Fortnite servers will be down as Epic Games make way for season 5
The development team behind one of the world’s most popular games will be taking it offline today.
Fortnite servers downtime has already been confirmed by Epic Games, who plans to kick off scheduled maintenance during the morning.
This will mean the game’s servers being unavailable for several hours and will end in a new update needing to be downloaded.
This will be on all platform, including PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch and Mobile iOS.
Fortnite server downtime will begin at 9am, BST, and probably last a few hours.
It should be noted that players usually start getting booted from live Fortnite games around 20 minutes before maintenance is due to start.
Epic Games have warned that there will be a sizable download waiting for all fans after they have completed maintenance.
There’s a good chance that Fortnite Battle Royale will be back online at around 11am, BST.
If everything goes right with the launch of Fortnite Season 5, fans will be back playing the game around midday.
However, there’s also a good chance of further downtime if servers get overloaded.
And with all the hype surrounding season 5, it would be easy for something like to derail the start of the new season.
Here’s the latest from Epic Games, who confirmed: “Season 5 approaches, explore the rift!
“Downtime begins at 4 AM Eastern Time (0800 GMT) tomorrow, July 12.
“Patch Notes will be available as soon as downtime begins and we’ll update you once you once servers are back online, and you can explore everything new for yourself.
“Any previous replays you have saved will be unplayable in the new build. So make sure to create any last minute content you have saved in your replays.
“We also have many new things coming your way, due to this the patch size will be larger than usual.
“So make sure you have that auto-update ready! There is also the potential you may also experience slower download speeds.
“We cannot wait for you to hop in, explore and experience Season 5 and we’ll update you once downtime ends!”
Epic Games has released a handful of teasers about the upcoming season, which appears to have some kind of historical theme.
And while the map changes and new features remain under wraps, the company has released one or two early patch notes.
According to the Fortnite Trello board, update 5.0 will fix a series of long-running Battle Royale and Save the World issues.
This includes a problem with renaming replays in Battle Royale, and Builder Pro Latency in Save the World.
Battle Royale fixes…
- Renaming a replay causes the “Points of Interest” to disappear on the replay timeline (Fixed in next update)
- First win does not grant umbrella (Investigating)
Fortnite Battle Royale is a free game that can be downloaded and played on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch and iOS.