The latest Fortnite update version 4.5 launched yesterday, and with it the crew at Epic Games unveiled the new Playground LTM where players could get a taste for the game in a low-pressure environment. Unfortunately, user interest combined with the technical challenges of actually running the game mode resulted in matchmaking issues and general server instability, which ultimately lead to Epic Games pulling the game mode down. It's not back up just yet, but a recent update from the Epic Games team reassures fans that they're working on it.
According to an update regarding Playground LTM posted on the Fortnite Battle Royale subreddit, Epic games is "continuing to test improvements made to [their] matchmaking services," promising more updates and even a timeline on when the mode will be back up as soon as they have one.
We’ve made major improvements to our matchmaking service in order to handle the amount of you wanting to hop in the Playground LTM! We’re still testing these changes but are aiming to return this mode later today.— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) June 28, 2018
More details: https://t.co/3wvLvkKpQB
As for the problem itself, Epic representative J Shredz gave the following description of the causes behind the issue:
"When you make matches for every 1-4 people, it requires between 25x and 100x as many matches as normal per 100 people depending on their party size. Playground LTM launch was VERY popular and the poor matchmaker was trying to create and allocate matches faster than it could keep up with, so a backlog built up. This strained the system, which affected matchmaking times for regular game modes too. In order to preserve the base play experience, we took Playgrounds offline while we made improvements to the matchmaking system."
Hopefully it won't be too long before the Fortnite Playground LTM servers come back online, but in the meantime, players can check out all of the latest features and weapons in our guide to the Fortnite update version 4.5 patch notes.