Fortnite update 20.40 patch notes: The Collider, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Doomsday Device

Daniel Megarry
A screenshot from Fortnite ahead of the update 20.40

Fortnite update 20.40 has arrived, and we’ve got all the details you need including patch notes, new features you can expect, and downtime details.

After weeks of battling the Imagined Order alongside The Seven’s resistance squad, Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 is almost coming to an end – but not before one final mid-season update.

Fortnite update 20.40 is the last big patch of the season, so we’re hoping for some exciting new content (including an Obi-Wan Kenobi skin) and potential clues for the Doomsday Device finale.

Below, you’ll find the patch notes for Fortnite update 20.40.

A clock representing downtime before a Fortnite update

Fortnite update 20.40 downtime details

Downtime for the 20.40 update will begin around 1AM PT / 4AM ET / 9AM BST on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, with matchmaking disabled 30 minutes before.

There’s no telling how long downtime will last, but typically it’s around one hour to two hours, depending on how much new content is being added to the game.

Fortnite update 20.40 patch notes

Here’s everything that’s been confirmed for the Fortnite 20.40 update. We’ll keep this updated as new features are revealed.

Sideways Showdown Week begins

Wild Weeks are back! The first one, Sideways Showdown Week, is live now and features the return of the Sideways Rifle and the Sideways Minigun. There are also new challenges to complete.

Sideways Showdown Week runs until May 24, 2022, at 8:59AM, when another Wild Week will take over, so make the most of the weapons while you can.

The Sideways weapons in Fortnite

A new POI arrives: The Collider!

When you jump into Fortnite after the 20.40 update, the first thing you’ll probably notice is a new location on the map. It’s known as The Collider, and it looks very much like a Doomsday Device.

The battle for Tilted Towers has also been won, so you can return there and use it as a base for now.

The Collider POI in Fortnite

Obi-Wan Kenobi collaboration

There have already been loads of Star Wars skins in Fortnite, but Epic Games aren’t stopping there, as it looks like Obi-Wan Kenobi is coming to the island next!

It makes sense, as the famous Jedi is getting his own Disney+ spin-off series starting on May 27, so expect it to arrive at some point in the next couple of weeks.

Lightsabers are getting vaulted

We hope you’ve enjoyed living out your Jedi fantasies across the island, as the Lightsaber weapon is being vaulted following the Fortnite 20.40 update.

This is because the current Star Wars ‘May 4th’ celebrations are coming to an end after two weeks. Fingers crossed they return soon!

Lightsabers in Fortnite Chapter 3

Ali-A Icon Series cosmetics arrive

Following in the footsteps of creators like LoserFruit and Bugha, YouTube star Ali-A will be getting his very own skin and matching cosmetics as part of the Icon Series lineup.

You’ll be able to purchase Ali-A’s skin in the item shop from Thursday, May 19. There will also be a chance to earn the outfit for free in the Ali-A Cup on Wednesday, May 18!

Ali-A skin in Fortnite 20.40 update

Doomsday Device finale event?

Throughout this season, Doctor Slone and the Imagined Order have been teasing a Doomsday Device that could be catastrophic for the island and the loopers that inhabit it.

With the arrival of the new POI, The Collider, it seems like this could all be leading up to a big live finale event. Keep your eyes peeled…

Fortnite update 20.40 bug fixes

As always, Epic Games will ship a number of bug fixes with the 20.40 update, which you can see below:

  • Players do not receive toast notifications while in a match in a party with another player.
  • Anvil Rocket Launcher UI missing.
  • Legendary perks cannot be changed using perk recombobulator in Save The World.

That’s everything we know about Fortnite update 20.40! We’ll keep this page updated when more details are confirmed.

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About The Author

Daniel graduated from university with a degree in Journalism and English Language, before spending five years at GAY TIMES covering LGBTQ+ news and entertainment. He then made the switch to video game journalism where he produces news, features, and guides for Pokemon, Fortnite, Nintendo, and PlayStation games. Daniel also has a passion for any games with queer representation.