The Fortnite team has updated their blog with a “State of Development” post that reveals the impending arrival of a Playground mode.
“Battle and build to your heart’s content with an extended period of time to roam around the map as well as increased resource generation,” reads the blog post. “All treasure chests and ammo crates will be spawned, try droppin’ in different spots and scope out the loot. Friendly fire is on so you can scrimmage with your squad (up to 4 friends per match), but fear not you’ll respawn immediately.”
Based on the team’s description of the mode, it seems that Playground is intended to be something of a cross between an enhanced practice option and a creative mode. It essentially removes the traditional Battle Royale elements from the game in favor of allowing players to explore the modes map with significantly fewer restrictions. The mode doesn’t sound like much in this very early form, but it’s easy to imagine that Epic will grow it into something robust and exciting.
The Fortnite team also stated that they are exploring the possibility of making the recent 50 vs. 50 mode a permanent addition to the game. They also confirmed that Jetpacks are intended to be a limited item, but that they would like to continue to add limited items to the game that will alter the basic nature of the Battle Royale mode in “big & unique ways.”
Much of the rest of the post is devoted to “quality of life” and performance updates designed to improve the overall Fortnite experience. They include improved map markers, a better Victory Royale screen, a high-resolution minimap, and the usual array of load time and server improvements.
The Fornite team’s willingness to constantly upgrade the game has been nothing short of remarkable. There’s seemingly no aspect of the title that they are not interested in altering or improving in order to keep the game feeling fresh. It remains to be seen how Fortnite‘s upcoming expansion into a more traditional competitive gaming scene may affect the frequency of these updates.