Many Fortnite gamers, many of whom are already on vacation and have nothing better to do than play their beloved game, have only recently resumed play after the servers were down for many hours. If you’re on winter break and wanting to play some Fortnite, you’ll be disappointed to learn that the Epic Games battle royale shooter shut down for more than five hours on Wednesday — and it wasn’t to help grow the game’s narrative.
The company made a tweet on its website, “Fortnite is currently unavailable and players are unable to log in while we investigate an issue. We’ll provide more info when we have a solution to bring services back online.”
“Continuing to work on a fix that will bring Fortnite back online and appreciate everyone’s patience,” the team stated in a follow-up tweet at 3:10 p.m. ET. We hadn’t received anything since 6 p.m. ET, but gamers reported that the game was operating again about 6:30 p.m. ET, which we were able to confirm.
The Fortnite Status Twitter ultimately confirmed the game’s relaunch, offering specifics on “what we’re doing to help you make up for lost time” next week (or next year). It also mentioned that certain players may notice an additional in-game present to open, but that the team is working on it.
Around 11 a.m. ET, the business began examining the problem, and the servers fell entirely offline a few hours later.
The odd thing is that when the servers initially broke down, the Epic Games launcher refused to let you start Fortnite, claiming that the servers were down.
It would, however, try to begin the game a few minutes later, but it would fail miserably.
Also, at the time of this crisis, the Epic Games Store was having other issues, with some gamers reporting that they couldn’t log in or even access their games for offline play.
“Fortnite is currently unavailable and players are unable to log in while we investigate an issue.
We’ll provide more info when we have a solution to bring services back online. pic.twitter.com/B3wXvu5SL6
— Fortnite Status (@FortniteStatus) December 29, 2021”
The Epic Games launcher wouldn’t even start Fortnite when the servers first went down, indicating that the servers were unavailable, but it would later try to load the game. Unfortunately, it merely placed you in a line for ten minutes or so after launch, as many gamers have reported and as we observed in a test. Starting at 6:45 p.m. ET, gamers may jump straight into the action by launching the game.
Around the same time as the incident began, the Epic Titles Store had issues, with some gamers reporting that they were unable to log in or even access their games for offline play. At the very least, the Epic Games desktop launcher is now functional, allowing you to continue playing other games on your PC.