Fortnite meets Minecraft in the new Playground LTM for Battle Royale.
Fortnite’s new limited time mode is now live, dropping the competitive aspects of Battle Royale and allowing players to team-up and create and build structures in a relatively safe zone.
Playground LTM is essentially an open sandbox that increases the number of resources and allows much more time for players to muck around on the island, with no risk of death. As it’s a limited time mode Epic has said you should expect it to change and come back in the coming months with new ideas and tweaks based on community and player feedback.
The current version of Fortnite Playground LTM will end on July 12.
Number of players and time restrictions
The first thing you need to know is that Playground LTM only supports four players. So essentially, that’s a squad. There’s no danger of other players invading your island and wrecking whatever it is you’re building. While there’s no danger from strangers, friendly fire is turned on for Playground so you can shoot up your buddies. Don’t worry though, players will almost instantly respawn.
The other major restriction is that you are limited to playing Playground for 1 hour. After 55 minutes the fatal storm circle will begin to close in, and it will take 5 minutes to do so. If you’re building an impressive structure, you might want to take a screen grab of it before it’s destroyed forever. One other thing – once a player is killed by the storm they will not respawn.
Weapons and resources
Fortnite Playground is very generous with the resources. There will be 100 Loot Llamas on each island, chest and ammo boxes will spawn 100% of the time and gathering wood, metal and bricks will give you 10 times the usual amount. The intention is that you and your squad are free to get creative and build massive structures, whether as practice for Battle Royale games or just to see how far you can push building.
All Challenges are turned off in Playground LTM, so you can’t notch up any of the weekly challenges such as following a treasure map, searching the island or wracking up kills in a certain named location.
That’s about all you need to know for the new Playground LTM – get out there, build something cool, race some shopping carts, and don’t be shy of sharing it with us in the comments below.
Playground LTM Version 2 changes
The current version of Playground will end on July 12 but it will return with a number of changes. So far, they include;
- 1v1s and 2v2s
- Aim assist for controllers
- Editing other player’s structures
- Traps affecting teammates/enemies correctly
- Highlighting teammates on the map
- Damaging enemies with your pickaxe
Epic Games has not yet given a date for the return of Playground LTM Version 2.
Queue is full and Matchmaking errors
The first 24 hours were a bit of a disaster for Playground LTM. It went live for around an hour before being whipped offline for fixing. It’s taken a week for Epic Games to fix the problem, and it has warned that there may still be some problems with queues.
However, as of the time of writing, the Fortnite Playground LTM is live and working fine.