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Why you can’t play Fortnite’s new Marvel season on iPhone or Mac

A new season of Fortnite is almost here, at least for most platforms. Unfortunately, the many players that enjoy Fortnite on their iPhone or Mac won’t get the game’s season 4 update when it’s released on Aug. 27.

“Apple has blocked your ability to update Fortnite on the App Store, and has said they will terminate our ability to develop Fortnite for Apple devices,” Epic Games said on the official Fortnite Twitter account. “As a result, Chapter 2 – Season 4 (v14.00) will not release on Apple devices…”

The missing season stems from the ongoing legal battle between Epic Games, the publisher and developer of Fortnite, and Apple, the company behind iOS and macOS. The conflict started when Epic added an option to the iOS version of the game for players to purchase Fortnite’s in-game currency, V-Bucks, directly from Epic, bypassing Apple’s contractually agreed upon 30% cut of all sales made on the App Store. Since then Fortnite has been pulled from the App Store and a variety of lawsuits have been filed.

Thanks to all this, Apple has chosen to block new updates to Fortnite. Which means, even if you still have the iOS or macOC version of Fortnite installed, you won’t be getting the new season when it launches on Thursday.

For its part, Epic is encouraging players to use the #FreeFortnite hashtag to voice their disappointment with Apple over the decision to remove Fortnite and block its updates. Apple, similarly, has said that it will remove the update restrictions and reinstate Fortnite on the App Store if Epic removes the option to bypass the Apple’s payment processing system.

The first hearings in these legal disputes…