Fortnite teases The Playground mode as Epic sues a contractor over supposed leaks

    
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It looks as if Fortnite will launch the Playground this week, at least if the weekend update message is any guide; it’s touting a mode where you can “creativity run wild on your own private island.” The mode is supposed to be a limited-time one that gives players the time to actually gather resources and build stuff during the battle royale part of the game (instead of, you know, just hiding in bathtubs). If you die in this type of “creative” map, you’ll respawn and keep on zerging. As the studio explained a month ago,

“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.”

Meanwhile, it looks as if one of the many, many people Epic is pursuing in court over various slights is actually putting up a defense. This time, it’s not a player accused of exploiting; it’s a QA contractor who Epic alleges leaked information about season four, which another party then published on Reddit. Epic is suing the contractor, Thomas Hannah, but not the third party; Hannah himself admits he was under NDA but denies most of the accusations about willful leaking. Epic is going all out over the “trade secrets” claim, saying it has “suffered and is continuing to suffer irreparable injury” and demanding punitive damages. I bet you can’t even remember this leak or this patch, so that seems a stretch for the most popular game in the world.

Source: PC Gamer, Polygon
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Robert Mann

So… basically “Here, try to build some stuff as everyone shoots at the few people engaging in that because this sounds like a perfect opportunity to get respawn griefing in!” AKA everything else done similarly, where people rush to do everything but leave others to enjoy a little fun first.

With a side of irony as they slowly try to circle back around hoping for something in the original formula to keep interest that is flagging. As others noted.

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Jon Wax

we are almost done with the pve part of it. was fun while it lasted. i think the impending nms update will bring fortnite to a close though. the pve isn’t persistant enough and the br is just nonsense. if they had gone with a more serious aesthetic and done some persistant world survival thing, they would have actually done something beyond a placeholder.

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Danny Smith

Tfw you bought into the game when it was a pve co-op monster madness with building
“h-hey we are adding more persistent game for building and fun with friends.”

IF ONLY SOMETHING LIKE THAT EXISTED ALREADY. OH. WAIT.

I’m more sarcastic than genuinely buttmad but boy if this aint a snake eatin’ its own tail eh?

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Jon Wax

i dunno man, i kept askin em for a long term, no storm persistant coop or hi number open world, meaning larrrrge open world, survival game with base building. if they ever broke the game up into faction warfare somehow, it’d prolly be interesting to play. as someone who is on the end of the pve part, it’s cool but it get really repetitive at the end. ditch the storm, let folks make teams, make the map waaaay bigger, make the ai waaaaay harder and you got a game.

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i mean that game you want sounds cool but it’s not really what they seem to have in mind for save the world and that’s fine.

they are adding a new chapter to teh story or something and a couple new heroes and shit so that’ll be interesting perhaps tho my group is no where near that content so doesn’t tickle me much other than to see they are still developing it somewhat so there’s that.

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Jon Wax

im kinda glad we are almost done. when we finished plankerton and the robot was all “so yeah… stories over… uh peace out!” it became apparent the mechanics and environment would burn out quickish. new stories and holiday weapons are cool but don’t really fit the bill these days. i think the playground mode is a step toward something persistant but meh… it was fun while it lasted. i think by the end of the weekend we are in the low 90s. really wasnt that hard. 2 man squad. few months. good game for the money.

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Sorenthaz

Epic has looked slimy for a long while now, so guess this isn’t surprising. They know that they managed to make lightning in a bottle and now they’re trying to grab whatever they can from it while desperately protecting their game and basically just keep throwing ideas at a dartboard hoping they’ll be able to keep the good times rolling.

’cause so far Battle Royales die within a year of them exploding in popularity. Fortnite exploded massively in like… February? So who knows how long this’ll last.

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Pepperzine

?‍♂️ I thought their handling of paragon was the complete opposite of slimy

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Sorenthaz

You must’ve missed what they were trying to do with their card system overhaul initially. Once they finally gave up on the game, yeah they handled it nicely in the end by making the assets free to use in their engine.

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