After some technical difficulties, Playground Mode went live in Fortnite a few days ago, and was met with general enthusiasm from the community. Playground Mode gives players unprecedented creative freedom in the battle royale portion of the game, and while some fans would like to see it become a permanent part of the experience, Epic has announced that it’s removing the mode on Thursday, July 12.
While Playground Mode is leaving Fortnite on July 12, fans can rest assured that it will be back in the game at some point down the line. In a post on Reddit, Epic revealed that it has already started work on the next version of Playground, which will allow team selection options within the mode. Unfortunately, Epic stopped short of revealing when this new version of Playground will make its way to the popular battle royale game.
However, some fans may be interested to learn that Playground is apparently just the “first step” into a “full creative mode” in Fortnite. Epic has alluded to this possibility before when it expressed interest in making Playground a permanent part of the game, as opposed to the Limited-Time Mode that it is right now.
Adding a full creative mode to Fortnite seems like a smart move on Epic’s part. After all, such a game mode could appeal to gamers that otherwise haven’t bothered with Fortnite, including the millions of Minecraft fans that are interested in building, but maybe find the shooting aspect less appealing. It will also allow Fortnite‘s building mechanics, one of the game’s defining features, to get more attention.
While it sounds like future versions of Playground will allow for even more freedom, Fortnite fans have already done cool things with the tools available. For example, some fans have used Playground Mode to recreate the popular Nuketown multiplayer map from the Call of Duty: Black Ops franchise.
With Playground still in the game for about another week, it will be interesting to see what other creations Fortnite fans can come up with. And in the future, hopefully Epic releases even better versions of Playground Mode that will allow Fortnite fans to really flex their creative muscles.
Fortnite is out now for iOS, PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.