In August, Epic Games announced and launched a new game mode for Fortnite called Impostors. Almost immediately, many noticed the glaring similarities between Impostors and Among Us, even going as far as using a similar map design, terminology, and basic gameplay structure and loop.
The Among Us developers were quick to express their disappointment in Epic’s plagiarized content, but now it’s finally been acknowledged by Epic months after the drama.
In a recent blog post detailing Fortnite’s 18.2 update, Epic finally acknowledged that they had been “inspired by Among Us“, stating:
“v18.20 brings improvements to Impostors, the game mode inspired by Among Us from Innersloth!”
This is the first time that Epic has publicly stated that Impostors was inspired by Among Us, despite releasing two months ago. Naturally, Among Us developers, Innersloth were not happy with Epic apparently blatantly copying and pasting several of their own ideas into Fortnite‘s Impostors mode. Players even perform similar tasks and call for meetings to figure out who the ‘impostor’ is.
While fans were divided on the game’s mode and the controversy surrounding the plagiarism issues, some pointed out that Fortnite‘s popularity was also based on the groundwork of other properties. Fortnite‘s admired battle royale mode, for instance, was heavily inspired by other battle royale games, but it launched around the time that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – another battle royale IP that arguably spearheaded the wave of battle royale modes in video games today – was at the height of its own popularity.
Both Fortnite and Among Us still retain sizeable and dedicated player bases, with new content being added in updates frequently. Fortnite‘s Impostors, on the other hand, has enjoyed a bit of success despite a divisive reception since its launch in August, some of which was stirred on by the controversy. It will be interesting to see whether or not Innersloth responds to Epic’s slightly delayed acknowledgement of their inspiration.
Source: Video Games Chronicle
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