Battle Royale phenomenon Fortnite is about to receive a rather significant update in the form of a new game mode called 'Playground', allowing players to roam around freely in a creative setting, rather than the standard 1 vs 100 fight to the death.
The mode was initially teased by Epic a few weeks ago in a blog post (which you can see below), and could arguably be the start of the biggest change the game has seen since the introduction of the Battle Royale mode we all know today. Playground is a creative mode that ditches the usual focus of securing a Victory Royale, instead allowing you to practice your strategies, build as you see fit, play casually with friends, and crucially immediately respawn after death, taking away all of the pressures present in the main game.
"The Playground LTM will load you into the Battle Royale Map with some adjusted settings.
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. 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."
It seems like a perfect fit for newcomers to the game on Switch; without the Save the World mode available on other platforms, the Switch version of the game currently has no way for players to practice or even learn what the game's all about without jumping headfirst into a field of experienced players. This could be the perfect way for new players to get used to the controls and see what's possible before taking on the main course.
A limited-time version of the mode has appeared in-game on Fortnite's news board, hinting that it's "coming soon"; when an announcement is made here, we usually see that content arrive during the next scheduled update (which should be tomorrow, 26th June). This limited-time trial is expected to act as a test for a full mode in the future, potentially becoming a major, permanent fixture of the game.
We can already imagine the mayhem being shared online, with users building crazy structures, creating their own games within the mode, and possibly even using the game's environment in ways we haven't seen before.
Have you been enjoying Fortnite on Switch? Would you welcome a more sandbox-like mode to learn the ins and outs of everything you can do in-game? Let us know down below.