Fortnite has been out for over two years, but we caught a glimpse of an early Fortnite concept that Epic never used.
Fortnite Battle Royale was almost an accidental success from Epic Games. They took a lackluster tower defense shooter that had a niche audience and built it into one of the biggest video games of all time. All they had to do was add a battle royale format.
Way back in Chapter 1 Season 1, the Battle Royale portion of the game was still brand new. Many streamers were still stuck on PUBG and H1Z1 while a few pioneers jumped over to Fortnite for a change of pace.
During that time, Epic was experimenting with new ideas. One Fortnite player went back into the old v1.8 game files and found something that was never put into the game: Athena_Faceoff.
The area looks like a combination of the unnamed factories outside of Dusty Depot and the indoor soccer stadium that Epic eventually added for Season 2. The picture alone is enough to give you nostalgia when you see the old roads, trees, and grass.
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Some of the people in the comments have theorized that this could have been a scrapped game mode from Epic. The developer claims to always have had PvP ambitions for Fortnite, and some have even suggested that Capture the Flag or Team Deathmatch game modes were considered.
The old map was code-named ‘Athena’ in the game files while the new one is called ‘Apollo,’ so there’s nothing to suggest that this location will be here in future updates. It’s cool to think about what could have been, though, when you look back at an old design.
For now, all we can do is look forward to Chapter 2 Season 2. You can tell that things are getting a bit stale when a post about an old Fortnite update gets nearly 1,000 upvotes on the r/FortniteBR subreddit, but here we are.