Fortnite’s new Impostors mode looks a lot like Among Us.
Epic Games has launched Fortnite: Impostors yesterday. This new mode copies the Among Us game mechanics. Epic Games released Among Us, a multiplayer game that was extremely popular at the beginning of the pandemic. However, Epic did not collaborate with Innersloth (the studio that made Fortnite) for the new Fortnite mode. The Among Us developers are shocked and disappointed that Epic has so openly copied their game with its social deduction gameplay and similar map.
“It would’ve been cool to collab,” said Victoria Tran, Innersloth community director. “Like game mechanics? Fine, they shouldn’t be gatekept, but at least different themes and terminology makes things more exciting?”
Gary Porter, a Fortnite developer, pointed out similarities between Fortnite’s map and Among Us. Porter joked on Twitter that “It’s okay even though they flipped electric and medbay, and connected security to the cafeteria.” “I was not there for Skeld’s development [the first Among Usmap], and I’m still kinda offended.”
Another developer at Among Us, Calum Underwood, deleted tweets he called “spicy Tweets” before inviting other game developers to join Among Us. Kotaku noticed that Adriel Wallick (a programmer at Innersloth) also shared a comic on art theft online.
Marcus Bromander (inner sloth founder) said that the company didn’t patent Among Us methods because “I don’t think that leads into a healthy gaming industry.” Instead, Bromander expects Epic to make more of it.
Epic’s Fortnite Impostors mode has taken the Among Us team completely by surprise. Even though it is only a temporary mode, These subtle hints of copying and theft come after small creators accused Epic of taking their work. Epic has faced years of legal complaints related to emotes that the company copied from children and independent artists without paying for them.
Epic’s decision to copy Among us comes months after its bitter legal battle against Apple. It’s a legal fight that Epic CEO Tim Sweeney has described as about “basic freedoms of all consumers and developers.” It’s not a great look if Epic is fighting for small developers in one sense but undermining them elsewhere.