UPDATE: Epic Games has confirmed that Fortnite servers are no longer running for maintenance and will return online when the 15.10 update is complete.
It should be noted that today’s outage could last up to three hours; however, there is a good chance that servers will return to the Internet sooner.
“A outage for v15.10 has begun. We will inform you all when the outages end and the services return. “
ORIGINAL: A new update of Fortnite Season 5 is released today, with Epic Games preparing to disconnect servers.
The good news is that gamers can look forward to a whole new Season 5 content actively later today via PS4, Xbox One, PC, mobile phone, new computers and Nintendo Switch.
The only downside to this plan is that Fortnite servers will be down for a short period of time, which means players will have to wait until Epic Games is ready.
The development team also warned that update 15.10 will be bigger on some platforms.
This is because Epic Games is releasing a new feature on a computer, which means the game size will have to grow.
A message from Epic Games explains: “Beginning December 15, we are launching a new course of action on all computers that meet Fortnite’s minimum specifications.
“Available in Alpha, Performance Mode will be selectable via the in-game configuration menu and offers significant performance gains through an exchange of visual quality to decrease memory usage and alleviate CPU and GPU load.
“For players already with low scalable settings or less powerful hardware, this mode will allow the game to run better than ever before and maintain a smoother frame rate.”
HOW LONG DOES FORTNITE SERVERS LOW DOWN FOR SEASON 5?
Developers Epic Games have confirmed that Fortnite servers will drop today at 9am GMT on Tuesday, December 15th, 2020.
The good news is that this will be a unified launch, which means no compatible platforms will be left behind. As with the previous months, Fortnite is no longer playable on iOS devices, which means you won’t be able to upgrade to season 5 today.
According to Epic Games, Fortnite servers will be inactive for up to three hours, however it should be noted that the game could be online before this time. This is a rough estimate given by Epic Games, suggesting how long things could last.
The Fortnite Performance Mode is also part of today’s update, with Epic Games revealing:
“Efficiency mode is possible by decreasing video game in-game to increase frame rate and is a great way for users to enter and experience the game as long as they meet the Fortnite system requirements.
“Along with the ability to uninstall high-resolution textures, players can now get in faster than ever before and still enjoy the game at will.
“Efficiency Mode is selectable for most users and will launch with support only for Battle Royale and Creative mode. Users running older hardware will see an incentive to push them to mode to try it as the recommended way to experience the game. Efficiency Mode can be enabled or disabled at any time via the in-game settings menu and restart the game. “