Fortnite’s most anticipated mode, Playground, made its way to Fortnite for a few hours last week. Since then, the company has pulled back the mode and has decided to keep the community in check with the updates for the highly-sought after mode.
After numerous updates, it seems like the team at Epic Games still isn’t ready to handle the mode’s popularity due to system exhaustion. The team responsible for working on Fortnite said that they still have to investigate into how many players they could accommodate in their servers. Since Playground is based around giving players a lone server for them to play with their friends, it seems like the servers were exhausted as soon as the mode launched late last week. As soon as the mode launched, players found it hard to get into the mode with their friends as it often took more than 5 minutes just to find a server.
The folks over at Epic Games said;
We have some system performance goals that we believe are required in order to relaunch the Playground LTM. We’ve continued working towards these goals over the weekend and our most recent load tests look promising, but there are some anomalies in the data that we still need to understand. Aside from the scale tests, there are some other test scenarios we need to investigate. They highlighted that they still have to investigate
- Exhausting server capacity,
- Matchmaking queue back-pressure specific to the LTM,
- Recovering when new capacity is added, etc
It definitely seems like the the servers they had were overwhelmed by the flood as soon as players started to jump into the mode. Taking their words into account, it seems like the mode should take another week or two before the mode is relaunched. If so, I do think that the mode would lose a ton of its hype and potential.
Since Epic Games has been very clear about their updates and the way how they communicate with their community, Epic Games would definitely be aware of how players are feeling about the absence of the limited time mode. Hopefully the servers would go up soon. That’s all we could hope for now.