Fortnite Gets Rewound: OG Map Returns in New “Reload” Game Mode

Get ready to drop in, loot up, and battle it out on familiar ground! Epic Games just announced a brand new game mode called “Fortnite Reload” that brings back the beloved original Fortnite map with a fresh twist.

What is Fortnite Reload?

While details are still emerging, the Fortnite Reload trailer paints a picture of a fast-paced, “Mini Battle Royale” experience. Ten squads of four players will parachute onto a condensed version of the OG map, packed with your favorite points of interest (POIs) like Tilted Towers, Pleasant Park, Retail Row, and Loot Lake.

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When Can I Play?

According to reliable leakers, Fortnite Reload is set to arrive with the summer update dropping on June 22nd. That means OG Fortnite fans have less than a day to gear up and prepare for a glorious trip down memory lane. Stay tuned, as more details are expected to surface before the update hits tomorrow.

How Does It Work?

Here’s where Fortnite Reload throws a twist on the classic Battle Royale formula: When you get eliminated, you won’t be spectating for long. Instead, a personal reboot timer kicks in, allowing you to jump back into the fight after a short wait. This timer starts at 30 seconds and gradually increases to 40 seconds as the match progresses.

But wait, there’s more! Your remaining teammates can actively reduce your reboot timer by taking down opponents. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Down an enemy – 2 seconds off your timer
  • Eliminate an enemy – 4 seconds off your timer
  • Wipe an entire squad – 10 seconds off your timer

This strategic layer adds a whole new dimension to teamwork. Do you prioritize reviving a teammate or focus on eliminating opponents to get them back in the fight faster? The choice is yours!

Classic Map and Loot Pool

The Fortnite Reload trailer showcased a number of those unforgettable POIs that had players hooked in the early days of Fortnite:

  • Tilted Towers
  • Pleasant Park
  • Retail Row
  • Sandy Sheets
  • Lazy Laps
Fortnite Reload
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The vibe extends beyond the map. Epic Games has confirmed that the loot pool in Fortnite Reload will be heavily influenced by the ultra-successful OG Fortnite season. Expect to see the return of the Heavy Assault Rifle, the OG Heavy Shotgun, and many more weapons that defined the early days of Fortnite.

With the return of the OG map, a unique take on revives, and a nostalgic loot pool, Fortnite Reload promises an experience that will reignite the passion of longtime players. Stay tuned for more details as we approach the launch date!