UPDATE: Fortnite Downtime for Chapter 2 Season 4 has been scheduled for today, August 27, and will be kicking off at around 7am BST.
US gamers will see Fortnite servers shutting down in the United States from 2am ET onward, which could last up to four hours.
A message from Epic Games confirms: “Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 4 (v14.00) arrives August 27. Downtime for the Season begins at 2 AM ET (06:00 UTC). Note: With the launch of the new Season, patch sizes will be larger than normal.
“Apple has blocked your ability to update Fortnite on the App Store, and has said they will terminate our ability to develop Fortnite for Apple devices. As a result, Chapter 2 – Season 4 (v14.00) will not release on Apple devices on August 27.”
ORIGINAL: Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 4 is launching today, August 27, across PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch and Mobile. And this means that Epic Games will be taking game servers offline to perform maintenance and prepare for a season of content.
This means downloading a large patch before gaining access to the new Battle Pass and whatever other big changes are being planned. Fortnite Season 4 is expected to run like most other major updates, although there will be one massive difference this time around.
It will be the first Fortnite update in over a year that won’t be available to gamers on iOS platforms. This means that if you play Fortnite Mobile using an Apple device, you’re about to be left behind.
The latest from Epic Games on the subject explains: “Apple is blocking Fortnite updates and new installs on the App Store, and has said they will terminate our ability to develop Fortnite for Apple devices. As a result, Fortnite’s newly released Chapter 2 – Season 4 update (v14.00), will not release on iOS and macOS on August 27.
“Epic is fighting to end Apple’s anti-competitive restrictions on mobile device marketplaces. Papers are available for our August 13, August 17, and August 23 filings.
“If you still want to play Fortnite on Android, you can access the latest version of Fortnite from the Epic Games App for Android on Fortnite.com/Android or the Samsung Galaxy Store.”
For everyone else, there is only a short amount of time before the big release lands on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch and Mobile.
The only downside with today’s update is that it means the game servers could be unavailable for several hours.
The good news is that we know what time Fortnite downtime will be starting, and a rough outline for how long it might last.
According to Epic Games, Fortnite servers are scheduled to go offline on Thursday, August 27, on PS4, Xbox, PC, Switch and Mobile.
This means that Battle Royale and Save the World modes will be unplayable for the duration of the maintenance period.
Epic estimates downtime could last up to four hours; however, it’s more likely that everything will be completed sooner.
Recent updates have taken a shorter amount of time to be deployed but it should be noted that the Fortnite Season 4 update will be larger in size.
This means that Fortnite will be unavailable in the United States from 2am ET onward, for however long maintenance lasts.
A Fortnite Season 4 Trailer is likely to be shared, including details about the new theme and Battle Pass.
We’ve already found out that there is going to be a massive crossover event with Marvel Comics, so expect more news on that in the coming hours.
Other details, such as patch notes, could also be released after the new Fortnite update has made available to gamers.
The updates notes will list all the essential stuff about today’s changes, including if anything has been removed or vaulted.
Epic Games has also warned that this will be a big update, so expect chunky download after maintenance has been completed.
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