Is Fortnite down? Chapter 4 Season 2 UK update server status, when will game be live, downtime end time, why is it down

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Fortnite servers are down and players are facing login issues again

The servers of popular online multiplayer game Fortnite appear to have gone down again for users across the world, soon after it had come back online last week. On 10 March, the game was innaccesible for its millions of global fans for a few hours , however, the downtime wasn’t a random glitch, and actually reflected scheduled maintenance ahead of the game’s next big update.

Users complained that the server had gone down for around five hours, leaving gamers frustrated. Fortnite’s servers are regularly taken offline around the time of the Battle Royale’s new ‘Season’ updates, which bring new features and content to the game to keep it fresh for players, six years after its original release.

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The server downtime allows developers Epic Games to make behind-the-scenes changes, without impacting anybody’s online matches. Here is everything you need to know.

When will Fortnite be back online?

Epic Games has not made a public announcement about when the servers for Fortnite would be back online. On Friday 10 March, the game was playable again at around 12pm - 3pm GMT. According to Twitter account Server Status, players are currently facing login and disconnection issues on PS4, PS5, PC and Xbox.

While PlayStation Network claimed that their servers were functioning, Xbox said it was resolving an issue that was disrupting the launch of games, and hoped it would be done by today (20 March) at 10:03am GMT.

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One thing to bear in mind is that although servers are back online, you may still find yourself having to wait to get back into the game. With hundreds of thousands of players flooding back to the game worldwide in the wake of the new content update, Fortnite’s servers can find themselves under intense strain in the first few hours following a new Season’s launch.

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Most recent new Fortnite Seasons included a queuing system to allow Epic Games to bring in players at a steady yet reasonable rate and avoid server saturation.

What will be included in Chapter 4 Season 2?

As to what we can expect when Fortnite is back online again, a number of interesting rumours have got players excited to check out the game. Although nothing has been officially revealed by Epic Games as yet, there are a few items and features that have been teased as potentially appearing in Chapter 4 Season 2 by credible sources, like dataminers who have been on the money in prior seasons.

Dataminers pour through the game’s code in an effort to spot hints and signs of content updates Epic Games are working on, and which may be implemented at some point in a future version of Fortnite.

One of the biggest potential new additions to the game is the inclusion of a dedicated first-person mode. Up until this point, Fortnite has been played exclusively from a third-person perspective, with the game’s camera hovering over the player-character’s shoulder.

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It’s also been rumoured that the upcoming Fortnite season’s map may have a futuristic or neo-Tokyo feel, which would be a stark contrast to the present game’s forts, turrets and extensive vegetation. On top of that, it’s been mooted that we’ll see the appearance of rideable “Futuristic Motorbikes”, as well as tubes that can be used as slides to quickly move from one area of the map to another.

With the introduction of Season 2, it’s rumoured that Eren Yeager from well-known anime Attack on Titan will be the Hidden Skin in the Chapter 4 Season 2 Battle Pass. In addition to the skin, there are rumours that a new Legendary Weapon based on Yeager’s Waist Grappler will also be available.

Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield of Resident Evil game are also anticipated to appear in Fortnite’s item store as part of Season 2. This potential crossover makes a lot of sense with the Resident Evil 4 remake scheduled to release at the end of March.

For our full round-up of Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 rumours and leaks, click here

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