Fortnite Season 6 Is Out Now, Following Downtime
The latest patch for Epic's battle royale game has arrived.
It is a very big week for Epic's battle royale game Fortnite, as Chapter 2 Season 6's start date of March 16 approaches. Epic has now shared more insight on the rollout, and in particular, the developer said players should expect patches to grow in size with this new season. [Update: the Chapter 2, Season 6 update is out now!]
Release Timing And Downtime
Downtime for Chapter 2 Season 6 begins at 12 AM ET on March 16, which is 9 PM PT on March 15. This will bring the game up to version 16.00. Epic said the specific launch time for the patch will vary by platform, but downtime will end on every system at the same time (a time Epic did not disclose).
Chapter 2 Season 6 (v16.00) is arriving soon!— Fortnite Status (@FortniteStatus) March 15, 2021
Downtime for the patch begins at 12:00 AM ET (04:00 UTC). Here’s some info to know! 👇 [1/2]
Bigger Than Normal
Epic also confirmed that the launch of Chapter 2 Season 6 will usher in a new era where Fortnite patch sizes become "larger than normal on all platforms." Epic did not provide any specific numbers in terms of file size or percent increase, however.
Epic also did not explain why the patches will get bigger in the future, but it's not an uncommon trend with online games to see patch sizes grow over time.
During downtime, patch rollout times will vary per platform, but downtime for ALL platforms will end at the same time.— Fortnite Status (@FortniteStatus) March 15, 2021
With the launch of the new Season, please note that patch sizes will be larger than normal on all platforms. [2/2]
What's In Chapter 2, Season 6?
A lot is still unconfirmed, but we do know that Chapter 2 Season 6 will usher in the Zero Crisis Finale event, which is a new mission that is playable solo. This mission will be available to you the first time you boot up the game after Chapter 2 Season 6 goes live.
Intriguingly, a new Fortnite teaser features Agent Jones hacking the system and potentially providing a clue about what's to come in Chapter 2 Season 6.