Fortnite Servers Down & Update v17.21 Today (July 27) - Downtime Schedule & Patch Notes

What will the latest Fortnite update bring to the island?

July 27, 2021

A brand new Fortnite update will be deployed today (July 27), with a small patch that will be required to download before players can drop back in. v17.21 of Fortnite is expected to bring even further content to the game, and possibly even some details about the heavily rumored Ariana Grande concert.

Various Fortnite leakers have revealed that there may be an Ariana Grande concert taking place in Fortnite very soon, similar to the previous Travis Scott and Marshmello concerts.

Reliable Fortnite leaker, iFireMonkey, believes that today’s (July 27) Fortnite update will add the necessary files for the upcoming concert. Hopefully, this means that more details should follow after the update goes live.


Until then, check out the server downtime schedule and everything else you need to know about the v17.21 Fortnite update, right here in this article.

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Fortnite v17.21 – Server Downtime Schedule

UPDATE: The Fortnite servers should now be back online!

Epic Games has revealed that Fortnite will be taken offline for a short period of time in order to prepare for the v17.21 update.

According to the Fortnite Status Twitter Account, services will be disabled beginning at the following times:

  • 12:30AM PT
  • 3:30AM ET
  • 8:30AM BST

Matchmaking is then expected to be completely disabled 30 minutes later. Although it has not been revealed how long server downtime will last today, it usually ranges anywhere between 1 and 2 hours.

We will update this article as soon as Fortnite is back online!

Fortnite v17.21 – Update & Patch Notes

The official patch notes have arrived, check them out below!

Found from IO Chests and normal ones, the Plasma Cannon has enough energy to fire five plasma balls. What’s the big deal about these? An electrical dome will surround them as they slowly move forward, and enemies who get caught in the dome will take heavy damage and be impulsed back. Vehicles are affected in the same way. Tip: if you find a way to keep enemies in the dome even when impulsed, they will take repeated damage.

How the Plasma Cannon affects buildings is a different story. Fearing Aliens may prove to be advanced architects, the IO made it so that the Plasma Cannon destroys structures just about instantly. The Plasma Cannon can be crafted in addition to being found. Because the IO used Alien technology to invent it, it can be crafted by combining a Legendary Pistol with an Alien Nanite.

With one Plasma Cannon, one plasma ball can be deployed at a time. (Technically two for a brief moment.) But if you have multiple Plasma Cannons and cycle through them, multiple plasma balls can be deployed at once.

What else is new in Fortnite Battle Royale in v17.21:


  • An unusual Alien ship is hovering over The Aftermath… The IO says “unusual” because its intent doesn’t seem to be for harm. It’s predicted its purpose will become clearer in the near future.


  • Please note that the Plasma Cannon is not present in competitive playlists.
  • The Inflate-A-Bull has been re-enabled in competitive playlists.
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