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Fortnite Servers Down and Update v18.20 Patch Notes Today (October 12)

v18.20 will be deployed later today!

By Kyle Knight

October 12, 2021

Version 18.20 is set to arrive in Fortnite later today (October 12) as the brand new update will be deployed for all supported platforms.

There’s plenty to look forward to for v18.20, but the October 12 Fortnite update is set to come with some short server downtime before players are able to jump into the latest version.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new Fortnite update, including the server downtime schedule and official patch notes.

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When Will Fortnite Servers Be Back Up?

UPDATE: The Fortnite servers are now back online and v18.20 is officially live!

ORIGINAL STORY: According to the official Fortnite Status Twitter account, the game’s servers will be taken offline at 1AM PT / 4AM ET / 9AM BST. This is to perform some scheduled maintenance and prepare for the release of v18.20, which will be available for download on PlayStation, Xbox, PC, Nintendo Switch, and Android devices.

Although an exact time wasn’t given as to when Fortnite servers will be back online, based on previous updates fans can likely expect downtime to last between 1 and 2 hours.

Once downtime comes to an end, we will update this article.

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Fortnite v18.20 Patch Notes

Below you will find the official patch notes for the October 12 Fortnite update, which now brings the game to version 18.20.

COMBAT ASSAULT RIFLE VS. COMBAT SMG

R&D for two original weapons is happening as part of the war effort: the Combat Assault Rifle and Combat SMG. Like the previous war effort round, donate Bars at Donation Boards to help your favorite choice reach 100% Funded first and be the one that becomes available on the Island!

What’s different about the “Combat” class of weapons? Sporting a tight bullet spread and exceptional power, the Combat variants of the Assault Rifle and SMG are quite a force in an expert’s hands. Just watch out for the kickback! Both the Combat Assault Rifle and Combat SMG have a strong recoil that you must tame to get the most out of them.

XP AND QUEST CHANGES

In case you missed it, we’ve recently updated repeatable Shared Quests to reward more XP. Here’s a comparison:

Shared Quest XP

Rarityv18.10v18.20
Common5002,500
Uncommon5252,650
Rare5502,750
Epic5752,900
Legendary7503,750

Also, we’ll be adding a variety of additional Quests to the Daily and Weekly Punchcard in our next game update.

(With the global war effort in full swing again, J.B. Chimpanski’s Questline has been re-enabled as well.)

ROLE BIAS AND VOICE CHAT ADDED TO IMPOSTORS

v18.20 brings improvements to Impostors, the game mode inspired by Among Us from Innersloth!

Focus on completing your assignments or polish up your sabotage skills with the new Role Bias feature. You’re now able to select if you prefer to be an Impostor or Agent. Based on your choice, you’ll be more likely to be selected as that role when playing Public and Private matches, although your preferred role is not guaranteed.

Also, we’ve added an Impostors playlist with open Voice Chat! Communication will be split between players who are and aren’t eliminated, while mixing both the diligent Agents and wily Impostors together. Convince the group to vote out Mancake because he was definitely faking Assignments and you were nowherenear Doggo’s fragment. Those who prefer no voice communication can select an Impostors playlist with only Quick Chat enabled.

LIKE YOUR SQUAD? STAY WITH YOUR SQUAD

Keep a good thing going! Starting now in the NA-East server region, you can select Stay with Squad with your “Fill” team and play another match together. This feature is enabled only for Duos, Trios, and Squads modes.

“Stay with Squad” will be rolling out globally at a later date.

RETURN REQUESTS 

Return Requests in Fortnite will now refresh over time. Read our new Return Requests blog post for more details. 

MAJOR BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue involving players not being able to use a Fishing Rod while in the passenger seat of a Motorboat or in the back of an OG Bear truck.
  • Fixed an issue involving Battle Pass page unlock progress not always tracking correctly.
  • Fixed an issue involving Nintendo Switch players not being heard in voice chat by players on other consoles.
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Kyle Knight
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Kyle is a Film and TV graduate from Coventry. He's a PC enthusiast with a not so enthusiastic PC and is all about triple-A titles!

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