This is not a drill, folks. Fortnite is currently down. Rumours that Cliffy B has been pulling cables in Epic’s data centre to drive people to Radical Heights are unfounded.
Fornite is currently down, due to a database issue impacting Epic’s back-end authentication services. Instability issues were first noticed on April 11th, at around 22:03 GMT, according to Epic’s service status page.
An initial fix was implemented at around 02:00 GMT today, April 12th, but services couldn’t cope with the surge of demand for re-connections, and instability returned.
Roughly 90 minutes later, services were taken offline to attempt to diagnose and resolve the issue, and at the time of writing, have not yet come back online.
It’s worth pointing out that this is, as far as we know, an Epic-wide issue and not one just related to Fortnite, but let’s be honest: nobody really cares about anything else. Fortnite is down and the world has ended. Well, until that comet lands and it really ends, anyway.
In the last hour, Epic Games have updated the service status page – and a thread on reddit.com/r/FortNiteBR – to advise of a “critical failure with one of our account service databases” and that the “team has been working through the night on fixes in order to bring the game fully back up”.
Epic have also used the reddit thread to apologise for the instability, and have advised that hourly updates will be made until the issue is resolved; though there isn’t currently an ETA for Fortnite to be back online at the time of writing.