'Fortnite' Servers Down As Battle Royale Game Prepares for v18.10 Update

The Fortnite servers are currently experiencing a period of scheduled downtime, while the next update for Season 8 is rolled out.

Fortnite Season 8 (aka "Cubed") began just a little over two weeks ago and introduced a customizable Toona Fish character, a brand new battle pass, a revised punchcard system and a horde of monsters that inhabit interdimensional anomalies scattered around the map.

The first major update for the season, v18.10, is launching today but details are a little sketchy on what it might entail. According to reliable data miners, we might be getting some kind of collaboration between Epic Games and Hasbro's Monopoly brand. If these leaks turn out to be accurate, then pieces from that boardgame (like the top hat and the race car) will be transformed into cosmetic back-bling options for your avatar.

Fortnite x Monopoly Cosmetics!?

I have no idea if it's a collab but it looks like it, they just got decrypted! pic.twitter.com/qn9k20ORlY

— HYPEX (@HYPEX) September 24, 2021

The arrival of an additional Point of Interest (POI) on the island is also being forecast for v18.10, alongside new weapons and a long-awaited buff to the amount of XP you earn in online matches. That last part will address a source of contention that has loomed over the initial weeks of Fortnite Season 8, as fans have noticed that they are not levelling up through the battle pass as fast as they used to.

Regardless of what changes v18.10 is bringing to Fortnite Season 8, a period of server downtime is required to implement them. This is why you are currently unable to play the battle royale or even boot up its home screen (it will just says "Servers Not Responding" if you try).

The downtime began at 4 a.m. ET on Tuesday, September 28, although matchmaking was actually disabled 30 minutes prior to this, in order to ensure that no one was kicked out midway through a game.

In terms of how long this downtime will last, there has been no official word on the subject yet, but these updates usually take somewhere between 2 and 4 hours to roll out.

According to the Fortnite Status Twitter account – which provides timely bulletins on these things – v18.10 is a larger patch size than normal (specifically on Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X and Nintendo Switch), so it could be closer to the 4-hour mark.

Once the servers are back online, you will need to download an update file on whichever system you use for playing Fortnite. Around this time, the official patch notes will also be uploaded to the Epic Games website, offering greater clarity on what the update has actually brought to the table.

In related Fortnite Season 8 news, we have prepared a guide explaining where you can find IO guards around the island, so that you can more easily complete your punchcard quests.

Fortntie Cubed Keyart
Image shows the battle pass keyart for "Fortnite" Season 8. Epic Games