Members of the development team for the highly successful indie game Among Us have taken to social media to call out Fortnite’s new Impostor mode, which strongly resembles their game.
The new game mode, which pits eight Agents against two Impostors in a battle of wits and espionage, shares an uncanny similarity to Among Us in terms of gameplay and design. After the announcement – which Innersloth confirmed to IGN was not a collaboration between the two games – individual members of the indie studio took to Twitter to share their feelings on the situation.
Programmer Gary Porter was quick to point out some similarities between Fortnite’s Loop Control facility and Skeld – the first map to debut in Among Us. Innersloth co-founder Marcus Bromander, better known by his online name, PuffballsUnited added, “We didn’t patent the Among Us mechanics. I don’t think that leads to a healthy game industry. Is it really that hard to put 10% more effort into putting your own spin on it though?”
It’s okay tho they flipped electrical and medbay and connected security to the cafeteria. pic.twitter.com/XXVsJPpiXn
— Gary Porter (@supergarydeluxe) August 17, 2021
Among Us Community Director Victoria Tran said on Twitter “it would’ve been really, really cool to collab,” before going on to point out the seeming similarities in themes and terminology that the two games share.
Despite the team’s grievances with Fortnite’s new game mode, it’s not all doom and gloom for the indie studio. The team at Innersloth is working on a number of projects with other indie developers that feature Among Us collaborations. According to Callum Underwood of Robot Teddy, a video games consulting agency working with Innersloth, the studio has a number of stock contracts for the Among Us IP that developers can request to use for their games. Underwood encouraged others to reach out should they want to do an Among Us collaboration in the future.
like game mechanics fine, those shouldn’t be gatekept, but at the very least even different themes or terminology makes things more interesting? 😕
— Victoria Tran 🧋 (@TheVTran) August 17, 2021
Aside from its current collaborations, Innersloth recently revealed its 2021 roadmap for Among Us which you can check out in the video below. For more on the game, make sure to read through our Among Us review where we gave the game 9/10, saying that it, “successfully transfers the devious gameplay of in-person cloak-and-dagger games to video game form.”
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN who can often be found sabotaging his friendships across a range of cloak-and-dagger games. You can follow him on Twitter.