This week, Epic Video games added a new mode called 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 appears like a well-known gameplay loop to you, you’re not the just one who feels that approach — followers instantly seen that the mode borrows closely from Amongst Us, a social deduction game that exploded in recognition in 2020 and was constructed by a tiny indie studio.
The staff at Innersloth, the builders of Amongst Us, are justifiably upset with Epic’s blatant repurposing of its hit game. However regardless of the underhanded techniques by Epic, Impostors’ polish and shocking connections to the ever-expanding Fortnite story might be a preview of the way forward for Epic’s smash hit because it tries to be the final reside service game.
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’ method. As an agent, you’ll full all types of rote duties which are in some way plenty of enjoyable. Lots of the duties have Fortnite-specific tie-ins, comparable to punching a Peeley punching bag or tossing soda cups at a miniature Kevin the cube. 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 do so while dressed as Ariana Grande.
Epic has truly provided 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, on the different hand, has Epic’s full may behind it, which ensures the game seems to be nice and performs nicely. I do know that I’ll come again to it quite a lot of occasions in 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 may acknowledge as the figuring out acronym of AI enemies you’ll be able to encounter in the major battle royale mode. And a few of the duties you full as an agent in Impostors, comparable to filling up a treasure chest with goodies, appear to indicate that the individuals on the ship are the ones making ready the major battle royale island for each single drop.
I’ve been enjoying Fortnite virtually every day for greater than three years, so the added world-building in Impostors has been a pleasant shock. However it’s additionally a intelligent approach to entice gamers again into the game who could not care about battle royale as a lot anymore.
Lifting good ideas additionally isn’t actually a brand new technique for Epic; it’s simply the most brazen latest instance. Fortnite truly launched as a co-op survival game, however Epic rapidly added the now-gargantuan battle royale mode following the huge success of PUBG. Fortnite’s Creative mode is Epic’s tackle video games like Minecraft and Roblox, the place gamers make their very own worlds.
Epic’s capability to clone Amongst Us opens the door to different hand-crafted modes mimicking practically any style or well-liked title. A Fortnite kart racer? A Fortnite technique game? A Fortnite RPG? I wouldn’t be shocked if Epic made all or any of these in some unspecified time in the future in the future. And presumably, these hypothetical modes would be provided without spending a dime proper inside the Fortnite app you and 350 million registered gamers (as of April 2020) have already got, which means you could possibly simply attempt them out simply by downloading the game’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 concerts, the violence-free Party Royale mode, and even in-game movie screenings, Impostors suggests Epic might convey the hottest video games into Fortnite, too, to try to preserve you from enjoying anyplace 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 towards every part, the game has to turn into every part — an impostor by and thru.