Fortnite Downtime: Epic Games Fortnite servers shutting down for new update release

UPDATE: Fortnite Downtime is scheduled for today and will be kicking off at around 7am GMT, on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch and Mobile.

A new message from Epic Games explains: "A maintenance patch requiring downtime is scheduled to release on May 7. Downtime will begin at 2 AM ET (0600 UTC).

"We’ll update you here both when downtime begins and ends." 

The scheduled maintenance is expected to last less than three hours and more news on what could be included is listed below.

ORIGINAL: Today’s update has been confirmed by Epic Games as a maintenance patch, which means servers will be shutting down. There's been plenty of weekly patches during Season 2, and there will probably be a few more in the weeks to come, before the launch of Season 3. This will be the last Fortnite update ahead of the new Party Royale event, which is scheduled to go live on May 8, 2020.

The bad news is that Epic Games is keeping things quiet when it comes to what is being planned for this patch, but it seems likely that there will be some Party Royale content included.

While there hasn’t been much in the way of news when it comes to new weapons, there’s been a few other leaks connected to the end of the season.

These seem unlikely to go live this week but it looks like a “Storm the Agency” Challenge will be released in the coming weeks.

A few clues might be found in the new update, which is being classed as a maintenance patch by Epic Games.

That means there will be a focus on fixing bugs and making the game run smoother on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch and Mobile.

The downside to today’s update is that it means the game servers will be unavailable for several hours as the development team performs maintenance.

But the good news is that Epic Games has confirmed what time Fortnite downtime will be starting today, and have also given a rough outline for how long it might last.

WHEN ARE FORTNITE SERVERS GOING DOWN?

According to Epic Games, Fortnite servers are scheduled to go offline on May 7, across all platforms.

This means that Battle Royale and Save the World modes will be unplayable for the duration.

Epic estimates downtime could last up to three hours, however, it’s more likely that everything will be completed much sooner.

Recent updates have only taken around an hour or two to deploy but it will all depend on how many fixes are included.

Meanwhile, Fortnite server downtime and maintenance will begin at 7am, GMT, meaning gamers in the United States will be unable to play from 2am ET onward.

The good news is that Epic Games will confirm on Twitter when Fortnite servers are going offline, and when they will be back online.

While we don’t know what is in this latest Fortnite update, we do know what is coming later this week with the Party Royale.

A message from Epic Games explains: “The Party Royale Premiere arrives on Friday, May 8, at 9 PM ET.

“Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki, and deadmau5 are coming to Party Royale with back-to-back-to-back sets LIVE on the big screen at the Main Stage. Hit the dance floor, chill with friends, or jump into activities in Party Royale.

“The Party Royale Premiere also has a party favour. Anyone who logs into Fortnite from Friday, May 8 at 6 PM ET to Monday, May 11 at 10 AM ET will get the new, music-reactive Neon Wings Back Bling for free! Perfect for wearing at the show.

“If you can’t make it right at 9 PM ET, you can still catch the rest of the live show as long as you join before it ends at 10 PM ET.”

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