Epic Games looks to have outed Apple’s development on VR programs because of a scandal with the tech giant.
The studio recently introduced a direct payment method in an attempt to bait the company into removing Fortnite from the App Store.
Apple did just what Epic wanted, and it was met with a lawsuit in tandem with a social media campaign.
On Monday, the game studio announced that Apple was threatening further action – including cutting off developer tools and accounts.
Epic also posted a letter from the tech giant that seemed to feature a reference to VR technology.
After getting its developer accounts terminated, Apple announced that Epic Games would no longer have access to “adoption and support of ARKit features and future VR features into Unreal Engine by their XR team,” among other features.
The Cupertino-based company’s ARKit is a developer framework that can create AR apps for iPhones. However, Apple doesn’t have any public-facing VR devices available for the moment.
AR means augmented reality systems that consist of digital elements over a real-world environment, while VR refers to a fully virtualized environment usually used for gaming.
Apple is expected to introduce an AR headset that works as an extension to an iPhone, maybe under the “Apple Glass” name.
However, there have not been as numerous rumors suggesting an Apple VR-style product.
A recently filed patent application suggests that Apple is developing a VR headset that wouldn’t be transparent like “Apple Glass.”
In May, Apple purchased VR video streaming startup NextVR.
Though the thought of an Apple VR device sounds impressive, it’s likely that the “VR features” mentioned in the company’s letter might refer to simpler technology present in the existing partnerships with firms like the HTC Vive Pro.