UPDATE: A new rumour suggests Fortnite server downtime will end at 3pm GMT on Sunday, December 5.
That’s according to PlayStation Support, which claims the game will be back online on Sunday afternoon.
“RUMOR: According to this image, the PlayStation support said the new season launches at 10am ET on December 5!” reads a Shiina tweet.
“That would be in around 16 hours..? Seems unlikely, but possible!”
ORIGINAL: Fortnite Chapter 3 is about to begin, but only after a period of extended server downtime.
Fortnite’s epic end of season event ‘The End’ featured an appearance by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
The season ended with the island flipping upside down to reveal a brand new map. Unfortunately, the appearance of a huge tidal wave means players will have to wait a little longer for the season to begin.
To get things ready for the start of Chapter 3, Epic has taken the game offline for server maintenance.
There’s no official downtime schedule, although previous reports suggest the game will remain offline until at least December 6.
Other reports suggest Fortnite will be back online at 9am GMT on December 7. Express Online will update this story with all the latest developments.
In the meantime, anybody trying to connect will be greeted by the Fortnite loading screen and a message confirming that the game is connecting.
If you do manage to log back in, you’ll see a distant character floating in the sea, alongside the occasional floating box.
The new update should be available to download ahead of Chapter 3, so expect more leaks to appear then.
As for the end of season event, things played out like they did in the trailer.
It all started with players fighting big caretaker monsters and cube monsters, before a cutscene featuring The Rock and Prison Jones.
After blowing up the base and washing up in the water, players saw the island flip over as the Cube Queen was destroyed.
After a brief glimpse of the new map, the tidal wave wiped players out. The camera would then zoom out, which is when downtime began.
Needless to say, streamers will be broadcasting the entire thing. It’s similar to the Black Hole event, when the game was offline for days.
Based on previous leaks, the new season will introduce Spider-Man as a playable character.
It’s also possible that Prison Jones and The Foundation will be featured in the Battle Pass.
Other reports suggest Epic Games will add saddles to the game, which will let you ride animals.
Neo from The Matrix and Boba Fett from Star Wars are both tipped to appear in the Item Shop, alongside a new Battle Pass with fresh rewards.
That’s on top of a redesigned HUD and menu screens, as well as a whole host of in-game challenges.