Fortnite downtime: how long are servers down for Fortnitemares update?

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Fortnite downtime starts today (Image: EPIC GAMES)

New Fortnite downtime is scheduled for today, which means servers will go offline for maintenance.

During this period, gamers will not be able to log in and play live matches, and they will also have problems buying things from the Item Shop.

The timing of today’s maintenance will be more of a nuisance in North America than in the UK, but there is a silver lining.

After this week’s server downtime, gamers can install a new patch that includes everything to enjoy Fortnitemares.

For those who may not have played it before, Fortnitemares is the official Epic Games Halloween event, which comes with spooky skins, modes, and activities.

We’ve already seen a lot of cosmetic packs arrive in the Item Shop, and there’s still plenty of time to add additional unlockable items and challenges to the game.

Here are a few things we know are coming to the game this month:


Fortnitemares 2021 has many new and returning Halloween Outfits in store. Something like what to expect? Throughout the month, cards will reveal legendary monsters making their way to the Fortnite Item Shop, as well as classic Fortnite characters getting new Halloween twists.

After falling into darkness, only the Driftwalker remains. Corruption takes over and the Graveyard Drift begins! Complete missions to earn V-Bucks with the Graveyard Drift Quest Pack. Includes the Driftwalker outfit (with alternate styles), a back bling, pickaxe and glider.


The Cubes mobilize for the next step of their plan. Later in the month, they will escalate their rule over the island. But take heart! Reinforce your determination with a new weapon from The Sideways and returning Halloween tricks. A special LTM will also return. During this Cubic chaos, there are also Quests to complete for uncanny rewards.

Epic Games has also revealed that they have other things planned for Fortnitemares that will be revealed by the team very soon.


Epic Games has confirmed that Fortnite servers will be down at 9:00 a.m. BST or 4:00 a.m. EDT if you live in North America.

During this time, the game will not be available to play and Epic Games has warned that the server outage will begin at 8:30 a.m. BST.

This means you can be booted from any live game and leave without your added stats.

A message from Epic Games adds: “Are you ready? The next phase of Fortnitemares is almost here!

“The v18.21 update is scheduled for release on October 19. The downtime starts at approximately 1pm. 04:00 AM ET, with matchmaking turned off approx. 30 minutes earlier.”

A message from Epic Games suggests that the maximum downtime could be four hours, but it is highly unlikely that the team will need this amount to carry out the maintenance.

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