 – Season 4. As Epic explained:
In response to Epic providing new payment choices with lower prices, Apple has retaliated by blocking Fortnite updates and new installs on the App Store, and has said they will terminate our ability to develop Fortnite for Apple devices. As a result, Fortnite’s newly released Chapter 2 – Season 4 update (v14.00), will not release on iOS and macOS on August 27.
Granted, this is just one company’s side of the story but the key takeaway is that anyone with an iOS can no longer download and play Fortnite‘s latest update. You’ll still be able to play Chapter 2 – Season 3 (v13.40) but the Battle Pass and any progression is no longer possible.
It’s worth noting that if you have previously downloaded Fortnite on iOS you can still re-download it from the App Store but, again, it’s going to be the older version. You can locate the older version under “Purchased” from the Account icon in the top right corner of the App Store. You then have to click the Cloud or Download button next to the Fortnite app.
For all other details regarding Fortnite on iOS, check out Epic’s latest “#FreeFortnite” blog post which answers some questions you may have.
Honestly, it’s a horrible time for this whole legal battle to unfold as Chapter 2 – Season 4 is shaping up to be one of the coolest yet. As teased by Epic Games, the next season seems to be Marvel-themed. Various teasers have indicated possible characters like Captain America, Groot and Wolverine will be coming to the battle royale game.
The good news is that Fortnite is a multiplatform game that’s still very much playable on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. You can even still play it on Android devices if you download it from Fortnite.com/Android or the Samsung Galaxy Store.