Epic Video games launched Fortnite: Impostors yesterday, a brand new mode that copies the Amongst Us recreation mechanics. Whereas Amongst Us, the multiplayer recreation that soared in reputation in the beginning of the pandemic, was free on the Epic Video games Retailer not too long ago, 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 related map.
“It would’ve been really, really cool to collab,” said Victoria Tran, Innersloth group director. “Like game mechanics, fine, those shouldn’t be gatekept, but at the very least even different themes or terminology makes things more interesting?”
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 though they flipped electrical and medbay and connected security to the cafeteria,” joked Porter on Twitter. “I wasn’t even around for the development of Skeld [the first Among Us map] and I’m still kind 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 an alternative. Kotaku also spotted that Adriel Wallick, a programmer at Innersloth, additionally shared a comic in regards to the theft of artwork on-line.
We did not patent the Amongst Us mechanics. I do not suppose that results in a wholesome recreation trade. Is it actually that tough to place 10% extra effort into placing your individual spin on it although?
— Puff (@PuffballsUnited) August 17, 2021
Innersloth co-founder, Marcus Bromander, stated the corporate didn’t patent Amongst Us mechanics as “I don’t think that leads to a healthy game industry.” 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 crew 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 authorized complaints associated to emotes that the corporate copied from kids and impartial artists with out paying for them.
Epic’s selection to repeat Amongst Us additionally comes simply months after the corporate’s bitter authorized battle with Apple. It’s a authorized struggle that Epic CEO Tim Sweeney has described as about “basic freedoms of all consumers and developers.” It’s not an awesome look if Epic is preventing for small builders in a single sense, however undermining them elsewhere.