Fortnite fans have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Epic Games has finally confirmed that the next season of Fortnite, which will start on November 3, will bring back the original Chapter 1 map that was destroyed by a black hole in 2019. This means that players will be able to revisit classic locations like Greasy Grove, Pleasant Park, Retail Row, Anarchy Acres, Fatal Fields, and more.
The announcement came in a cryptic tweet from the official Fortnite account, which read: “Sprint (or Mantle, your choice) back to Chapter 1.” The tweet also included a teaser image of the Season 5 logo, which resembles the one from Chapter 1 Season 5, with a rift in the middle.
The return of the Chapter 1 map is part of a time travel theme for Season 5, which is expected to last only one month before Chapter 5 begins in December. According to reliable Fortnite leakers HYPEX and Shiina, the time travel plot is connected to the villain of the current season, Kado Thorne, who has been using a time machine to alter the course of history. Players have been helping him steal and transport the time machine to Frenzy Farm, where it will presumably activate and send everyone back to the past.
LEAK: The Chapter 1 map is RETURNING in Chapter 4 – Season 5 🔥— Shiina (@ShiinaBR) October 10, 2023
The season will have OLD models & guns. It will be insanely fast-paced and has constant map changes until the end of November.
I can confirm this information together with @HYPEX & @FBRsections. pic.twitter.com/7Q3PNqylKG
However, the Chapter 1 map will not be exactly as players remember it. Epic Games has reportedly made some changes and additions to the map, such as ziplines for Zero Build players, and an old school loot pool that will feature weapons and items from previous seasons. Moreover, the map will not stay static, but will change frequently over the course of the season, reflecting major events and updates that happened throughout Chapter 1. This means that players can expect to see things like meteors, rifts, volcanoes, monsters, mechs, and more.
The nostalgia trip will not last long, though. Season 5 is rumored to end with a massive live event that will destroy the Chapter 1 map once again and usher in a new era for Fortnite with Chapter 5. What awaits players in the next chapter is still unknown, but some speculate that it could involve a Mario Kart style racing mode or a Lego collaboration.
Fortnite Season 5 will launch on November 3 at 4 AM ET / 9 AM BST / 10 AM CEST. Players can download the update on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC. Are you excited to go back to the Chapter 1 map? Let us know in the comments below!