Though it's been delayed for about a week, Fortnite's Playground mode is now freely available for everyone. Its full name being Playground LTM, where 'LTM' stands for Limited Time Mode, there are a few more features to this mode of play than one might expect from the get-go.
Firstly, as the name says, Playground LTM is a time-limited mode. The game allows up to four players to join on their own, private version of the game's vast island map and lets them go nuts for an hour. When the time's up - you're done. While this won't really allow for some incredibly intricate architectural accomplishments (which the game's build system doesn't favour much anyway), what it does do is open Fortnite up completely.
What is meant by this is that the players gain access to unlimited resources to build whatever they want, wherever they want and however they want so that they can interact with it in any possible and impossible way they might come up with.
Sounds pretty good, right?
In any case, Epic have noted that a number of matchmaking errors may occur from time to time, though once you're in, everything should be going along swimmingly. Additionally, it's been said that players ought to revert their region selection settings to 'auto select' which should alleviate the issues to some extent.
On the off chance that you encounter an error when looking for a match, just re-queue until a match is found, say Epic.
If a comparison should be drawn between Fortnite's Playground LTE and some other, previously released game or game mode, the old fan-favourite GMOD seems to be in the same ballpark. So don't expect an updated, less-blocky version of Minecraft, but simply a short-lived joyride to explode your way through.
Friendly fire is on, by the way, as are immediate and infinite respawns. You know that's all you really wanted all along.