Fortnite update time: Downtime latest, early patch notes and Prisoner skin news | Gaming | Entertainment


Fans are waiting to find out the Fortnite update time for patch 7.40.

So far nothing has been confirmed when it comes to a schedule for its release, which is a bit unusual.

Epic Games usually provide an answer on when servers will be going down and if server maintenance is taking place.

However, no such message has been posted by Epic Games on any of its social media feeds.

If Fortnite update 7.40 does arrive today, you can probably expect some kind of server downtime.

While content updates don’t usually require scheduled maintenance, Epic Games are making significant changes today.

These are listed in the early patch notes which were shared this week, without any mention of a downtime schedule.

Here’s a quick rundown of everything announced for Fortnite update 7.40 so far:

  • Planes will no longer be able to smash through structures.
  • Zipline interact prompt added, and using a Zipline will grant fall damage immunity.
  • Hand Cannon structure damage reduced from 150 to 100.
  • Turbo Build delay decreased from 0.15s to 0.05s.
  • Rocket Launcher reload time increased from 2.52s to 3.24s.
  • Added the ability to crouch while in Edit Mode.
  • Stay tuned for the full patch notes when the update releases.

A new in-game news post also confirmed that the next patch would introduce a brand new Infantry Rifle. The new weapon is said to have a classic design, but with a new combat style.

There’s also rumours of the Driftboard making an appearance, although this would likely have appeared on the in-game news screen.

Epic Games has also announced that the Cupid Crossbow is being released from the vaults and will be available for a limited amount of time.


When it comes to the timing of the new Fortnite update, Epic Games has yet to say.

As mentioned above, it’s expected to land later today and would probably be timed for late morning in the UK.

There is a chance that because Epic Games has yet to share their schedule, the new update will not appear until later this week.

Some kind of news is expected from Epic Games on the subject today.

The dev team has already provided a rundown of events kicking off this week as part of the new update.

One of the biggest will be the new overtime challenges that will be going live following the patch.

“Starting with the v7.40 release, all players will have access to new, additional Overtime Challenges,” a post from Epic Games confirms.

“Complete these Challenges by the end of the Season to unlock 5 new rewards including the Valentine Wrap and Vines Contrail.

“And for Battle Pass owners, the Overtime Challenge rewards will include new unlockable styles for the Trog, Powder, and Onesie outfits.”

This will be followed by other celebrations, including a Double XP weekend before the end of Season 7.

“We’re celebrating the brilliance of our community creators with a rotating set of featured islands, appearing in Fortnite Creative… Every. Single. Day.

“The Featured Island Frenzy will start of February 12 and ends on February 22. Show your support by jumping into Creative each day and playing with friends.”

Another big event will be the release of the new Fortnite Prisoner skin, which has slowly been evolving since its release.

Stage 4 is expected to be unlocked for fans later this week, with Thursday, February 14 expected to be the final date.

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