Fortnite adds a new mode that's basically Among Us

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Fortnite now boasts its own version of one of the pandemic's hottest games.

Fortnite-maker Epic just introduced into the game a new limited-time mode called Impostors; it follows the hit format that sent Among Us to Twitch's front page — and Congress — during the pandemic's earlier days.

Up to 10 people can play the new Impostors game mode simultaneously, divided into two competing factions: agents and... impostors. Eight agents work to complete tasks around the new map before the two impostors can sabotage their efforts by eliminating agents and undoing their work. And because it's Fortnite, you can also teleport players randomly around the map and turn everyone into a banana.

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The game takes place in a new interior map location that properly conjures the claustrophobic paranoia that makes the social deception-style game intense to play and fun to watch. During each round, the players come together to vote on who they think is secretly working against the agents, which generally leads to a lot of spicy conversation. Players can stick with a smaller group (by picking the private game mode) if they'd like to keep things intimate.

Happily, you can still try it out if you don't have a group of friends to play with, though this kind of game works best with people you know. While public voice chat is off in the new mode, players in open matches can communicate through a quick chat box and the game's emotes to vote on who they think has infiltrated the group.

It's too early to say if Fortnite's Among Us clone will take off in the same way as the game that inspired it, or how long it'll stick around. But considering that Fortnite is still one of the most popular games in the world, a new hit whodunnit game mode that's eminently streamable is just icing on the cake.

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