UPDATE: Servers are now coming back online after being down from 9am this morning.
Players are now waiting as they download Season 5. The waiting time is bound to be a bit longer as there is a mad flurry to download the game.
Fortnite has now updated its status website, confirming "All Systems Operational."
Their timeline for the scheduled update said:
July 12, 10.15 UTC (11.15am BST) – Completed - The scheduled maintenance has been completed.
Juy 12, 8.01 UTC (9.01am BST) – In progress - Scheduled maintenance is currently in progress. We will provide updates as necessary.
ORIGINAL STORY: Fortnite is undergoing a major update as it prepares for the launch of Season 5.
As a result, the planned patch update started this morning, meaning millions of players were unable to log in.
The official Fortnite downtime started at 9am BST.
Now, an hour an a half later, Battle Royale is still down.
You may have panicked when you noticed you were unable to log in before 9am this morning.
That is because Epic Games disabled its matchmaking services at around 8.40am, before making it completely unplayable at 9am.
Fortnite will be unavailable for PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch and mobile during that time.
Completed - The scheduled maintenance has been completed.
“Downtime for season 5 has begun…”
How long is Fortnite downtime? How long will server be down?
Luckily, you’ll only be without the Battle Royale game for a few hours.
Fortnite tweeted at 9.05 am BST: “Downtime for season 5 has begun…”, meaning players could no longer log into the game.
A normal update would take no longer than a couple of hours.
However, there is no doubt this Season 5 update is a massive one.
This means the update may take a bit longer, depending on the extent of the patch update.
We don’t expect Fortnite to be back online before around 11am BST (7am ET).
If all goes to plan, players could be discovering what Season 5 has in store by midday.
However, more likely it may still be down until the afternoon as it undergoes massive changes.
There will likely be further downtime if the servers get overloaded, because of the hype surrounding the patch.
Epic Games announced: “We also have many new things coming your way, due to this the patch size will be larger than normal.”
Epic Games is preparing to release Season 5 when the downtime is over.
The official Fortnite Twitter account confirmed yesterday the servers would go down before the exciting release of new maps and items.
Fortnite tweeted: “Big patch coming, get that auto-update ready!
“Downtime for Season 5 will begin tomorrow, July 12 at 4am ET (0800 GMT).
“Patch Notes will be available once downtime begins.
“Prepare to explore and discover what mysteries await.”
Epic Games have dropped several hints about what is in store for fans of the Battle Royale game.
Some players predict there will be some sort of time travel theme, although this has not yet been confirmed.
While Epic Games have yet to announce any of the changes, you can expect map changes, new vehicles and more.
You can play Fortnite 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.