Fans of Fortnite, rejoice! If Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney’s statement is any indication, the popular battle royale game might make a comeback to iOS devices in 2023.
Sweeney announced the news in a tweet that simply stated, “Next year on iOS!” Before it was removed, Fortnite was one of the most popular games on iOS. Sweeney indicated at the time that Epic is dedicated to bringing Fortnite back to the App Store, but only when “Apple’s regulations no longer interfere with creators’ ability to distribute their products as they wish.”
This comment refers to Epic’s ongoing legal dispute with Apple, which started in August 2020 when Epic added a direct payment method to the Fortnite app on the App Store. Apple withdrew the software from the App Store, alleging policy breaches. Epic subsequently launched a lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of antitrust crimes.
With the legal fights over, Epic appears to be contemplating the eventual return of Fortnite to the App Store. This is great news for iOS Fortnite gamers who have been unable to access the game since it was pulled from the store.
It’s worth noting that Sweeney’s tweet did not provide a date for the reintroduction of Fortnite to iOS devices, instead merely mentioning 2023, nor did it explicitly state it was referring to Fortnite. However, enthusiasts feel it is quite improbable that it is a reference to anything else.
Meanwhile, Fortnite is still accessible on other platforms such as PC, Mac, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch. While waiting for the game to come to iOS, players on these platforms may continue to enjoy it.
Overall, this is a positive development for Fortnite aficionados who use iOS devices. While it’s unknown when the game will return to the App Store, the fact that Epic is working on it is a good omen.