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‘Fortnite’s’ Playground Mode Returns This Week

Fortnite’s” popular limited-time mode, Playground, returns to the game on Wednesday, the day after the game’s one-year anniversary.

The four-player sandbox mode ostensibly allows players to practice and train together, but can also be used to build games inside the game, taking advantage of things like “Fortnite’s” shopping carts, golf carts, basketball courts, and golf courses. The first release of the mode was plagued with problems and after a bumpy period of allowing people to check it out, it was removed. At the time, Epic said a slew of new additions would be coming to the mode the next time it was launched. That included 1v1s, 2v2s, team selection, controller aim assist, the ability to edit others’ structures, teammate highlighting while on the map, traps that correctly affect both enemies and teammates, and pickaxe damage.

In Monday’s tweet, developer Epic Games said the mode will feature new team-select options with the full list of changes coming in upcoming patch notes.

Since Tuesday is “Fortnite’s” first birthday, as Epic puts it, fans will also be able to take part in a limited-time in-game birthday event that will allow them to earn birthday cosmetics by completing birthday challenges and quests.

Each challenge a player completes unlocks a slice of the birthday cosmetic set.

  • Deal 1,000 damage to opponents to unlock the Fortnite Birthday! emoticon
  • Dance at different birthday cakes to unlock the Happy Birthday! spray
  • Play 14 matches to unlock 5,000 XP
  • Complete all three challenges to earn the Birthday Cake Back Bling

Complete the Fortnite Birthday questline in Save the World and earn the Birthday Brigade Ramirez Hero. Earn tickets to spend on Birthday Llamas, which can contain Heroes and weapons from every event this year (not including quest rewards).

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