Fortnite News: Limited Time 'Playground' Mode And Counterplay Updates
As Season 4 begins to wind down, the Fortnite updates are coming fast and furious. They may not have the flash and excitement of the Battle Pass and major update announcements, but Epic Games is quietly implementing some major changes into the game.
First, and perhaps most importantly, Epic has announced that they are making updates to accommodate different play styles and counterplay. One of the aspects that makes Fortnite unique is its building aspect. However, it's also what limits varying play styles and strategies, especially when a Battle Royale match is down to the last few players. Matches are often won by building a large, elaborate structure and killing off your enemy with a powerful weapon from the safety of your fort. It's a good strategy but can also get boring and repetitive. In an effort to keep players interested with more than just new skins, emotes, and novelty weapons, Epic is changing the game to encourage a wider range of play styles and more opportunities to win a Battle Royale match in different ways. They haven't been too specific about what changes they are making, but it's great to see that they're expanding the game this way.
From Epic Games:
"Fortnite is constantly evolving. Our goal with any changes is to keep the game fun and interesting, keeping it feeling fresh and new.
It’s important to support a variety of late game strategies, that don’t boil down to “just build lol”. We strongly believe that the evolution of Fortnite supports a wide range of play styles and counterplay. Currently, the superiority of shotguns, rockets, and uncapped building are such a dominant play style in the final circle that most other strategies are being drowned out.
RECENT & UPCOMING CHANGES
We have made a few changes recently -- and will continue to make more -- to give you options to counter other players in combat, especially in the late game.
We are exploring changes to weapon balance and resource economy, like e.g. resource caps.
So, where does this leave us?
You should be able to find Victory Royales through multiple strategies. Shotguns should be strong, but other weapons have room to grow. Not every encounter should have to end in a build-off. We want to empower you to showcase your skill, strategy, and tactics in all variety of ways."
New Weapon — Stink Bomb
New Limited Time 'Playground' Mode
With changes in overall gameplay coming, it's important to have a place to practice new strategies. Last month, Epic announced the 'Playground' mode, which appears to be a precursor to a permanent creative mode that may be added later this year. It replaces the current limited time mode which consists of battling in five teams of twenty. It should arrive sometime today; when I check in a little while ago, it wasn't live, yet.
Playground is a custom game mode that allows you to play on a private island with your squad and experiment with new strategy, combat, and building techniques. It's non-competitive and stats won't be recorded, so you can explore and build at will. In the past, creative modes have allowed players to erect some really cool structures, so be prepared to see some amazing creativity.
Players can explore the map without fear of being knocked out by a kill shot. You might be able to get your hands on that cool epic weapon you've always wanted or perhaps hone your skills with your favorite weapon. Friendly fire is turned on in Playground mode so you can practice combat with your friends, but you'll respawn when killed. Essentially, you can use your limited time however you like — build a statue to the Fortnite gods, duel with your friends and devise original game modes with your own set of rules, and explore as much as you like. And there will be llamas... lots of llamas!