The longest-awaited, most highly anticipated Fortnite “Playground” limited-time mode was just announced in the game’s daily news last Monday, much to the delight of fans who have been patiently anticipating the exciting new gamemode. While the mode was expected to come out on Tuesday, as updates normally do, there was no update, and instead Epic Games appeared to push back the update to Thursday (in conjunction with their new challenges) before facing some difficulties and now officially launching the update on Monday, July 2nd.


Now that the mystery of Playground’s release is over, here are some things you need to know about the new mode, its history, and what it means for Fortnite Battle Royale’s future. Originally announced in Epic Games’ State of Development back in May, “Playground” is meant to increase material generation and the amount of time you can roam around the map. They have also said that friendly fire is on so that you can practice with your squad with up to four friends per match. It is also mentioned that you will respawn immediately, however it is unclear how Epic intends to work that into the mode.


Taking a look at what this means for the future, you can expect to see a lot more skilled players as participation, or the lack thereof, in this mode should continue to widen the skill gap, something longtime players have been looking forward to for a while. Players can expect to practice building with equally skilled players and we can reasonably expect a lot of pro players to get some practice scrims in using this mode as well.


Arguably the most important thing about this mode is what it brings to this sort of open-ended game and its millions of players: a creative and private lobby, where possibilities are nearly endless. In Epic’s State of Development, they said that the Playground limited-time mode was their first step towards what a creative mode in Fortnite could look like. It isn’t exactly clear how Epic plans to expand on this, but some ideas brought up by the community were the ability to make a certain match any LTM from the past (e.g. Sneaky Silencers or High Explosives). Another concept was for players to be able to customize their loadouts for even and balanced 1v1’s or 2v2’s. This is also a great mode to test out new features or ideas without them necessarily being used in normal gameplay until Epic is 100% ready to release them, akin to Activision-Blizzard’s Overwatch PTR (Public-Test-Realm).


This mode and its possibilities are nearly endless, and Epic has already said that they cannot wait to see what the community can come up with. In these next weeks, fans can expect some new discoveries and metas in the game that are the result of practice in Playground as well as an opportunity to reshape Fortnite’s future by creatively testing Playground’s options.


* Words are by Clancy Hughes, who you can hit up on Twitter to discuss Playground or any other Fortnite questions you might have *