Epic Games is launching a new social game called Fortnite’s Spy Within, which is the corporate version of popular social trigger titles like Werewolf and Among Us.
This new Fornite experience is based on the popular Fortnite Creative user-generated map, Spy Within, created by players / developers KKslider and Dolphin Dom. Many gamers might view this as predatory as Epic Games seeks to assert itself on the lawn of Among Us, a popular indie title. But it’s a familiar pattern as Among Us is based on the older Werewolf title, and Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode is based on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds design. Epic’s model is to develop Fortnite to be what it takes to hold onto its users as it becomes a kind of proto-metaverse.
Spy Within is a new limited-time event for the holidays.
While Among Us came out in 2018, it grew in popularity this year after streamers played the simple 2D game. And that inspired KKslider and Dolphin Dom to create a version in Fortnite that includes a section of the map where players can create their own environments for games called Fornite Creative.
In Spy Within, players are disguised as characters from Fortnite, the popular battle royale game that has had more than 350 million downloads. Spy Within has two players known as spies who try to eliminate other players in the space station without revealing their identities. You must do this before the rest of the crew (eight other players) do their jobs or vote out the spies.
Gamers can use Houseparty’s new Fortnite video chat feature to meet and find the spy. Epic Games acquired Houseparty as a synchronous personal social network with video communication on mobile devices and on the desktop.
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