Though Fortnite’s Playground limited time mode has been a massive success spawning a swathe of creative builds and mini-games among fans, Epic Games has announced it will switch off the LTM on July 12th. This allows the developer to ‘take it back under construction for the next version’.
Part creative mode, part practice tool, Playground allows players to build unhindered thanks to a near unlimited supply of resources, and hone their shooting skills with up to four buddies with a respawn feature. All this for up to 60 minutes at a time. The mode has been plagued by numerous technical issues since releasing on June 27th, spurring on a bizarre seesaw act on behalf of Epic, who added then removed Playground multiple times in the past few weeks. The interest and huge number of players trying to access the mode are partly responsible for server sync issues, though Epic admits there were underlying issues affecting matchmaking.
Epic has big plans for the mode and hopes for a bigger and better version in due course. A team selection feature which would allow players to choose teams within the mode will be incorporated. By doing so, Epic hope to introduce the ability to play 1v1 head-to-head duels, as well as 2v2s. In addition, team selection should allow the implementation of aim assist for console players, and the editing of structures regardless of the builder. Traps would also behave correctly for friendly players and opponents, and teammates would appear on the map as markers.
Epic rounded off a Reddit post announcing the news by saying ‘the Playground LTM represents our first step into what a full creative mode looks like in Fortnite’. No one can argue that Playground is oozing with potential and if this two-week taster session is anything to rely on, we can trust Epic to conjure up a versatile and useful tool in the long run.
Epic has not indicated when the limited time mode is scheduled to return. If you want to check out some of the crazier structures created in Playground, check out our selection of the top builds.