18 Aug 2021 8:11 AM +00:00

Fortnite's v17.40 Update here - Server Downtime is over!

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Fortnite's next major title update is here - with Server Downtime for v17.40 now complete - and we can't wait to jump into Epic Games' shooter and try out everything that has been changed. Here's what we're learning about a following the downtime...

LATEST - Patch Notes are now available

The Patch Notes for Fortnite Update 17.40 are now available following this mornings downtime. You can catch up on all the big changes to Battle Royale, Creative and Save the World in the below tweet.

Servers are live!

The Fortnite servers are online once again following the 17.40 Update. You can jump straight into the brand new Imposter mode or check out all of the new cosmetic content that has been added.

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Hotfix Changes Identified

At the moment, this is what we know about regarding the v17.40 Update...

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Agents of The Order are going to be appearing around The Bridge in the latest game mode - Trust Nobody.* This is a 4-10 player mode which bears a striking resemblance to Among Us' match format...

*We now know this is called Imposters.

Among Us Rumours Intensify

Despite the back and forth between the community, the idea that an Among Us collaboration could be coming is exciting. The files that were uncovered have been debunked by a few leakers but others have doubled down that the crossover is coming.

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We'll find out the truth come Tuesday, 17 August, when Fortnite Update 17.40 is live.

Fortnite Update 17.40 Release Date

Multiple Fortnite leakers confirmed the existence of update 17.40 as well as its positioning on the staging servers. This usually means the update is around one week out from launching. This would put the release date of the patch as Tuesday, 17 August.

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Tuesday is the usual update day for Fortnite and the downtime is expected to start at around 09:00 BST / 04:00 EST / 01:00 PST

Fortnite Update 17.40 Fixes

The Fortnite community Trello board is always the best place to go when looking for potential fixes in an upcoming update. With each passing update, items from the list will disappear but some have been around for a while and 17.40 could finally be their time for a fix.

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Fortnite Update Trello board
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The Fortnite Trello board is a good place to start when looking for fixes

A major one is the inability to open a cosmic chest if a member of your team leaves the match unexpectedly. A cosmic chest requires all members of the team to participate in the opening sequence and if someone is missing, the game does not recognise this and adjust. Instead, it's just impossible to open one.

One leaker, in particular, @XTigerHyperX, has pointed out that update 17.40 is approximately double the size of update 17.30. They also allude that the number of 'builds' is an indication of how many fixes are being implemented or tested.

As we close in on the end of the season, fixes and tests will start ramping up for the beginning of Season 8.