Epic Video games launched Fortnite: Impostors yesterday, a brand new mode that copies the Among Us game mechanics. Whereas Amongst Us, the multiplayer recreation that soared in popularity in the beginning of the pandemic, was free on the Epic Games Store lately, Epic didn’t collaborate with Innersloth, the studio that created Amongst Us, for the brand new Fortnite mode. The builders behind Amongst Us are clearly stunned and sad that Epic has copied their recreation so blatantly, with social deduction gameplay and a really comparable map.
“It will’ve been actually, actually cool to collab,” said Victoria Tran, Innersloth group director. “Like recreation mechanics, effective, these shouldn’t be gatekept, however on the very least even totally different themes or terminology makes issues extra attention-grabbing?”
Gary Porter, a developer for Amongst Us, additionally identified the similarities between the map that Fortnite makes use of and Amongst Us. “It’s okay although they flipped electrical and medbay and related safety to the cafeteria,” joked Porter on Twitter. “I wasn’t even round for the event of Skeld [the first Among Us map] and I’m nonetheless form of offended.”
Calum Underwood, one other developer on Amongst Us, tweeted and deleted what he referred to as “spicy tweets,” earlier than then inviting other game makers to collaborate with Amongst Us as a substitute. Kotaku also spotted that Adriel Wallick, a programmer at Innersloth, additionally shared a comic concerning the theft of artwork on-line.
We did not patent the Amongst Us mechanics. I do not assume that results in a wholesome recreation business. Is it actually that onerous to place 10% extra effort into placing your individual spin on it although?
— Puff (@PuffballsUnited) August 17, 2021
Innersloth co-founder, Marcus Bromander, mentioned the corporate didn’t patent Amongst Us mechanics as “I don’t assume that results in a wholesome recreation business.” As a substitute, Bromander anticipated Epic to place extra effort into their very own spin on it.
Epic’s Impostors mode in Fortnite has clearly taken the Amongst Us group abruptly, even when it’s solely a brief mode within the recreation. The not-so-subtle hints at copying and artwork theft right here come after small creators have accused Epic of stealing their work up to now. Epic has confronted years of legal complaints associated to emotes that the corporate copied from youngsters and unbiased artists with out paying for them.
Epic’s alternative to repeat Amongst Us additionally comes simply months after the corporate’s bitter authorized battle with Apple. It’s a authorized battle that Epic CEO Tim Sweeney has described as about “primary freedoms of all shoppers and builders.” It’s not an important look if Epic is combating for small builders in a single sense, however undermining them elsewhere.