Fortnite Downtime: How long will Fortnite servers be offline for update 16.20?

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Epic Games has announced that it will shut down servers for a new Fortnite Season 6 update, complete with new content.

Today’s patch will be released simultaneously on PS4, Xbox, PC, Nintendo Switch and mobile.

This means that Fortnite servers will have to be taken offline to make way for the latest changes.

Fortnite will remain unplayable for an extended period of Epic maintenance, but it should be worth it.

The development team has confirmed that a new Bow will be released today, alongside 50-player matchmaking in Creative and new vehicle cosmetics.

The Unstable Bow was leaked earlier this year and could be the new Bow teased by Epic Games.

This is expected to come with some sort of glitch feature, yet to be announced in Fortnite.


The Fortnite server downtime is scheduled by Epic Games for 7am GMT on Tuesday, April 13.

For gamers in the United States, this means that same-day maintenance will start much earlier at 12:01 AM.

Servers come back online for everyone at the same time, so no one can wait.

Epic Games has not confirmed how long Fortnite’s downtime will last, but they have warned it will be longer than usual.

A message from Epic Games explains, “The road is what you make it. Update v16.20 is scheduled for release on April 13. The downtime starts approx. 02:00 ET (06:00 UTC).

Make your ride a breeze with new wheels. Bow and Arrow Improve those bow skills and focus on a special Duos Cup. Exploding 50-player matchmaking in Creative.

“Note: the downtime starts earlier than usual. This downtime will take longer than usual. The patch will be released for download a few hours after the downtime. “

The official Epic Games site suggests the longest servers may be down for five hours, which is longer than usual.

This would mean that Fortnite servers will not be available until noon Tuesday, April 13.

However, this is just a prediction, meaning things could be back much sooner if all goes well.

And today’s new Fortnite patch isn’t the only big change Epic Games is making to its hit battle royale game.

Gamers in Europe will soon be able to purchase V-Bucks cards from select retailers in the UK (Game), France (Micromania) and Germany (GameStop, Esso, Deutsche Post, Eni / Agip and Jet).

A message from Epic adds, “The cards will be coming to more retailers in these countries soon. The V-Bucks cards work wherever you can play Fortnite.

“After purchasing a V-Bucks card, visit to learn more and redeem your V-Bucks for use on any device.

“And if you’re playing Fortnite on a console device, first go to to redeem your card, then follow the instructions for your specific device.”

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