To the delight of Fortnite players, Epic Games has put an end to its seemingly choreographed back-and-forth over the popular Playground limited time mode following last week’s matchmaking and queue issues. Playground is now accessible from the in-game mode select.
The all-but-in-name creative mode gives players the opportunity to build to their heart’s content and get in some quality practice with up to four friends all without the fear of being shot at by prowling adversaries. As expected, players have taken it upon themselves to build some pretty impressive structures.
Originally launched as part of last week’s the 4.5 update, the mode was swiftly removed within the space of two hours due to a colossal wave of interest from players who eagerly tried to gain access. Server tracking issues and inordinately long queue times led Epic Games to shelve the mode to allow them to iron out issues.
Yesterday, a post on Reddit said ‘We have some system performance goals that we believe are required in order to relaunch the Playground LTM. We’ve continued working towards these goals over the weekend and our most recent load tests look promising, but there are some anomalies in the data that we still need to understand’.
However, this morning the mode went live with an accompanying post on reddit explaining players could potentially bump into errors due to the surge of interest the developer is expecting. Epic suggests players switch their region to ‘auto select’ and requeue if joining problems surface. To curb any looming problems, Epic has set a time limit of 60 minutes on Playground sessions to avoid overcrowding.
Success! All players can now join in on the fun in the Playground LTM. Drop in and let your imagination run wild.
More details: https://t.co/nSpL6uQDwl
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) July 3, 2018
In an effort to buoy player concerns, Epic has promised ‘an in-depth and detailed postmortem in the near future to go over the obstacles that we encountered during the process of trying to enable this Limited Time Mode’.
Everything seems to be working for the moment and players are able to access Playground with few difficulties. If you’ve yet to witness the aftermath of this weekend’s one-off missile launch event, Playground is a great way to get a look at the newly formed cracks and anomalies in Fortnite’s firmament.