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Epic Games Employee Provides an Update on the Playground Mode Downtime, Explains Why It’s Taking So Long

Published: 2/Jul/2018 15:35 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Ross Deason


Epic Games has posted another update about the eventual return of Playground Mode but it still isn’t good news for Fortnite Battle Royale fans.

As one of the most highly anticipated additions to Fortnite in recent memory, the Playground Limited Time Mode should have been a massive success.

Unfortunately it was disabled just hours after it launched on June 27th as part of the V4.5 patch that also introduced the Dual Pistols.

The game’s developers later stated that they needed to “continue testing our matchmaking improvements” but sounded confident that an issue would be found in the near future.

Unfortunately, almost a week since the initial problems, Playground Mode is still not available for the Fortnite community to enjoy and Epic Games’ MrPopoTFS has now taken to Reddit to reveal that the wait will continue.

Although tests over the weekend were “promising”, the post explains that the developers still need to investigate further and states that it is “hard to know whether we’ll have to make any additional system changes in order to meet our test goals right now”

Playground Update – July 2 from r/FortNiteBR

MrPopoTFS has also linked earlier posts where another employee (Jshredz) went into more detail about why it’s taking so long to get Playground Mode back online and what the issues currently are.

The first one, posted on June 28th, explains that the Playground LTM launch was extremely popular and put too much of a strain on the matchmaking system. 

The next post expands on that explanation and reiterates how difficult it is to make matchmaking function “up to 100 times faster than it needs to for the base modes”.


How to complete Fortnite Season 4 Week 9 challenges

Published: 22/Oct/2020 6:33

by Andrew Amos


Haven’t given up on that Fortnite Season 4 battle pass grind yet? If you’re still going hard for your Marvel skins, you’re in luck ⁠— there’s plenty of challenges to tackle in Week 9. They’re slightly different from weeks gone by too.

Fortnite Season 4 is slowly coming to an end. However, there’s still time to try and grind the battle pass to get some of those highly sought after Marvel skins.

Fortnite’s Season 4 Week 9 challenges have a distinctively spooky theme to them. After all, it comes after the launch of the Fortnitemares event on Patch v14.40, which has completely changed the game.

Fortnite Halloween props
Epic Games
Fortnitemares has transformed the map, and the weekly missions too.

They aren’t that difficult though. Most of them involve the same challenges we’ve seen in other weeks ⁠— collect some materials, go from A to B on the map, and eliminate some players.

Fortnite Season 4 Week 9 challenges

  • Search Chests at Upstate New York (7)
  • Eliminations at Lazy Lake (3)
  • Collect Metal from Slurpy Swamp
  • Catch fish at Heart Lake
  • Eliminate opponents by hitting them with vehicles
  • Drive a boat from The Fortilla to The Authority in less than four minutes
  • Ride 20,000 meters in a vehicle

There’s a lot of travelling to do and sights to see in the Week 9. You’ll need to hop in a boat to drive from The Fortilla to The Authority ⁠— but be careful of people camping the route for easy kills.

Once you’re finished on sea, you can choose to hop on land or fly into the air to complete the 20,000 meters task. This will take more than one game, so it might be worth working this in while you complete the others.

Fortnite characters fishing
Epic Games
Get your fishing rods down to Heart Lake too.

Things like the Upstate New York chests task, the Lazy Lake eliminations challenge, collect Metal at Slurpy Swamp, and Heart Lake fishing can be done off drop. However, be wary of other players with the same idea.

You’ll have until Oct. 29 to complete the Fortnite Week 9 challenges. Good luck!