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What is Fortnite’s new Playground limited time mode?

How creative can your squad get?

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The most hotly anticipated Fortnite Limited Time Mode ever is finally here, but it may not work exactly the way you think.

Battle Royale’s new Playground mode may only be here for a limited time, at least for now, but it should be a perfect place to help players who are just starting out, or want to fully master the game’s mechanics.

The game mode, for the most part, will work like every other game mode in Fortnite. There won’t be cumbersome extra menus to navigate through, in a lot of ways it’s more like a regular game of Fortnite. Thankfully, Epic has made a few key changes, like making games last longer, and letting players gather resources faster to help keep you focused on building. If you’ve still got a few questions as to how exactly Playground works, we’ve got all the answers for you here.

How does it work?

Just like every other Limited Time Mode, you will invite your squad into your party, then queue up for the mode. While queue times were pretty long when the mode was first announced, they should keep getting better the longer the mode is out.

How long do the games last?

Each game lasts one hour, and they even have a storm like regular games. But don’t worry, the storm in Playground doesn’t start moving until 55 minutes and will take a full five minutes to close in.

Can I fight my squad mates?

Yep! Unlike every other mode in Fortnite, Friendly fire is turned on in Playground and thankfully, if (when?) you die, you simply respawn.

How do resources work in this mode?

Just like normal, you spawn in without resources, and will have to gather them yourself. The good news is, gathering is 10 times faster than in normal games, so it shouldn’t be much of a chore. And if you aren’t into the idea of gathering your own resources, you could always take some from one of the 100 Llamas that spawn around the island in every Playground game.

How about guns and ammo?

Just like resources, guns and ammo work about like normal. The only difference here is that Chests and Ammo Boxes, which normally only have a chance to spawn in certain locations, will now spawn in those locations every game, so it shouldn’t be too tough to find what you’re looking for.

For a look at everything else that changed in Fortnite’s patch v4.5 you can check out our patch breakdown.