UPDATE: Fortnite developer Epic Games has taken the game offline for update 16.50.

The game is expected to be offline for a couple of hours, which means maintenance should end by 11am BST at the latest.

“Downtime for v16.50 has begun,” reads an Epic tweet. “We’ll let you all know when downtime has ended and services are back up.”

ORIGINAL: Fortnite update 16.50 is about to be released by Epic Games. 

Available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch and Android, the new update has been given a May 25 release date. 

The latest Fortnite patch will be accompanied by a period of server downtime, starting at 9am BST for fans living in the UK. 

The news was announced by Epic Games on Twitter, complete with a preview about what to expect from the update 16.50 patch notes. 

“Keep running wild in a new game update, reads an Epic Games tweet. “v16.50 brings: A fan favourite comes back out of the vault.

“Survey and oversee larger spaces in Creative. Spend your Bars BIG in the next Wild Week starting June 3!”

As pointed out by Fortnite insider Shiina, the Dual Pistols are likely to be unvaulted as part of the new update.

“Dual Pistols will most likely be unvaulted tomorrow!! That’s because the Legendary Week 11 challenge is “Deal damage with dual pistols.”

Update 16.50 is also expected to lay the foundations for Season 7, and perhaps usher in the end of season event.

As you can see from the official preview, Creative mode will introduce larger play areas for fans to enjoy.

The next Wild Week, meanwhile, will reward players for spending gold, and is likely to make it easier to acquire currency.

Needless to say, update 16.50 will also make various bug fixes and gameplay tweaks, including a fix for an annoying issue with the inventory menu.

Likewise, PC users should notice a visual upgrade when building structures in Performance Mode.

You can see the remaining Fortnite update 16.50 patch notes below…

Fortnite update 16.50 patch notes

General…

• Player-built structures have reduced visuals in PC Performance Mode.

– We’re aware of an issue where player-built structures appear with a reduced visual state (“bubble-wrapped”) in the PC Performance Mode alpha.

• Just-added friends wrongly appearing offline.

– Friends you just added may wrongly appear offline in your friends list.

• Unable to equip cape Back Blings on Rebirth Raven’s Rachel Roth Style.

– Players are unable to equip cape Back Blings on the Rachel Roth Style of the Rebirth Raven Outfit.

Battle Royale…

• Moving left in the inventory on controller skips the last weapon slot.

– When trying to move or rearrange your inventory while using a controller, moving left from the first weapon slot will skip the final weapon slot.

Creative…

• “Recent Islands” list does not update.

– We’re investigating an issue where the “Recent Islands” list does not update after entering an Island.

• The ocean is invisible in the minimap.

– We’re investigating an issue that is causing the ocean to appear invisible on the minimap.

• The ocean is invisible in the minimap.

– We’re investigating an issue that is causing the ocean to appear invisible on the minimap.

• A game not starting if player is in Phone Booth.

– If the player is in the Phone Booth during pregame’s auto start countdown, the game won’t start until the player exits the Phone Booth.