UPDATE: As confirmed earlier today by Epic Games, Fortnite servers will be shutting down for scheduled maintenance at around 9am GMT, or 4am ET, if you live in the United States.
The latest news on the subject has been posted to the official Fortnite Twitter and adds: “A new update takes over. v14.20 is scheduled for tomorrow, September 23. Downtime will begin at 4 AM ET (08:00 UTC).”
ORIGINAL: The next big Fortnite update is arriving today and will be downloadable across all major platforms, including PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.
The only downside is that gamers will not be able to play the popular Battle Royale game while Fortnite servers are down for maintenance.
While much of this week’s patch content remains a mystery, we do know that there are plenty of things being planned.
We know that a crossover event is being launched that will include both Fortnite Battle Royale and Rocket League.
The Llama-Rama kicks off on September 26 following the Party Royale’s upcoming Spotlight Series concert featuring Rocket League fan-favorite, DJ Slushii.
A message from Epic Games confirms: “Start your engines, collect some boost, and earn rewards! Rocket League players will get Fortnite-themed items as they complete Llama-Rama Challenges in Rocket League.
“Additionally, Fortnite players will receive Rocket League-themed items in Fortnite as part of the same Challenges.
“Going supersonic is a blast when you’re earning rewards. After completing Llama-Rama Challenges, players can view the Rocket League Event Challenge Page to redeem Rocket League rewards for completed Challenges.
“On the Fortnite side of things, players will receive Challenge rewards after logging into Fortnite after each Challenge is completed in Rocket League. You do not need to claim rewards in Fortnite to get your Fortnite items.
In terms of patch notes, the new update will undoubtedly introduce new Marvel points of interest to the map. The previous patch added Stark Industries, so expect something similar with update 14.20.
The recent appearance of Gatherer drones could also coincide with the appearance of Marvel villain Galactus.
According to Epic Games, Fortnite servers are scheduled to go offline on Wednesday, September 23, on PS4, Xbox, PC, Switch and Mobile.
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.
This means that Fortnite will be unavailable in the United States from 4am ET onward, for however long maintenance lasts.
Epic Games will tell fans when the update is available to download by posting a new message on Twitter.
This could also mean the first news on what other changes have made, via new patch notes being shared by Epic Games.
Early patch notes shared by Epic confirm that there are a lot of bug fixes being worked on, including:
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