One of the most popular Battle Royale games, Fortnite recently announced a new game mode called Impostors in a tweet.
The mode is a classic game of deception, where players must work together to eliminate an unknown threat before they themselves are eliminated. The most popular game embodying this concept is Among Us, which took the internet by storm last year when quarantines and lockdowns were becoming more prevalent around the world in light of the pandemic. The game made its way out of obscurity on Steam and mobile, and even landed a spot on the Nintendo Switch eShop.
Fans of Among Us are not lost to the coincidence, though, and have taken to calling Fortnite Impostors a “rip-off” of Among Us. Further investigation by fans revealed that there are even similarities between the new Fortnite map and the classic map featured in Among Us — The Skeld.
Could Epic Games get in trouble? Well, probably not. The co-founder of the Among Us development team, InnerSloth, stated in a tweet that they didn’t patent any of the Among Us game mechanics — though they seemed unimpressed at the blatant copycatting.
Of course, patenting game mechanics would be pretty problematic, as it would prevent entire game genres like Metroidvanias or Rogue-likes from existing. Still, it leaves a sour taste in the mouths of many.
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