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Fortnite is just hours away from Chapter 3 Season 4: Paradise, which means players will notice the transition beginning with the downtime on its servers. Developer Epic Games has revealed that the game will go offline for a short time early this weekend, and that those downloading the long-awaited update should prepare for a heavy file size on all platforms.
Via Fortnite status Twitter account, all game servers will experience downtime on Sunday, September 18 at 02:00 ET. At that point, players can download the V22.00 update to be able to jump into the new season once the maintenance is complete. Epic has not estimated how long the servers will be down, though season updates have typically become available just hours after their files are released.
However, the developer has informed players that this patch will be “larger than usual for all platforms.” It didn’t reveal why this is the case, but the latest teasers point out that Chapter 3 Season 4 could bring a massive overhaul to its Battle Royale modes. Last week, delicious ads for the season were revealed, which showed a peculiar goo that turned objects into chrome. Epic has since followed this up with a series of tweets it’s capital letters apparently spelling out “Chrome”. The thread reads ominously, “it consumes everything. free them. but beware. you might be next.”
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While it’s not clear what role this chrome goo will play, fans already have an inkling of which skins will debut at the start of Chapter 3 Season 4. A series of new images on the platform’s digital marketplaces have revealed never-before-seen characters drowning in a pool of dung. This obviously includes Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse‘s Spider-Gwen, a skin long rumored to be in the upcoming Battle Pass.