Fortnite downtime: Epic Games Fortnite servers shutting down for Season 3 release time

Fortnite downtime: Epic Games Fortnite servers shutting down for Season 3 release time

The next Fortnite update is scheduled for release on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch and Mobile on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. And this one will be special, as it will include everything needed to successfully launch Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 across all platforms. Fans have been waiting a long time for all the new map changes and fresh skins, and from what has been shared so far, it won’t be long until they can start downloading stuff. Epic Games has also confirmed they will be shutting down servers, meaning the game will be unplayable for some time.

And the only downside to such a massive Fortnite update is that servers will likely be down longer than usual.

Epic Games has already warned that today’s patch will be bigger than normal, an early sign that a lengthy maintenance period will be needed.

This will be the patch that launches Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3, meaning there should be big news shared during maintenance.

This usually means a new trailer to watch, a new Battle Pass to check out and sometimes patch notes to fill you in on all the other big changes.

While we don’t have any of the information to hand yet, we do know what time Fortnite Season 3 downtime will be starting.

We have also been given a rough guide on how long servers will be down for across all platforms on June 17.


According to Epic Games, Fortnite servers are scheduled to go offline on Wednesday, June 17, 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, there is a chance things could take longer.

Recent updates have only taken around an hour or two to deploy but this week’s patch is launching Season 3, meaning there could be more moving parts.

Epic Games has confirmed that Fortnite server downtime and maintenance will begin at 7am, GMT.

This means that Fortnite will be unavailable in the United States from 2am ET onward, for however long maintenance lasts.

Epic Games will share an update on Twitter when Fortnite servers are going offline, and another will be posted for when they are back online. There will also be other stuff, including a new trailer and Battle Pass update for those wanting to see what’s coming next.

The latest news from Epic Games explains: “We think the Storm may be up to something… Get ready for Chapter 2 – Season 3. Downtime begins at 2 AM ET (06:00 UTC)!

“Note: With the launch of the new Season, patch sizes will be larger than normal.”


New teasers have started to be sent out by Epic Games and includes a Trident, which suggests that the Fortnite Season 3 Battle Pass will be water-themed.

That shouldn’t prove so surprising as we already have large amounts of water flooding the map this week.

Some teaser messages have also been shared, with the latest adding: “While space may seem like a great escape to avoid getting drenched, No Sweat reminds you that it lies outside of our coverage area. Stick with us on the Island.

“Yes, there’s a towering wall of water there, and yes, you probably want to know if we cover water damage and boat rentals, and yes, we thank you for your interest in No Sweat.”

Recent hints suggest that Aquaman might be part of the new Fortnite Battle Pass, but fans will want to wait for the new trailers to find out for sure.

Published at Tue, 16 Jun 2020 21:05:00 +0000