The Fortnite update v24.01 was announced out of the blue by Epic Games. Since it’s a Monday (March 20, 2023), this makes the situation even stranger. Nevertheless, the update will commence as usual and the downtime will begin at 4:00 am Eastern Time.
Although this seems to be a minor update/patch, the servers will no doubt be taken offline for the time being. Based on past downtimes, this will take place at around 3:30 am Eastern Time.
Those enjoying a session of Save The World should log out beforehand to avoid losing progress.
Since this is a patch rather than a major update, the downtime for today (March 20, 2023) shouldn’t last more than an hour or so.
Considering the next major update, v24.10 is scheduled to arrive on March 28, 2023, this one will be very basic in nature.
The servers should be online by the time players in the Eastern Timezone start waking up for the day, around 6:00 am.
However, if this update v24.01 is primarily being developed to fix stability issues or other performance-related problems, testing will be required. That said, the downtime can be extended depending on the situation at hand.