‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’ schedules downtime in anticipation of Week 5 challenges & new updates

The popular online game, Fortnite: Battle Royale reportedly scheduled some downtime for Wednesday, May 30th. It was announced by Forbes and other sites that the game would be offline around 4 a.m. Eastern Time with a speculated downtime lasting for an hour or two. The latest news comes as the game is preparing to add some new updates as well as the Week 5 challenges.


The report via Forbes said that the newest challenges were scheduled to arrive this Thursday after the server was down. In the past, new challenges came right after the server was restored for players to get back into the Fortnite world and compete. However, it also looks like the new update is going to bring one of the first-ever vehicles for the game as well.


It’s been reported that shopping carts will be that first vehicle, after a general lack of any vehicles in the Fortnite game. So far, very little is known about how the shopping carts are going to operate on the island in terms of movement. However, it seems like it could bring an interesting new aspect of gameplay.


Another update that is on the way at some point will involve a “playroom” mode which allows teams of players to practice building, shooting, and mastering the game controls. The mode will involve “friendly fire” to practice taking aim with weapons at friends, as well as give teams the ability to work on strategies and generally getting comfortable with how to play the game. So far, it’s only been hinted at as a “test run” and there will be a “more extensive creative mode” at some point down the line.


The free-to-play game Fortnite: Battle Royale was a response to PlayerUknown’s Battlegrounds, also knowns as PUBG. Fortnite has been available on multiple platforms including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, macOS, and Windows since September 2017, with a mobile version released for iOS. There are also plans for a game release on Android devices. While the game is free to download and play, many players benefit from using the “microns transactions” system in which they purchase new skins, weapons, or special items to give them a competitive advantage.


The newest Fortnite: Battle Royale update released for May 30th will be version 4.3 for the game. In addition to the shopping carts, upcoming Week 5 challenges, and other potential updates, this newest version should include bug fixes and other improvements to the gameplay.

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