What is Fortnite Impostors?
A new game mode, Impostors ties into the game’s overarching narrative. There’s the Imagined Order that’s been protecting the whole thing, apparently, and that’s who the default character model persona of Jonesy has been working for, right up until he decided to betray his fish and banana skin buddies. But… he can’t have been working alone!
The Impostors game mode is pretty simple. Up to ten players spawn into The Bridge, a new mode specific map, with each of the Agents having tasks to complete, from calibrating chests, to repairing the Battle Bus, delivering Storm reports, and so on. If everyone completes their tasks, it’s mission accomplished, and you win. However, two of the players are Impostors, running around and pretending to do tasks while waiting for an opportunity to kill an Agent, potentially distracting them will acts of sabotage. These include:
- Disable Assignments – Temporarily freeze progress on all Assignments, buying you precious time.
- Teleport Players – Relocate all Agents and Impostors to somewhere else on The Bridge, covering your tracks.
- Peely Party – For a short time, all Agents and Impostors look like Peely so you can blend in with the crowd!
If an Agent’s eliminated fragment is found, you can hit the panic button and start flinging wild accusations around to figure out who the impostors are and vote them out.
Hey! That’s just Among Us!
It is a mode that latches onto the popularity of Among Us, and seeks to bring it into Fortnite for a while. Among Us shot to popularity this time last year, with Inner Sloth’s 2018 game suddenly finding its take on the social deduction genre to be massively popular among Twitch streamers, and then (thanks to being very cheap) all of their viewers.
Copying happens literally all of the time in the realms of video games, whether it’s first person shooters all having recharging shields after Halo, or The Year of the Bow where every game had a bow and arrow in 2013, and Epic Games obviously have a bit of form in this regard. Fortnite was originally announced and released into early access as a co-op multiplayer game, but as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds found immense success through 2017, Epic cooked up a version of the battle royale genre and soon overtook PUBG to be the preeminent battle royale game. The rest – launching the Epic Games Store, buying up studios like Psyonix and MediaTonic, and kicking off lawsuits against Apple and Google – is history.
Of course, nothing is truly original anymore. Among Us was itself inspired by the party game Mafia (AKA Werewolf) for the gameplay elements, and the sci-fi horror film The Thing for its atmosphere. Still, it’s a bit cheeky for Epic to so blatantly lift an idea from a hugely popular game yet again, especially when InnerSloth was a studio of just three people until the end of last year.
Correction: We originally wrote that this was a limited time game mode. This was incorrect.