The new Fortnite Impostor mode looks suspiciously similar to Among Us

Fortnite Impostor
Fortnite Impostor (Image credit: Epic)

What you need to know

  • Fortnite is a free Battle Royale mode game that's popular on many platforms.
  • Epic Games announced a new game mode, Impostors, which embraces the style of games of deception.
  • This game mode has been revealed to be increasingly similar to the popular deception game, Among Us.

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.

What do you think of this new development? Let us know in the comments!

Nadine Dornieden

Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.