Fortnite servers are working again after a maintenance issues that saw the game experience delays, with players waiting for over twelve hours before they could play again.
The new update includes various bug fixes as well as updates to gameplay including the new health item – Chug Jug.
Last week, Fortnite had over three hours of downtime when it added its biggest update yet, which included new locations being added to the map for the first time since the game was launched.
Some players expressed their frustration at the extended wait time on Twitter, with the official Fortnite account apologising and providing frequent updates to followers.
Are the Fortnite servers working again?
Yes, the Fortnite servers are back up and running, meaning that players can once again join the battle royale mayhem.
The update, which normally takes around two hours, lasted for over twelve hours while the development team dealt with various issues.
Why did update take longer than usual?
Epic Games apologised to players on the Fortnite Twitter saying: ‘We’re sorry the update has gone longer than expected. We’re making some changes to the backend systems to handle growth.’
Most Fortnite updates usually last for just a couple of hours, with last week’s major patch taking around two hours to add to the game.
In a forum post explaining the delays, Epic Games said ‘During our downtime to upgrade to 2.3, we were performing recommended tasks to resolve a lingering database issue. Those tasks ended up causing the database to go into a bad state.’
‘We decided our best option was to restore from a backup at the moment we took the servers down for the patch.’
What is in the new Fortnite update?
One of the big additions that players will be keen to hear about is the new Chug Jug which could prove vital when you find yourself in a tough spot.
The item will give players maximum health and shields which makes it pretty powerful, but the only problem is it takes 15 seconds to use.
Speaking about the new addition, Epic Games said ‘Give yourself a fighting chance with the all-new Chug Jug! Find a safe place to Chug this Jug for 15 seconds and gain max Health + Shields.’
One of the other additions is the auto-run feature, which can be activated from a stand position by double clicking the left stick on consoles, or by pressing ‘=’ and ‘NumLock’ on PC.
Players will also now be able to disarm aim-controls if they prefer that setting during gameplay, and there is also improved accuracy for grenade arcs.
Epic Games has also made a significant change to game stats, meaning that players will only receive stats or challenge progress when they are eliminated or have won the game, not when they quit.
With the new map updates happening last week, Epic Games has also used this patch to add various bug fixes to the new locations, as well as adding more loot spawns to Haunted Hills.
Fortnite patch notes V.2.3.0
Input defaults for PC are “=” and “NumLock”
Input defaults for controller is double-clicking the left stick.
Added a setting to disable aim assist on consoles.
Remapped weapon binds on AZERTY keyboards to the top row number keys.
Shadowplay Highlights now records player knockdowns (DBNO).
Quitting a match early will no longer award stat or challenge progress. Progress will only be awarded when a player leaves after they are eliminated or have won.
Added Auto Decline Friend Requests as a new option for PC players to the Social Widget.
When enabled, friend requests will be auto-declined. Enabling this option will decline all pending friend requests.
Lowered volume of bus music and the sound played when jumping out of the bus.
Lowered volume of wind sounds played during skydiving and gliding.
Lowered the volume of gunfire, footsteps, and impacts during warmup phase.
Removed the “Caw” sound layer from the Death Valley pickaxe.
Removed some layers from the new pickaxe sounds that could be mistaken for bullet whiz-bys
Added more loot spawns to Haunted Hills.
For more details on the changes and to see all bug fixes visit the Epic Games website.