Fortnite concept art offers a behind-the-scenes look

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Concept art posted online by an Epic Games employee has given us a rare glimpse behind the curtain of the work that goes into creating the ever-evolving Fortnite battle royale.

Senior concept artist Gervasio Canda has shared dozens of artworks over the past few years, which caught the eye this week after fans started discussing one artwork in particular.

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The following illustration is the only one in Canda’s collection to depict a landscape that has not (to date) appeared in Fortnite. Are we studying the future of the game? Or, perhaps more likely, is this an area that Epic Games ultimately didn’t use?

This area seems inspired by Fallout, with obvious Russian influences. Although some artworks in Canda’s collection are heavily described, they are simply titled “Uninhabited Soviet Complex”.

Uninhabited Soviet complex.

It makes me wonder if there’s a connection between this and last fall’s battle pass character JB Chimpansky, a Soviet ape astronaut, and if that location would have popped up instead instead. Either way, in 2022, a war-torn Russian region seems unlikely to appear in the near future.

These different designs for the Sanctuary, Fortnite’s home for its Heroic Seven and their sidekicks, are also interesting. There are a few ideas – such as these spherical objects – that didn’t make it into the final game.

“It was a huge challenge to develop the architecture language for the existing Se7en characters in the game,” Canda wrote, “designing this new world where they live, how they build, evolve and survive.

“It was definitely a lot of testing and forms of testing along[side] great artists like Josh Marlow, Stephanie Ducasse and Debbie Yeo in concept art. It was great fun!”

This design shows Fortnite’s central primitive village, back in Chapter 2 Season 6. Eagle-eyed fans will notice an IO symbol on the central Spire structure, which didn’t appear during Season 6. -same.

Looking further afield, here’s a look at the Zero Point Desert from Chapter 2 Season 4. Here the general idea remained the same, although the central chasm didn’t extend that far and other all of Fortnite’s history have not re-spawned nearby.

Now let’s go back to the Marvel Season of Fortnite and take a look at the Sentinel Graveyard. These massive robot corpses existed on the final map, but not quite as dramatically.

Finally – just because I really like the designs – a piece of art from Chapter 2 Season 3, when Fortnite flooded its map. It ended up feeling very close to Canda’s vision.

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