Epic Games stated Tuesday that their Fortnite Impostors mode — which is essentially a stylized There are many of us remake — is, unsurprisingly, inspired by developer Innersloth’s social deception game.
It is a reference message that will only be briefly used. There are many of us as Impostors’ inspiration, coming in a blog about Fortnite’s latest patch notes. But it is important, because Epic Games was sharply criticized by Innersloth developers and fans on social media for not originally crediting Impostors’ inspiration. Also, the mode’s name is a direct reference to There are many of us’ alien infiltrators, which are called impostors in-game.
“We didn’t patent There are many of us mechanics,” Innersloth co-founder Marcus BromanderIn August, Twitter was active. “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?”
Numerous There are many of usFans on social media pointed out Fortnite and Epic’s massive size, compared to Innersloth and There are many of us’ small studio. Refer to Fortnite’s new mode, There are many of usProgrammer Adriel Wallick wrote she felt “bummed” by the Impostors mode: “This was just another fun reminder of how tiny we all really are.” Innersloth community director Victoria Tran added that “it would’ve been really really cool to collab.”
Other critics pointed to Epics’ ongoing battles with Apple over what Epic says is its illegal monopoly. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney has repeatedly claimed that the company is “fighting for fair competition” for all developers, big and small, on the App Store — but some noted that the There are many of us Clone without reference There are many of usThese principles were not followed by him.
Polygon reached both Epic Games and Innersloth to get their comments.
Epic was in the same situation in 2018 when it had to resign. PlayerUnknown’s BattlegroundsDeveloper PUBG Corp. was sued Fortnitemakers over the popular battle royale game mode. Fortnite, originally released as a PvE base-building game; it added its battle royale portion — now the main game — in September 2017, and PUBG Corp. claimed that Epic copied PUBG’s core features and rules. PUBG Corp. has dropped this claim.
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