Epic Games has confirmed that Fortnite servers are going offline tonight for maintenance across PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch and Mobile.
This will mean that gamers won’t be able to log in and play until Fortnite downtime has finished.
That’s the bad news, with the good news being that this will lead to the release of a new Fortnite Halloween update.
Fortnitemares has been a part of the game since the free Battle Royale experience was released, so fans can expect the return of some interesting skins.
Epic Games hasn’t said much regarding their plans in 2020, only revealing that today’s Fortnite update will be Halloween-themed.
Based on previous leaks, Zombie Husks will return to the Battle Royale map, alongside Broomsticks, consumable Candy, and a whole host of Halloween-themed skins.
Other leaks suggest Midas will make a return to the Fortnite map, along with some ghostly henchmen.
Midas and his ghostly henchmen will reportedly be located in The Authority. No doubt there will be some kind of challenge associated with his appearance.
From what has been shared so far, today’s Fortnite downtime will start at 9am BST, or 4am ET if you live in the United States.
This is scheduled to kick off Tuesday, October 21, 2020, with plenty of news expected to be shared after the update has been released.
During maintenance, the game’s servers will not be accessible and could stay like that for several hours.
The good news is that Epic Games rarely has to perform maintenance that lasts longer than one hour these days, so things could be back online quickly.
The official Epic Games server site does warn that today’s Fortnite downtime could last up to three hours.
A message from Epic Games on Twitter confirms: “v14.40 arises tomorrow, October 21. Downtime starts at approx. 04:00 AM ET (08:00 UTC).”
Another message from the development also warns that today’s Fortnite update will be on the large size on some platforms.
This should improve things for gamers overall, reducing the size of future patches released by Epic Games.
The message adds: “Please note the patch size will be larger than normal on PC (approx. 27 GB).
“This is to make optimizations on PC resulting in a massively reduced Fortnite file size (over 60 GB smaller), smaller downloads for future patches, and improved loading performance.”
Today is also the last day you can submit your designs for the Fortnite Fright Event, with the closing date set for October 21, 2020.
“Halloween is almost here, and #SpookySzn has begun, which means the beloved and feared #FortniteFright event is back!
“We want to see your greatest, ghoulish creations this month. Submit and share a Halloween-themed hub, game, or artist piece for a chance to be featured on Creative’s “Most Haunted List.” Please note that this creator callout will be running at the same time as the Princess Castle Creative Contest, but it is separate from it.
“Submissions must be original work, so maps inspired by popular movies, video games, or other entertainment IPs won’t be accepted.
“All in-game content should be submitted to the official form for consideration by October 21. Select the genre picklist option “Seasonal Event” for your Island to be considered, and don’t forget to set up a camera in your map, so players have a preview before jumping in-game.”