New Fortnite theory hints original Chapter 1 map may finally return soon

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Fortnite Chapter 1 map

[jwplayer so0eN9Pk]Fortnite’s game-changing ‘The End’ event ushered in Chapter 2 and transported players to an all-new map, though after four Seasons in the one location, we may finally be heading back to where it all started in the next major update.

At the end of Season X in October, 2019, Epic Games completely reset the state of Fortnite. Chapter 2 kicked off with updated visuals, tons of new mechanics, fresh loot, and of course, a new map. The map that players grew to love – codenamed ‘Athena’ – was left in the past.

A full year since that historic shift and the developers have been entirely focused on the Chapter 2 map – codenamed ‘Apollo.’ However, that hasn’t stopped them subtly teasing the original battleground here and there. Fans have been demanding the first map make its return and now, it could finally be happening.

In the midst of Season 4’s Marvel-themed storyline, Iron Man has been making some upgrades to the Battle Bus. If a new theory holds up, it could all be pointing towards a huge return to the original Fortnite stomping grounds.

‘The wormhole connection,’ Reddit user ‘SvenWillNeverDie420’ coined on October 1. “What we all thought was a black hole, turns out to be a wormhole.” Instead of last year’s world-ending event, what if the original universe was never sucked out of existence? We were all just transported elsewhere while the previous location still remains somewhere in the galaxy.

While this would be a nice sentiment on paper, there’s a surprising amount of evidence to back the theory. The workshop at the Stark Industries POI currently has upgrades being applied to the Battle Bus. However, a whiteboard in the background could be pointing towards this wormhole theory. 

A simple drawing of a wormhole could indicate that Tony Stark is upgrading the Battle Bus in order to travel through one in the near future. This could mean that we transport back to the original map at the end of this season. Though it could also hint that both maps will be playable in Season 5 thanks to a Battle Bus that can travel through at any point in time.

This theory is further backed by a tweet from Epic Games worldwide creative director Donald Mustard. “It’s ALL connected,” he teased back on August 22. “Pay attention. The story is about to kick into overdrive.”

Obviously, take this information with a grain of salt for the time being as it is purely a theory for now. The Fortnite community has been asking for the original map to make its return for quite some time. Perhaps it could finally be on the horizon as the next Season draws near.

Keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks. Fortnite Season 5 is expected to arrive on November 30; there’s still plenty of time for Epic to drop more teasers.

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