Fortnite servers are going offline this morning as Epic Games get to work releasing the new update for the game, as part of the 8.40 patch notes.
That, of course, means matchmaking will be temporarily disabled for all Fortnite modes, including Battle Royale, Save the World and Creative Mode.
Likewise, this is an update for ALL platforms. Which of course means players on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC and mobile won’t be able to log in for the next few hours.
Fortnite’s next big update is scheduled to arrive this morning at 10am following confirmation of the server downtime last night.
“Hit your mark! Downtime for the v8.40 update starts tomorrow, April 17 at 5AM ET(0900 UTC),” a recent message from Epic Games confirms.
Whilst the update from last week was considered a ‘big’ update for the game, it was still on the small side.
So today’s update could also be fairly substantial for the game which multiple new features and fixes.
So hold tight for new skins coming to the shop, new season 9 leaks, new challenges and plenty more.
How long is Fortnite down today?
Epic Games has not technically given any details about how long the downtime will last today.
Players are normally booted off the game 20 minutes before downtime begins and it typically lasts for a couple of hours at least.
Based on past downtime and updates, we would estimate the game will be back online by roughly 12pm GMT.
It’s not clear exactly how accurate a bog standard service message can be, but it’s worth also highlighting that the Epic Games server status page for the game notes that today’s scheduled maintenance will last “09:00–11:00 UTC”.
This could quite easily change, nothing is 100% accurate, especially if the update creates any issues after being released.
Likewise, it could be sorted quicker than anticipated. But for now, at least, we have a reasonable idea of how long downtime will take.
Should anything catastrophic happen with the update, Daily Star we’ll be on hand to update you.
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