Is Fortnite down? That question will be on a lot of fans’ minds this morning, as they log onto their gaming device of choice only to find that Fortnite doesn’t seem to be working.
Don’t worry, though – it isn’t just you! Epic Games has confirmed that it is taking Fortnite offline for a while today (11th May 2021) and the company has a good reason to do so.
Keep on reading and we’ll break down all the essential details on today’s Fortnite downtime, which is all tied to the Fortnite v16.40 update.
Is Fortnite down?
Yes, Fortnite is down at the moment, with Epic Games confirming on Twitter that some scheduled downtime is taking place this morning (from a UK perspective).
Today’s Fortnite server downtime began at around 9am UK time on Tuesday 11th May 2021 – so if you’ve been struggling to play the game, that’s why!
We're beginning to disable services in preparation for v16.40. If you're currently in a session, you can continue to play until downtime starts at approx. 4 AM ET (08:00 UTC). pic.twitter.com/vi2evGgmME— Fortnite Status (@FortniteStatus) May 11, 2021
When will Fortnite servers go live again?
Epic Games has not confirmed the exact duration of this downtime, so we don’t know the precise point at which the Fortnite servers will go live again.
But we can make a decent guess based on the previous form. Downtime for previous updates like this have generally lasted for around three hours, so we would hope to see Fortnite coming back online at around 12 midday UK time.
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Patch notes: What is this Fortnite server downtime for?
Today’s Fortnite server downtime is dedicated to bringing the v16.40 update into the game, which will bring a few changes – there will be a new weapon (the Exotic Marksman Six Shooter), some summer fun in Creative mode, and a Wild Week that kicks off on May 13th.
The Dub shotgun will also be sent to the vault as part of this update, Epic Games has confirmed. The developers summed up today’s changes in a brace of Tweets, which you can see below. These should help you wrap your head around the Fortnite downtime:
🔒 As part of this update, we’ll be vaulting the Exotic shotgun The Dub— Fortnite Status (@FortniteStatus) May 10, 2021
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