Update, July 5: Just a few days after launching for real, Epic has announced when Fortnite Playground mode will end, and what to expect when it returns.
Fortnite’s Playground mode won’t be around forever - at least not in its current form - and Epic has confirmed when the mode closes. You’ll have your last chance at the sandbox on July 12, at which point Epic will “take it back under construction for the next version.”
The developers already have plans for what that next version will include, and the headline feature there will be the ability to select teams from within the Playground itself. That opens up the possibilities for 1v1s and 2v2s, editing structures built by your fellow players, and proper use of traps around friends and teammates.
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You'll note that the closing time coincides with the season 5 release date. Epic says on Reddit the “Playground LTM represents our first step into what a full creative mode looks like in Fortnite,” a sentiment they’ve continued to express since first detailing the mode.
We know some iteration of Playground will eventually become permanent, and it seems the developers are taking advantage of all these LTMs to test features, gather feedback, and work out server problems.
The limited time mode was initially scheduled to release last week. Mere hours after its initial launch, however, matchmaking issues meant that Epic had to close the mode, before eventually pulling it from the game. The matchmaking issues were fixed relatively quickly, but further fixes meant that the release of the mode was delayed by nearly a week.
In a post on Reddit earlier this week, a spokesperson from Epic confirmed that the company had “completed deploying our servers containing the improved matchmaking changes. All players can now join in on the fun in the Playground LTM.”