How long will the Fortnite servers be down for and when will they come back up? We've got all the latest information on the latest period of maintenance downtime.
UPDATE - 09:47AM 16th MAY 2018
The Fortnite Servers have been taken offline this morning by Epic as it prepares to deploy V4.2 of the game. The news was announced on the company's official Twitter feed a little earlier on this morning.
Downtime has started for the v4.2 update. Set your sights on this weeks patch notes here: https://t.co/3mEdj9LXHf; Fortnite (@FortniteGame) May 16, 2018
As with previous extended maintenance periods, you should expect the game to be down for several hours, and will most likely come back to life around noon in the UK. As soon as we have any official word from Epic on when Fortnite is coming back online, we'll update this article.
In the meantime, you might want to brush up on our Week 3 Challenges guide which contains an overview of all the new Season 4 tasks. We've also got a Burst Assault Rifle guide page which will help you get up to speed on the game's latest weapon!
It's also worth mentioning that the tweet we've embedded from Epic Games states that the Solid Gold LTM is making a return with this patch. Unfortunately that's been confirmed by Epic as untrue, although we imagine it'll certainly make an appearance later down the line!
UPDATE - 09:28AM:
Epic Games has just released the V.4.2 patch notes for Fortnite, which confirms that today's update will include a brand new weapon, a brand new Apple healing item, bug fixes and many more quality of life changes. Check that link for the full lowdown while we wait for the servers to come back online.
The Fortnite servers will be going offline at 4:00am Eastern time (8:00am GMT) as Epic prepares for the deployment of V.4.2 of the game. From 8:30am you will no longer be able to log into the game servers, and will only be able to jump back in once maintenance has been completed.
Additionally, matchmaking will be disabled fifteen minutes before the commencement of downtime. If you plan on having a game, get in there now and make it a zippy one!
v4.2 is releasing tomorrow, May 16. Downtime begins at 4am ET (08:00 GMT).; Fortnite (@FortniteGame) May 15, 2018
How long will the Fortnite servers be down for though, and when will they come back up? Well, typically we expect the team to take between two and three hours to get the game ready for re-deployment, so you should expect to be back in and blowing stuff up by around 06:00 to 07:00 ET.
Those times are variable though, and some patches take longer to apply than others. Expect this article to be updated as we learn more direct from Epic Games.
When the game does go back online, you can look forward to testing out a brand new Burst Assault Rifle weapon. Going by the name, we expect it'll act similarly to the existing Burst Rifle, albeit with a bit more punch. It's an Epic and Legendary only rifle, which makes it a likely candidate for fan favourite. Not only will it be accurate, but it'll also be powerful as well - will players start picking it up over the SCAR? For now we'll have to wait and see.
We'll update this article throughout the morning, and will also add in the patch notes for V 4.2 as soon as they're released by Epic.