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Fortnite's v7.40 Update Delayed As Devs Bemoan 'Last-Minute Issue'

Fans of Fortnite who were awaiting the launch of the battle royale's big update will be sorely disappointed as the wait will run a bit longer than expected.

The Fortnite update v7.40 update was due to arrive on Wednesday morning, with Epic Games having announced that the game would be offline for server maintenance at 9 am. However, they have since reached out to let gamers know that the update has been delayed due to a "last minute issue".

"Due to a last minute issue we've discovered within the v7.40 release, the update will be delayed," their tweet reads.

"We’ll give you an exact time when we lock it down."

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Fortnite's design lead editor Eric Williamson took to Reddit this week to tell fans some of the things they should expect from the fresh update.

"Hey Fortnite community!" he posted.

"Wanted to give a sneak peek at some of the changes coming in this week’s v7.40 update.

- Planes will no longer be able to smash through structures

- Zipline interact prompt added, and using a Zipline will grant fall damage immunity

- Hand Cannon structure damage reduced from 150 to 100

- Turbo Build delay decreased from 0.15s to 0.05s

- Rocket Launcher reload time increased from 2.52s to 3.24s

- Added the ability to crouch while in Edit Mode

"Don’t forget to also check out the Share the Love Event - including overtime Challenges - dropping in v7.40!"

via fortniteintel.com

Incidentally, the update will not be released as first announced and Epic tweeted as much on Tuesday evening, adding that they will let gamers know when they get things under control.

So far, there has been no word. But, with Valentine's day just around the corner, it's likely that they're working nonstop to ensure that the Share the Love Event will be ready in time.

Meanwhile, new rivals Apex Legends has announced their own plans for Valentine's Day and will be offering players Valentine-themed loot on the day. The game, which was released without much in the way of a warning last Monday, has already attracted 25 million new players. And Fortnite would do well to get things back in order in a timely fashion as they wouldn't want to lose more ground.

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