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Why is Fortnite down and when will will see the map update go live?
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Fans have been anxiously awaiting the map update for Fornite Battle Royale, and Epic Games have now confirmed that it will take place today.

It will be one of the biggest updates since the game launched last year and it will include new areas being added to the map.

There will be five new places to explore for loot including the new city Tilted Towers, as well as Junk Junction and Shifty Shafts.

Alongside the changes to the map, there will also be improvements to scoped AR and voice chat, as well as various bug fixes to improve the quality of gameplay.

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Why is Fortnite down and when will it be back up?

Epic Games revealed that the Fortnite servers will be down from 12:00 GMT while they carry out the latest update, which include major changes to the Battle Royale map.

They haven’t given an estimate for when the servers will be back up, but they are likely to be down for around three hours because of the size of the update.

Downtime for V.2.2.0 will begin at approximately 7:00am ET (12:00 GMT) on Jan 18. Servers will be unavailable while updating. In the meantime glide over to the patch notes to see what’s coming: https://t.co/LbxTaiO4ha

— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) January 17, 2018

What will be in the new Fortnite update?

As well as the usual bug fixes and small tweaks, the newest update is set to be one of the biggest yet.

Epic Games has confirmed that there will be new map additions for the first time since the game was launched last year.

It has been confirmed that it will include a number of new points of interest, with a lot of focus going onto the west side of the map.

This includes a city being introduced, as well as new named areas and more emphasis on ‘biomes’ such as the swamp and mountains.

Why is Fortnite down and when will will see the map update go live?
How the new Fortnite map will look (Epic Games)

Players can also expect a new underground mine that will encourage close combat shotgun battles.

Epic Games has continued to add new content every week with a continually growing number of players joining the free-to-play game.

Recent additions to the game have included new weapons, smoke grenades and a healing campfire.

You can view the full patch notes for the latest update on the Epic Games website.

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