We’re just hours away from one of the first major Fortnite updates of Season 3 being released across PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mobile and PC.
A new patch is launching today, June 30, that’s set to add “new flare” to the game, which sounds like a fresh piece of arsenal to try out on the map.
Epic Games has also confirmed they will be shutting down servers, meaning the game will be unplayable for a short period.
As mentioned above, this will be one of the first major updates since Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 began earlier this month.
For now, the map remains flooded in many areas, making for one of the biggest shake-ups since it replaced the old one.
Data miners believe that further changes are coming, with hints founds in the game files suggesting that water levels will eventually fall.
This would make for a neat way to show off new locations, however, it remains just a rumour for now.
If this does start happening, the first drop in water levels could happen today, following the release of Fortnite update 13.20.
The start of a new Season usually heralds some big changes, be it through new ways to travel across the map, or POI to explore.
A message from the beginning of Season 3 adds: “The Island has flooded, there are new areas to explore, Marauders to take on and… sharks to ride?
“Survive more than just the Storm. Adapt to the new flooded way of life on the Island.
“Watch your back! Defend yourself from new Marauders as they crash down onto the island and challenge your survival.”
So it will be interesting to see what has been planned for Fortnite Season 3.
The only downside with today’s update is that it means the game servers will be unavailable for several hours.
The good news is that we know what time Fortnite downtime will be starting, and they have also given a rough outline for how long it might last.
WHEN ARE FORTNITE SERVERS GOING DOWN?
According to Epic Games, Fortnite servers are scheduled to go offline on Tuesday, June 30, 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, it’s more likely that everything will be completed much sooner.
Recent updates have only taken around an hour or two to deploy but it will all depend on how many fixes are included.
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.
An update will be shared on Twitter when Fortnite servers are going offline, and another will be posted for when they are back online.
The latest message from the team confirms that they are closing down servers this morning, with new content a good possibility.