Fortnite fans are once again waiting for Epic Games to reveal the patch notes for update 10.40.
The Fortnite update schedule has been extremely erratic as of late, as Epic Games mixes it up in the lead up to season 11.
Fortnite updates have traditionally always launched on Tuesdays, although this has changed in recent weeks.
With Epic yet to announce an update for September 24, the most likely scenario is that the new Fortnite update will now launch on Wednesday, September 25 at 9am UK time.
And because it’s a numbered update, fans can expect the patch to be accompanied by a lengthy period of server downtime.
Normally the server downtime would be accompanied by patch notes, although even the availability of these have become harder to predict.
Patch notes will instead be available after the downtime concludes, usually at around 10.30am BST.
One thing we do know for sure is that the new update will make matchmaking changes.
In a recent blog post, Epic explained why matchmaking changes were necessary, before revealing plans to add bots to Fortnite in Season 11.
According to Epic Games, the new matchmaking update will create fairer matches.
“Since Battle Royale launched, the matchmaking strategy for our core modes has remained mostly unchanged,” reads an Epic blog post.
“Over the past two years, however, the range of player skill has grown considerably. In Arena, we use Hype-based matchmaking to ensure players are matched evenly across platforms.
“In the v10.40 update, we’re introducing improved matchmaking logic to Battle Royale core modes to create fairer matches. What does this mean? You will be more likely to match with players of similar skill, and as you get better, so should your opponents.”
Epic will slowly roll the update out across all regions, although fan feedback could further alter the matchmaking logic.
Bots, meanwhile, won’t be available as part of update 10.40, but will instead be added with Fortnite Season 11.
“In the next Season, we are adding Bots to Fortnite. They will behave similarly to normal players and will help provide a better path for players to grow in skill.
“Bots will work in conjunction with the new matchmaking system, and as your skill improves, you’ll face fewer Bots. Bots will not be present in Competitive playlists. This is another system that we will continue to update and iterate.”
Based on the Fortnite Trello page, Epic will fix a number of long-running technical issues that have been plaguing the game.
This includes a fix for mobile menu options appearing on other platforms, as well as cosmetics not always rendering properly.
Epic is also investigating performance hitching issues, as well as push-to-talk spectating problems and darker than intended lighting.
Unfortunately, however, it doesn’t look like these problems will be fixed by the launch of update 10.40, so you may need to check for workarounds.
Check back on September 25 for a full list of Fortnite update 10.40 patch notes for PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android.