This week, Epic Video games added a brand new mode referred to as Impostors the place gamers full duties on a ship whereas two impostors sneakily attempt to teleport as many brokers off the ship as they will. If that feels like a well-recognized gameplay loop to you, you’re not the one one who feels that method — followers instantly observed that the mode borrows closely from Amongst Us, a social deduction sport that exploded in reputation in 2020 and was constructed by a tiny indie studio.
The crew at Innersloth, the builders of Amongst Us, are justifiably upset with Epic’s blatant repurposing of its hit sport. However regardless of the underhanded ways by Epic, Impostors’ polish and shocking connections to the ever-expanding Fortnite story could possibly be a preview of the way forward for Epic’s smash hit because it tries to be the final word reside service sport.
Whereas I’m not a fan of how liberally Epic borrowed from Amongst Us, once I’ve performed Impostors, I’ve discovered it fairly pleasurable largely as a result of it doesn’t mess with Amongst Us’ components. As an agent, you’ll full all types of rote duties which might be someway lots of enjoyable. Most of the duties have Fortnite-specific tie-ins, equivalent to punching a Peeley punching bag or tossing soda cups at a miniature Kevin the dice. And as an impostor, I did every part I might to sneakily take out my opponents, and I used to be in a position to take action whereas dressed as Ariana Grande.
Epic has really supplied an Amongst Us-like mode earlier than, called The Spy Within, however that was made by followers utilizing Fortnite’s in-game Inventive mode instruments. I personally thought it was clunky, and I solely performed a pair matches.
Impostors, alternatively, has Epic’s full would possibly behind it, which ensures the sport seems to be nice and performs effectively. I do know that I’ll come again to it plenty of occasions within the coming days. And Epic’s direct involvement with Impostors has an added bonus in that it ties instantly into the Fortnite universe.
The trailer for the mode, for instance, reveals that it takes place on a ship run by the Imagined Order — or the IO, which gamers would possibly acknowledge because the figuring out acronym of AI enemies you may encounter in the principle battle royale mode. And a few of the duties you full as an agent in Impostors, equivalent to filling up a treasure chest with goodies, appear to suggest that the folks on the ship are those making ready the principle battle royale island for each single drop.
I’ve been enjoying Fortnite virtually each day for greater than three years, so the added world-building in Impostors has been a pleasant shock. But it surely’s additionally a intelligent method to entice gamers again into the sport who could not care about battle royale as a lot anymore.
Lifting good concepts additionally isn’t actually a brand new technique for Epic; it’s simply essentially the most brazen latest instance. Fortnite really launched as a co-op survival sport, however Epic rapidly added the now-gargantuan battle royale mode following the large success of PUBG. Fortnite’s Inventive mode is Epic’s tackle video games like Minecraft and Roblox, the place gamers make their very own worlds.
Epic’s means to clone Amongst Us opens the door to different hand-crafted modes mimicking almost any style or widespread title. A Fortnite kart racer? A Fortnite technique sport? A Fortnite RPG? I wouldn’t be shocked if Epic made all or any of these in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later. And presumably, these hypothetical modes can be supplied free of charge proper contained in the Fortnite app you and 350 million registered gamers (as of April 2020) have already got, which means you would simply attempt them out simply by downloading the sport’s newest replace.
The Impostors mode additionally signifies that Epic is beginning to look previous rivals like PUBG and Apex Legends. Whereas Fortnite has been extra than simply its core battle royale mode for a while, with its spectacular concert events, the violence-free Get together Royale mode, and even in-game film screenings, Impostors suggests Epic might carry the most well-liked video games into Fortnite, too, to try to hold you from enjoying wherever else.
Simply as Netflix sees its key rivals as issues like Fortnite and TikTok, it seems that Epic now views Fortnite as competing with the rest that may command your time. To succeed in opposition to every part, the sport has to turn into every part — an impostor by and thru.