Fortnite update 17.20 launches today, after a longer than normal wait for the next big patch in Season 7.
Epic Games have warned that there will be new features and content to enjoy when it all goes live on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mobile, and Nintendo Switch.
A highlight is a new default option that’s turned on for players struggling with inventory management.
And while it’s not as important as being good at a shootout, being able to keep up with whatever you have on hand is still crucial if you’re looking to be the last man standing.
Things will get a little easier with the launch of Fortnite update 17.20, with Epic Games confirming that preferred item locations will be part of the next patch.
A message from Epic Games explains, “Loot in the heat of the moment? Do not be afraid; Favorite item locations are close.
“This setting sorts your pickups into the inventory location you designate for more control over what goes where.”
“This new option will be enabled with a default selection for everyone in our next game update.”
And as mentioned above, Fortnite update 17.20 will be downloadable and playable after today’s scheduled server maintenance.
The full gaming experience will be offline for at least an hour this morning and take place earlier than usual.
WHEN DOES THE FORTNITE DOWNTIME FOR UPDATE 17.20 BEGIN?
The Fortnite server downtime scheduled for today has been set for 7:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.
For players in the United States, this will mean maintenance starting at 2:30 a.m. EDT the same day.
No one should wait for the servers to return, as all platforms will be coming back online at the same time.
Epic Games have not confirmed the length of Fortnite’s downtime and have yet to provide the usual estimate.
But based on the previous fixes, we expect the services to be back online by 10 a.m. BST on July 20.
The latest news from Epic Games reads: “Set yourself up to become a champion with the upcoming Bugha’s Late Game mode.
“Fortnite v17.20 is slated for release on July 20. In preparation for the update, the services will be deactivated from approx. 2:30 am ET (6:30 am UTC). Please note that this is earlier than usual.
“This is the update that introduces the Preferred Item Locations setting previously announced.
Also: Arena playlists will be inactive starting July 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET (July 20 at 02:00 UTC). We plan to make them available again after the downtime ends, but there may be a delay. .
“For this update, career stats may stop updating shortly before the downtime begins, but they should be accurate after the outage ends.”
More news will be revealed regarding today’s update after it is released and made available for download on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch and mobile.
For now, players can look forward to plenty of new content, cosmetics, and challenges to unlock over the next few days.