Last Updated on April 3, 2022 by azamqasim
Along with an update for the controversial Impostors Mode in Fortnite, Epic finally credits Innersloth for its entire concept.
Well, we’re in for a treat. Who would have thought that a company would admit things that they would’ve been too stubborn to do? Epic Games seems to have buried the hatchet with Innersloth, admitting to the fact that their Fortnite Impostors Mode was “inspired” by Among Us. The acknowledgment was part of a blog post that detailed the game’s latest patch notes. According to the patch notes, Epic noted a bunch of changes that were made to Impostors Mode, followed by a clarification as to what influenced the concept in the first place. Tweets were even made over on Twitter, to which Innersloth, the actual makers of Among Us, responded enthusiastically when met with a possible collaboration. So just what does this all mean? Will there be an Among Us skin in the Fortnite Item Shop soon?
All of the shenanigans started when Impostors Mode was initially released back in August. Shortly after, the game mode was quickly called out by various members of the development team of Among Us, proclaiming that Fortnite’s new mode was an outright insult and a blatant copycat to their whole schtick without even trying to conceal it. Developers even pointed out the range of similarities between the two games, expressing the uncanniness of Impostor’s map design and overarching themes. Heck, even the terminologies that were used in Impostors Mode were more or less the same! The only thing that was left (which thankfully Epic didn’t do) to do was have an Among Us skin in the Fortnite Item Shop.
For those that want more context, Among Us is a 2018 indie game that broke out in 2020 amid the pandemic. Players get to run around ships and complete tasks to maintain the vessel that they’re in. During this time, there’ll be a randomly selected opponent who is tasked to kill everyone aboard the ship as stealthily and cunningly as possible. In regular intervals, players get to meet up together to vote on who they think the killer is. The problem lies in the fact that Fortnite’s Impostors Mode is almost the same thing.
While it’s fine to release a heavily inspired mode that’s an ode to Among Us, what’s not is the fact that Epic released the knock-off mode without even making an offer to collaborate with Inntersloth. There’s not even a thank you from them. This rubbed Innersloth the wrong way and even commented that while they chose not to patent the mechanics in Among Us to have a healthier game industry, it’s not that hard to put at least 10% more effort into putting a spin on something.
Fortnite has always had the problem of copying other people’s ideas without even crediting them. With an abundant history of crossovers and collaborations with other creators, the battle royale has made a reputation of being accused of outright plagiarizing the concepts of other people, whether it be in the form of game modes or emote dances.
What’s New in Fortnite Impostors Mode
In the v18.20 patch, slight improvements were brought over to Impostors Mode. As part of the update, the mode now has a Role Bias feature where players are allowed to assign a preference over whether they’d want to play as the Agent or the Impostor in the game. Do note that it’s unlikely to get guarantee your first choice every time though since there are eight Agents and only two Impostors in each round.
Impostors Mode will also feature a playlist that finally has open voice chat. This works similarly to Among Us’ voice chat function where players will be split into different channels based on whether they’ve been eliminated or not. This shouldn’t impact the folks that don’t bother to engage with other people in open chat though, since they can always enable their Quick Chat function.
With a post teasing a possible Fortnite and Among Us crossover sometime in the future, it’s not surprising to see an Among Us skin or emote in the Fortnite Item Shop one day. Fortnite is a game that has never really shied away from using pop culture references for monetary profit, but stealing things from other creators is where people draw the line.
While Innersloth was finally given credit, the lack of it thereof was still a disappointment to the majority of the developers. Epic still has a long way before they finally acknowledge the hard work of other content creators that they keep stealing ideas from, but in the meantime, that’ll have to do.
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