Frustrated when you tried to log onto Fortnite this morning and you were unable? Don’t worry, there is a reason.
Fortnite servers went down at 9am BST today, at which time the game’s Twitter account tweeted: “Downtime for Season 5 has begun…”
The Battle royale game warned players it would be pursuing downtime as the software developer, Epic Games, prepares for the launch of Season 5.
Fortnite tweeted yesterday: “Big patch coming, get that auto-update ready! Downtime for Season 5 will begin tomorrow, July 12 at 4 AM ET (0800 GMT). Patch Notes will be available once downtime begins.
“Prepare to explore and discover what mysteries await.”
The new patch will be released on PS4, PC, Xbox and mobile.
“Downtime for Season 5 has begun”
When will Fortnite Battle Royale servers be online?
The downtime officially started at 9am UK time, and is expected to last for several hours.
Epic added: “We also have new things coming your way, due to this the patch size will be larger than normal.”
Because the patch is bigger than usual, this will likely mean the download speeds will be slower than normal.
Fortnite disabled matchmaking services at about 8.40am ahead of the update, and the game was unplayable after a short time.
Epic Games revealed the servers would go down at “8am GMT”, which may have confused players.
We are no longer in GMT, so translated this is 9am BST.
Fortnite usually updates every two weeks on a Tuesday, followed by New Challenges and Loading screens on a Thursday.
However, several big bugs forced Epic Games to change the update schedule to a Thursday morning.
Usually you can expect the game to be down at least an hour, to an hour and a half.
However, this is no normal weekly patch, and we expect it to take longer than usual, depending on how much work is required.
We wouldn’t expect the game to come back online until at least 11am BST (7am ET).
However, don’t be surprised if the downtime lasts into the afternoon.
Epic Games will be updating players on the progress on their official Twitter account.
As soon as the game is up and running, Season 5 will have started.
Fans have been teased with posters and hints in the last few weeks, building up suspense for when the new Season drops.
Fortnite have yet to reveal any official news, but fans have guessed the new theme will be entered around time travel.
Although not confirmed yet, you can expect map changes, emotes, skins, pickaxes and gliders.
The hints dropped by Epic Games suggest you can look forward to seeing brand new vehicles, with a new All Terrain Kart.
This can hold four people and has a bounce pad on the roof.
Players can enjoy two new map areas to explore, called Lazy Links and Paradise Palms.
You can get in on the action by buying a Season 5 Battle Pass once the update is live.
This will allow you to access weekly challenges, meaning you can compete for V-Bucks and Experience Points.
Fortnite can be played for free, and you won’t have to pay for downloading the new season.
However, if you want a Season 5 Battle Pass you will have to fork out £8/$10.