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Fortnite Downtime: Epic Games Fortnite servers shutting down for update 12.50 release

Fortnite downtime means servers shutting down (Image: EPIC GAMES)

A new Fortnite update is being released today, and Epic Games has confirmed that servers will be shutting down for it. There’s been plenty of weekly patches during Season 2, and update 12.50 looks set to include new content. This will be the first big Fortnite release since the Astronomical event, which was watched by over 25 million viewers.

Epic Games is keeping things quiet when it comes to what is being planned for this patch, although there have been a few leaks this month.

This includes references to new weapons and skins, along with a new LTM that has yet to be launched.

New Dual-Wield Pistols have been found by data miners, as has an Infected mode that has yet to arrive.

Infected will reportedly be a zombies mode that also includes a PvP gameplay which will pit players against infected players.

However, while things have been found, that doesn’t mean they will be released after today’s Fortnite downtime.

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The downside to today’s update is that it means the game servers will be unavailable for several hours as the development team performs maintenance.

But the good news is that Epic Games has confirmed what time Fortnite downtime will be starting today, and given a rough outline for how long it might last.


According to Epic Games, Fortnite servers are scheduled to go offline on April 29, on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC 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 big today’s update is and how many changes it is making.

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

Gamers in the United States will be unplayable to play Fortnite Battle Royale from 2am ET onward.

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Something else that should be noted is the small hint shared by Epic Games this week.

Making reference to The Agency, Epic Games could be hinting at a few different things, including a map change or new challenges.

The message from Epic Games reads: “A new game update is dispatched from The Agency.

“v12.50 arrives Wednesday, April 29. Downtime will begin at 2 AM ET (0600 UTC).”

Epic Games has also released a new Fortnite Spray Content which will run throughout most of the remainder of Season 2.

“Unleash the artist inside you! Participate in our #FortniteSprayContest for a chance to have your art immortalized in Fortnite,” a message from Epic Games explains.

“How’s that work, you ask? Use your imagination to draw and create a spray inspired by Chapter 2 – Season 2’s Shadow and Ghost factions. Using the hashtag #FortniteSprayContest, share your submission on Twitter or Instagram.

“The contest begins April 27 at 10:00 AM ET and will run until May 3 at 09:59 AM ET. All entries must be submitted during the contest period.”

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