When does Fortnite downtime end and Chapter 5 Season 3 release?

Chapter 5 Season 3 of Fortnite, formally called Wrecked, appears to be focused on using huge vehicles to get around a desert wasteland.

Hot on the w-heels of a Greek methology-themed season, Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 3 will also feature a Fallout crossover.

We’ll break down the expected release times for Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 3 (based on your time zone) and explain when Fortnite downtime is supposed to end. You’ll also get a summary of what to expect from the new Fortnite season.

What time does Fortnite downtime end and Chapter 5 Season 3 release in your time zone?

Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 3 is set to launch on Friday, May 24, at the same time around the world. Based on the launch times of previous seasons, we can make a strong educated guess for when Fortnite will go down and come back up again.

Server downtime typically starts around 2 or 3 a.m. EDT and typically last about four hours, give or take. That means we can reasonably expect Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 3 to go live at the following times depending on your time zone:

  • 1 a.m. – 4 a.m. PDT for the west coast of North America
  • 4 a.m. – 7 a.m. EDT for the east coast of North America
  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. BST for the U.K.
  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. CEST for western Europe/Paris
  • 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. JST on Japan/Tokyo
A teaser for Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 3 Image: Epic Games

What to expect in Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 3

So far, the known quantities for Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 3 are the name (“Wrecked”) and the much-ballyhooed Fallout collaboration, which will see you get your hands on some Power Armor. Whether this is an item or a skin is yet to be confirmed, but you can briefly see it in action in the following embedded post on X:

Elsewhere, an official teaser trailer suggests a sandstorm will bring about an apocalyptic desert theme:

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Meanwhile, the Fortnite X account teased the possibility of a new bus, replete with video footage of a (real) monster truck jumping over a (real?) bus. This dovetails with what longtime Fortnite leaker ShiinaBR (who has a sturdy track record for this sort of thing) said on X: that monster trucks are coming to Fortnite as of Chapter 5 Season 3.

Tying into all of the above, datamines from the HYPEX account on X suggest “sand landmarks” or a dedicated desert biome, as well as a steam train makeover for the map’s snaking locomotive.

There’s also the suggestion of collaborations with Metallica, Fall Guys, and Pirates of the Caribbean. That said, based on the game’s track record, take these tie-ins with a pinch of salt — and if they do appear, could be in non-battle royale modes, and / or will appear later in the season.

There’s plenty to look forward to then. The other thing of note — and this is pure speculation on our part — is the season launches day-in-date with Furiosa, making it primed for a possible Mad Max crossover. There has been no indication of that so far (from developer Epic Games or otherwise) but we’d be surprised if that doesn’t appear at some point.