Epic Games have shut down Fortnite servers for emergency maintenance
Epic Games have shut down Fortnite servers for emergency maintenance. The developer announced the servers will be shut down for maintenance on Thursday, with the most recent update stating they’re working on the ‘database upgrade process’. It’s unknown when the servers will be back online, but you can keep up to date with updates from the developer here.
We’re bringing the servers offline for emergency maintenance. We apologize for this inconvenience. We currently have no ETA on when servers will be back up. Stay updated with our status page here: https://t.co/3y0X6buriO
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) 12 April 2018
The scheduled downtime was initially taken to ‘deploy major upgrades’ to the database system, and has been down now for over six hours at time of writing.
It could be badly timed considering Cliff Bleszinski and Boss Key recently released fellow free-to-play battle royale title Radical Heights, which looks highly reminiscent of Fortnite’s vibrant visual style with an added 80s tinge.
The battle royale genre has become huge after PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, with the latter being boosted by celebrity matches involving Drake and Twitch streamer Ninja.
The downtime follows the announcement of upcoming updates to the title, which include a Port-a-Fort item and 50vs50 game modes.