Epic Games Explains Why the Fortnite Battle Royale Servers Have Gone Down for the Third Day in a Row - Dexerto
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Epic Games Explains Why the Fortnite Battle Royale Servers Have Gone Down for the Third Day in a Row

Published: 1/Jun/2018 9:43 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 13:02

by Ross Deason

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The Fortnite Battle Royale developers have released a statement to explain why the servers have gone down for maintenance yet again on June 1st.

Players of the incredibly popular Epic Games title were left disillusioned late on June 1st when they logged in and found that the servers were down for the third day in a row.

The V4.3.0 update was released on May 30th, introducing the all-new Shopping Carts and various bug fixes but servers went down again 24 hours later as a number of issues related to the patch had to be addressed.

However, it looks like there were still some issues and Epic Games’ Mark Imbriaco took to Reddit late on May 31st to reveal that the servers would be going down once again at 04:00am ET (08:00am UTC) on June 1st.

The reason for the downtime is apparently down to the ongoing difficulties with “scaling the backend MongoDB database we use for much of our account and matchmaking system”.

Imbriaco says that the Fortnite Battle Royale team has been working on rolling out a “brand new, horizontally scalable, session tracking service to manage sessions for matchmaking” but that there have been numerous issues with this and they are now reverting to the old system for the time being.

The full statement can be found below.

Hi everybody!

We wanted to give you a heads up that we’re planning another maintenance window tomorrow, June 1, at 4 AM ET (8 AM UTC).

During this time, matchmaking will be unavailable for Fortnite Battle Royale. This will be the third day in a row that we’ve had a scheduled maintenance window. I can explain.

We mentioned back in February scaling the backend MongoDB database that we use for much of our account and matchmaking system has been a challenge. We’ve made a ton of progress and our database has never been in a better place than it is right now, but we knew that it wasn’t the right fit to handle our continued growth and new types of LTMs. The Playground LTM v1, for example, has a maximum of 4 players per game which means we’ll need a lot more game instances and matchmaking sessions to support that mode than we do a mode like Battle Royale that can support up to 100 players per instance.

Over the last couple of days we’ve been working on rolling out a brand new, horizontally scalable, session tracking service to manage sessions for matchmaking. Despite extensive testing over the last few weeks, we ran into some problems when we attempted to put it into production. First, we ran into an issue with the way the system handled the case of many thousands of empty game servers, just waiting for people to drop at Tilted, that caused a lot more data to be returned by queries to the service than we expected. We solved that problem and tried to deploy again this morning, and while performance looked good we ran into a problem with the way our dedicated server auto-scaling systems interacted with the session tracker that required us to revert to the previous system again.

We’d like to offer a huge thank you to the community for being so patient when we’ve had to take maintenance windows — we know you’d rather be playing and we really appreciate all the support. We’re looking forward to seeing you continue to surprise us with your creativity in Playground soon!

Thanks,

Mark Imbriaco

Technical Director, Operations & Reliability

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How to get The Mandalorian skin in Fortnite Season 5 with Baby Yoda

Published: 30/Nov/2020 14:17

by Daniel Megarry

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Fortnite Season 5 is upon us, and it’s got some very exciting things in store – but the one thing fans are most looking forward to is the leaked crossover with The Mandalorian.

Following the success of Season 4’s Nexus War, which introduced skins and weapons based on some of Marvel’s most beloved superheroes and villains including Storm and Venom, Fortnite seems to be once again teaming up with another Disney-owned franchise, Star Wars.

Recent posts from a number of leakers including ShiinaBR and others have suggested a crossover with The Mandalorian is imminent, with bounty hunter Din Djarin and the adorable viral sensation Baby Yoda both being a part of the major Season 5 update.

There’s even been a leaked advertisement for the Battle Pass, which shows off the incoming Mandalorian skin accompanied by a little Baby Yoda, which is presumed to be another Back Bling cosmetic like Rocket Racoon, from Guardians of the Galaxy.

How to get The Mandalorian Fortnite skin

We won’t know exactly how to unlock the new Mandalorian secret skin and accompanying Baby Yoda Back Bling cosmetic until Season 5 drops on December 2, but we can definitely speculate.

In previous seasons, featured skins have been unlocked when players complete Battle Pass challenges. It’s likely that The Mandalorian skin will be acquired through a similar unlock method. It will look something like this:

  1. Load up Fortnite Battle Royale.
  2. Head into the Battle Pass menu.
  3. Access the Battle Pass challenges screen, and wait for the relevant challenges to appear.
  4. Once they’ve been made available, it’s down to you to complete them.

We’ll update this page as soon as we know how to unlock these new cosmetics, so keep an eye out.

When does Fortnite Season 5 start?

Fortnite has a lot to live up to after Season 4. It saw the introduction of a number of Marvel heroes as well as the Devourer of Worlds, Galactus, for an epic Nexus War finale event.

Season 5 will kick off on December 2, although an exact time hasn’t been confirmed. It’s also been hinted by dataminers that there will be another Black Hole style blackout to bridge the gap between the end of Season 4 and the beginning of Season 5.

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It’s rumored there will be another blackout between Season 4 and Season 5

It’s not expected that the whole season will be themed around The Mandalorian, unlike the previous Marvel-focused Season 4, but it looks like it will likely feature enough Star Wars content to keep fans of the galaxy far, far away happy.

Season 5 also brings with it the arrival of the new Fortnite Crew membership, which includes the Battle Pass, V-Bucks, exclusive skins, and other monthly benefits for a set price.

We will continue to update this guide as new information becomes available.