Fortnite: Save the World, a castle building players-vs-zombies version that came before the battle royale spin-off has been seriously affected by the current fight between Epic Games and Apple.
Both companies are in a war over Apple’s new app store policies that seek a cut of Epic’s profits and forbids it from including non-Apple payment options. Epic is not the only company that disagrees with the app store new policies.
However, as the battle royale version remains playable on macOS and will continue to work, it has been restricted from receiving new updates. The same applies to Save the World, which has continued as a premium-priced game with annual updates unlike its free counterpart.
In any ways, that will end soon on macOS as of September 23rd. Epic said In a blog post that Apple is to blame because it is preventing the company from signing updates, which will cause bugs in the future.
Following the above, refunds are coming to “all players who purchased any Save the World Founder’s or Starter Packs (including Upgrades) and played Save the World on macOS between September 17, 2019 and September 17, 2020.”
This comes after Apple hinted in a legal filing that Epic’s actions are a thinly-disguised attempt to reinvigorate Fortnite, citing Google Trends as evidence that interest had dropped some 70 percent in the last year.
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.
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) September 17, 2020