Patch Notes and Servers Down For Fortnite Update v17.50 Today (August 31)

The final update of Season 7 arrives today!

By Kyle Knight

August 31, 2021

The final update of Fortnite Season 7 is finally upon us as v17.50 is set to deploy for all platforms later today (August 31).

Today’s update is set to include plenty of changes, which will unfortunately come with some server downtime. Whilst you wait for Epic Games to complete the scheduled maintenance and bring the Fortnite servers back online, check out everything you need to know about Fortnite v17.50, including the full patch notes.

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When Will Fortnite Servers Be Back Up?

UPDATE: The Fortnite servers are now back online, v17.50 is officially live. Expect full patch notes to arrive shortly.

ORIGINAL STORY: Thanks to the official Fortnite Status Twitter account, we know that the game’s servers will be taken offline at the following times:

  • 1AM PT
  • 4AM ET
  • 9AM BST

Unfortunately, Epic Games has not detailed how long Fortnite’s servers will be offline today. But, based on previous updates, fans can expect the servers to be down from anywhere between 1 and 3 hours.

During the downtime, players will be prompted to download a new patch, which will update Fortnite to v17.50.

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Fortnite v17.50 Update and Patch Notes

The official patch notes for Fortnite v17.50 have arrived. Check out the Battle Royale details below:


Starting this Thursday at 10 AM ET (don’t ask how we know the specifics), Alien and IO tech will be easier to find than ever. In fact, Abductors will ONLY carry the Kymera Ray Gun, Grab-itron, Prop-ifier, and Alien Nanites. Likewise, IO Chests will ONLY give the Pulse Rifle, Rail Gun, Plasma Cannon, and Inflate-A-Bull. 

The Aliens and IO actually produced so much stuff that they’re running out of space. As a result, you’ll find the Kymera Ray Gun, Pulse Rifle, and Rail Gun even in normal Chests now.

While you’re using a bunch of Alien and IO weapons, earn XP in the process! This week will have two Legendary Quest chains: one for dealing damage with Alien weapons and one with IO weapons. Choose either one — or go for both!

Our research shows that one Wild Week remains after “High Tech Hijinks.” Expect all the details in a future memo.

What else is new in Fortnite Battle Royale in v17.50:


If you’ve already opened the game after v17.50’s release, you probably noticed the playlist menu looks a lot different! With v17.50, we launched a new and improved way to discover games and experiences in Fortnite. Jumping into classics like Solo, Duos, and Squads is as simple as ever, but discovering other games or experiences that suit your tastes — whether made by Epic or the community — has never been easier.

With new additions like categories and tags, find exactly the kind of game or experience you’re looking for. And with the new “My Library,” jump into ones you favorited or played recently. Find out more in our blog post on these changes!


Slurpy Swamp’s been abducted, Coral Castle’s been abducted, and soon the Mothership will be moving to its third target. The next POI abduction of the Invasion awaits…


Fixed an issue involving being unable to use inventory items after swapping from a Prop-ifier to a Consumable.


  • We’ve reduced the number of Epic Quests needed to unlock Superman’s additional rewards.
    • Previous: 63 / 68 / 73 / 78 / 84 Quests
    • New: 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 / 50 Quests
  • Please note that the High Tech Hijinks Wild Week will not apply to competitive playlists.
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Kyle Knight

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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