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Will Fortnite Go Offline for Chapter 3?

The End is coming to Fortnite Chapter 2, and it may bring downtime ahead of Chapter 3.
The End is coming to Fortnite Chapter 2, and it may bring downtime ahead of Chapter 3. / Photo courtesy of Epic Games

Will Fortnite go offline for Chapter 3? The climax of more than two years of Fortnite content and story building is all set to kick off this coming weekend, likely bringing an entirely new map in addition to whatever other insanity Epic Games has cooked up over that long gestation time. Players are more ready than ever to dive straight into Chapter 3, but what are Epic's plans around making the update go live?

Will Fortnite Go Offline for Chapter 3?

Let's start with the obvious caveat to all of this: Epic Games itself has said nothing about plans to take Fortnite offline, temporarily or otherwise, when Chapter 2 ends.

That being said, there are a few strong signs pointing toward at least some amount of downtime, chief among them being that major updates to live service games take time to apply. Taking the servers offline is the only way to make sure those updates roll out correctly and evenly across all players, creating as few headaches as possible for both players and Epic Games' staff.

Furthermore, the last time Epic Games ended a chapter, it took Fortnite offline for roughly 37 hours. Outside of a couple of Easter eggs, all players could see when booting up the client was a black hole. This downtime was likely at least in part a stunt on Epic Games' part, but that doesn't mean they won't try something similar when moving from Chapter 2 to Chapter 3.

For now, it seems safe to say Fortnite will go offline, at least for a little while, when Chapter 2 ends. How long until it comes back up? We'll just have to wait and see.