Earlier today, Epic Games unveiled Fortnite’s new Imposters mode. This seems to be a great inspiration from Among Us. This similarity was not overlooked by Inner Sloth, the developer of the latter game, and especially Victoria Tran, the team’s community manager. Tran used Twitter to air a disappointment that Epic Games didn’t reach out to offer an official collaboration. Given the fact that Fortnite is known for providing crossover content, it’s a bit embarrassing to make a decision. There’s no doubt that many fans of Among Us and Fortnite liked the official crossover, and it’s possible that both games benefited.
Tran’s tweet about the new Fortnite mode is embedded below.
Like the mechanics of the game, they shouldn’t be gate-keeping, but at least even different themes and terms make things more interesting? 😕
— Victoria Tran 🧋 (@TheVTran) August 17, 2021
In the tweet, Tran doesn’t specifically mention Fortnite or Epic Games, but it’s pretty clear what she’s referring to. Tran quickly said he didn’t think he needed to “gate-keep” the game mechanics. In other words, there is no problem with the mode itself. In the past, publishers like Sega have successfully trademarked game mechanics, preventing others from creating similar games and modes. However, the fact that Fortnite’s mode uses exactly the same terminology as Among Us makes “homage” a bit more explicit.
Despite its huge success last year or so among us, InnerSloth is still a very small indie developer and is currently struggling to meet the demand for more content from players. Fortnite, on the other hand, is one of the largest games in the world, and collaboration will shine a big spotlight among us. It’s easy to understand how disappointing this is and how Fortnite’s new mode missed a huge opportunity.
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