It looks like the leaks were correct. Fortnite’s original map is gone, at least as far as anyone can tell. The game’s hyped-up The End event had a missile launch into the sky and trigger a massive amount of rifts, resulting in a meteor strike that appeared to wipe out the map and suck players into a void.
We don’t know what comes next, although DrLupo’s official stream ended with a mysterious eclipse or black hole in the distance. If you stayed in Fortnite you could play a mini game after that.
It looks like this is a transition to Fortnite Chapter 2, a major update to the game that includes a brand new map and fresh mechanics like boats. At this point, it does not look like the original map will survive. This might be a sad thing for many players. Many argue that the game could stand some variety. Its competitors are adding maps to their rotations, after all, hundreds of millions of gamers have enjoyed that first Fortnite map so it will feel like a loss if that original terrain is gone forever, no matter how strong the new one might be. I guess we will find out what is next soon.