The Playground LTM (limited time mode) was originally available in Fortnite last week, before Epic pulled the mode due to matchmaking issues just a few hours after it launched. Today on July 3, Epic has put the Playground mode back live for Fortnite players around the world.
Update: While Playground was initially only available in certain regions, it's now available for everyone. The rollout has now begun in the early hours of July 3, with Asia and European Fortnite players reporting that they can now access the Playground mode (we've confirmed that the mode is available in the UK). There's no set time for when the mode is going to launch for North America, but we'll update this post whenever we uncover anything.
The Playground mode for Fortnite Battle Royale was basically designed by Epic to be a practice arena. You load in with up to three other friends, and you can build and scavenge around the map for one hour, free from enemy players trying to kill you. The storm doesn't kick in until 55 minutes have passed, and then closes in over the next five minutes.
Unfortunately, challenges and stats aren't tracked in the Playground mode. So don't go thinking that you can complete the toughest weekly challenges and progress to unlocking the Omega skin through the Playground mode.
Fortnite Season 5 is on the horizon for the game, and is all set to launch worldwide on July 12. Elsewhere in the game, the Fortnite Week 10 Challenges are all set to go live on Thursday, but have been leaked as usual ahead of time.