Is The Old Fortnite Map Coming Back?

Is The Old Fortnite Map Coming Back?
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Written by 

Tom Chapman

Published 

14th Jul 2021 13:41

The old motto of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" doesn't really apply in the frantic battlefield of Fortnite. Everyone has their favourite locale from days gone by, but with maps being tossed aside like nobody's business, players are rightly asking whether the OG Fortnite map will ever return. 

With Epic Games dishing up new maps with every season, it's sometimes hard to keep track of what's going on. While it used to be a case of picking Pleasant Park, Loot Lake, or Moisty Mire and leaping off the Battle Bus, it's now a struggle to remember what's Salty Springs, Colossal Coliseum, and Holly Hatchery.

There have been a lot of calls for the old Fortnite map to come back, but is it just a pipe dream?

Is The Old Fortnite Map Coming Back?

Fortnite Season 1
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As each season of Fortnite comes to an end and the centre of the map irrevocably changes, players look for a hint of what the potential endgame is and throw around theories that the original Fortnite map will come back. Notably, Chapter 2 Season 6 looked like it was going to bring big change. The start of the Primal season saw us ripped through different realities before settling on the Dino-themed map of bows and arrows.

Season 7 has headed up into the skies with an alien-themed season and seemingly moved the story away from the classic Jonesy investigating the Zero Point narrative. Elsewhere, the tie-in Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point comic ended with another big bad - which also takes us in a new direction. Although there are persistent rumours we'll tie back to the early days with the return of The Seven, we're not quite there yet.

Interestingly, Season 7 has confirmed that when the Kymera took the Spire, it unsealed The Foundation and blasted him into the water. This teased that the leader of The Seven could be on his way back into our lives. If this is the case, we could be working toward a Chapter 2 finale that unveils the old Fortnite map.

How the old Fortnite map could return

Fortnite The Foundation
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There's a simple solution that could satisfy everyone. We covered the idea of how a Fortnite Hall of Fame would allow players to revisit fan-favourite locales that have kicked the bucket, or even jump off the Battle Bus into whole maps that are preserved how they used to be.

Obviously, there are logistical nightmares of bringing back old maps in any form. Just like Raven Software confirmed the original Verdansk map from Call of Duty: Warzone is gone forever, it's not as simple as dusting off the old Fortnite map and adding it back into the game. Things have changed a lot in terms of graphics, and we also need to remember that Fortnite now supports ray tracing.

Even though it's only been a  few years since we first played Fortnite, graphics and glitches are sure to be stumbling blocks in resurrecting the old map, so is it really worth it for a bit of fan nostalgia?

Should the old Fortnite map return?

Fortnite Hall of Fame
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There are lots of arguments for and against the old Fortnite map coming back, with even the likes of Tyler "Ninja" Blevins and Ali “SypherPK” Hassan discussing the idea. Then again, Fortnite pros and casual players alike have reminded us that the OG map wasn't all that big. As well as being much smaller than the ever-expanding Chapter 2 map, roads weren't exactly well-connected, and you could die simply by falling into the water.

Sure, playing the old Fortnite map might be fun for a Chapter 2 live event similar to the on-rail Galactus battle from Chapter 2 Season 4, but it's likely just a novel idea. A limited-time trip back to the map of old could be a nice throwback, however, the longer we play on it, the more those old complaints will rear their head.

Ultimately, we're probably heading toward a similarly massive overhaul with Chapter 3. We're currently in our 17th season of Fortnite, and following the formula of Chapter 1, everyone is expecting Chapter 2 Season X to be another colossal change of pace. If this is the case, will everyone be asking for the Chapter 2 map to return in the near future? As with all things Fortnite, watch this space.

 

Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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