The official Fortnite account just tweeted to say the free-to-play mode is available now after a "extended" period of server maintenance that last a few hours.
Epic Games said: “We will be taking extended downtime tomorrow, Sept. ”It’s unclear whether the Fortnite Battle Royale free update will be immediately available after the downtime is complete or some time afterwards.UPDATE TWO: The official Fortnite Twitter account have been responding to fans who are asking when the release time is for the Battle Royale update.26).“Gather your squad - four-player and two-player groups are here.”UPDATE THREE: Epic Games have announced that Fortnite will be going down tomorrow for an “extended” period to prepare for the rollout of the v1.6.3 update.In a forum post, they revealed Fortnite will go down at 1am PT, 4am ET and 9am BST. CET) for our v1.6.3 update, watch our social channels (Twitter/Facebook) for more info during this time!The official Fortnite Twitter account revealed that the free-to-play game is now available on Microsoft's console. the free version of Fortnite Battle Royale is now LIVE on the Xbox Marketplace!
"UPDATE NINE: Fortnite fans on Xbox One should be able to download the free-to-play Battle Royale mode by 5pm BST.
We've contacted Xbox to learn more about the extent of the problem, though eager users can also keep an eye on Xbox Live's status page for continual updates on the service.
Xbox Live users are currently having trouble accessing major parts of the service, including signing in and buying items, according to anecdotal reports and Microsoft’s own status page. ET today, Microsoft’s status page mentions “limited” access to Xbox Live “core services” — including sign-in, creating or recovering an account, and search — as well as making purchases, redeeming codes and downloading items.
Unfortunately for those playing on Xbox One, the online gaming may have to wait.
Xbox Live is currently experiencing issues, with users unable to log into the Microsoft-branded gaming network for not just the Xbox One, but also Xbox 360 consoles and Windows 10 PCs.
Battle Royale will include duos and squad match types alongside solo play.