Fortnite Downtime: Epic Games confirm Fortnite servers shutting down for update

Fortnite Downtime: Epic Games confirm Fortnite servers shutting down for update

Fortnite update 12.21 is launching on March 24 and that means new downtime commencing on servers. The good news is that we know what is being worked on and how long Fortnite downtime will last this week. The downside is that Epic Games has stopped sharing patch notes, meaning we won’t know about everything that has changed following the release of the new update.


According to Epic Games, Fortnite servers will be going down on March 24, on all major platforms.

This means that Battle Royale mode will not be accessible for however long Epic Games keeps servers offline.

The Fortnite dev team has stated on the official server status site that the March 24 downtime could last up to three hours.

However, it’s more likely that everything will be back online much sooner for PS4, Xbox, Switch, Mobile and PC gamers.

Timing-wise, Epic Games has confirmed that Fortnite server downtime and maintenance will begin at 6am, GMT.

For gamers in the United States, this will mean servers going offline at 2am ET, which could mean more disruption than usual.

A message from Epic Games adds: “Hey, all! v12.21 is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24. Downtime begins at 2 AM ET (0600 UTC).”

When it comes to changes, fans are expecting plenty of new bugfixes following the release of the new Choppa vehicle.

This was added to the game last week and allows Fortnite fans to get to the Choppa with up to four squadmates.

“Get in and fly out. Grab up to 4 other squadmates and take on the enemy teams with this new vehicle.”

While not confirmed via the official patch notes, Epic also destroyed the oil rig in the first of this season’s major map changes.

It’s unclear if there will be more changes made to the Fortnite map through this week’s Fortnite update.

When it comes to bug, Epic Games has provided some guidance on what could be changed next in-game.

Things confirmed as being fixed in future updates include:

  • In a Spy Games mode, players may get stuck on the “Select Tech” screen.
  • Players’ style selection for certain Locker items may not save.
  • The Harpoon Gun does not successfully catch loot on a consistent basis.
  • Players may be unable to pick up items using Auto Pick Up.

Published at Mon, 23 Mar 2020 22:56:00 +0000