Is Fortnite split screen back up?

Fortnite split screen
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The Fortnite split screen mode has currently disappeared, and within the game itself there's no information about what has happened to it or how long it will be missing for. This is bad news if you've been enjoying revisiting the OG island with a friend in local multiplayer, or were intending to do so in the near future, but it does at least explain why you can't find it in the lobby. For a round up of what we know about split screen in Fortnite and when it's likely to return, read on.

How to play Fortnite split screen

Fortnite Season OG

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At time of writing, there is no way to play Fortnite split screen mode. Although this has now become a standard feature in the game, it was temporarily disabled following the v27.10 update during Fortnite Season OG for an unspecified reason, alongside the Ready Up and Keep Playing Together buttons.

When this feature is reactivated in Fortnite, assuming it functions as it did before, players can activate split screen mode on compatible consoles easily enough, with an option at the bottom-right hand corner of the screen for players to log in on a different account and join your lobby from the same device.

When is Fortnite split screen back up?

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Fortnite split screen mode was disabled on November 16 and has no set date to return yet, but we can presume it won't be gone for long. Aside from the fact that the game's developers have historically been pretty good with updates, this is a major feature that's caused a lot of outcry at its removal. There's a good chance that it's a high priority for fixing, but whatever the case, we'll update this page when there's more information on the outage or when it's back for good. In the meantime, why not head out into the battle royale and track down the rogue Fortnite Gnomes hiding around the island for a sizeable XP boost.

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