By Niall Walsh Weekend Editor
Fortnite servers are now down as Update 17.30 prepares to go live. This is the third update in as many weeks to receive downtime, a true sign that things are picking up as we move well past the halfway point of Season 7.
Here's what we know about Fortnite Update 17.30 so far.
How long with Downtime last?
The server downtime for Update 17.30 could take anywhere up to 4 hours. Usually, the servers are back online within 2 but this update has been scheduled slightly earlier which makes us think that servers may be down for longer than usual.
We'll keep you posted with the latest and with news when servers are back live again.
What will Fortnite Update 17.30 bring?
Straight off the bat, we know that Update 17.30 is going to kickstart the POI abduction event in-game. Three POI have been confirmed for the abduction so far by leakers and the first is set to be Slurpy Swamp.
The abduction will likely see the POI raised into the air like floating islands like seen in a brief glimpse during the Fortnite X Suicide Squad trailer. We're not yet sure what will be left on the ground in its place.
Rift Tour Updates
There isn't expected to be any major additions in relation to the Rift Tour as part of Fortnite Update 17.30. All of the content for this event should have been added last week during 17.21, hence why downtime was likely needed for that update also.
The Ariana Grande Icon Series skin is set to go live on Wednesday, 4 August and the Rift Tour will then begin on Friday, 6 August. Last-minute rumours suggest that she will not be arriving alone for the Rift Tour and other artists, like Lady Gaga and The Weeknd could be joining her on stage.