A new Fortnite update goes live later today from developers Epic Games.
Patch 6.31 is the latest build of the game and will include some interesting new gear.
It has been confirmed that the new Fortnite update will be available to download after scheduled maintenance on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mobile and Nintendo Switch.
Fortnite servers will go offline at around 10am in the UK and will likely remain down for several hours.
Epic Games usually start kicking players around 20 minutes before scheduled maintenance begins, so expect disruption from 9:40am today.
“Pump up your squad for the Legendary v6.31 update,” a message from Epic Games confirms.
“Downtime begins Tuesday, November 27 at 5 AM ET (1000 UTC).”
As mentioned above, today’s Fortnite update will go live on servers after maintenance has been completed.
That means Fortnite might be back up and running by the early afternoon, as long as everything goes smoothly.
The days of Fortnite server delays seem to be behind us, so it’s unlikely that further disruption will occur after downtime is complete.
When downtime beings, the first official patch notes will be shared by Epic Games for all platforms.
This is set to include a rundown of all the latest tweaks and changes made to the game, one of which could make a lot of difference on the island.
In an early patch notes tease, Epic Games has confirmed that Epic and Legendary variants of the Pump Shotgun will be part of patch 6.31.
The description of the inbound new Fortnite item says: “Epic and Legendary variants of the Pump Shotgun!”
Eric Williamson, design lead for Fortnite Battle Royale, previously revealed the shotgun changes on Twitter.
Last week he tweeted: “The upcoming 6.31 update will include a Pump Shotgun rebalance to improve effectiveness: damage will increase in close quarters and range will be reduced slightly.
“Additionally, ALL shotguns will have a minimum damage of 3 pellets (even if only 1 or 2 hit).”
From what has been shared so far by Epic Games, the new weapons will be capable of inflicting high damage but at a low rate of fire.
The recently added mounted turrets are also set to be nerfed in the latest Fortnite update.
Epic Games explains the reasons behind the changes in a recent post, telling fans: “We were a bit too generous with the collision volume on the Mounted Turret.
“This can make it difficult to land shots against players occupying the Turret. We will be adjusting this in a future update to lower the collision volume, making it a bit easier to land shots at all angles.”
There is also a new launcher beta being tested out by Epic Games, which is another area of the game that may see tweaks.
“We recently released a beta for our new Epic Games Launcher, and we’d love your feedback. During this beta period, we’ll be continually improving and tweaking new things so check back often and let us know what you think on our social channels.
“You can opt-in at any time by going into the Launcher settings and selecting “Update to Beta”. If you want to go back to the old launcher, then you can do so by going to the settings and choosing “Disable Beta”.”
Today’s Fornite update could also contain other new surprises, so it will be worth fans checking out the most recent news shared by Epic Games on their social platforms.