Fortnite: the Spider-Man skin is coming, according to a leaker

Fortnite: the Spider-Man skin is coming, according to a leaker


Among the numerous superheroes that have arrived in the Royal Battle of Fortnite in the form of skins and cosmetic items, one in particular is missing and is much desired by Marvel fans. Obviously we are talking about Spider-Man. However, things could change soon, according to the latest discovery of the well-known leaker HYPEX.

Thanks to datamining, the leaker has in fact discovered an object in the game files that could indicate the possible arrival of the wall climber in the title by Epic Games in the coming weeks. Specifically, the element discovered by Hypex has the code name "WestSausage", which in his opinion should however identify "Web Slinger". To confirm his hypothesis is the presence in the file of the words "Swing Attach Location" "Swing Detach Time", "Swinging", "Swing Accelerate" and "Swing Jump", which would seem a reference to the movements and stunts performed by Spider- Man with his cobwebs.

Obviously similar rumors are always taken with caution, even when they come from a reliable source such as Hypex. However, this possible leak comes just a couple of months after the theatrical debut of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Will it be just a coincidence? To find out, we just have to wait.

In the meantime, yesterday Epic Games admitted that it was inspired by Among Us for the impostor mode of Fortnite, after the numerous criticisms and accusations of plagiarism of the past months.

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The 'Fortnite' X 'Among Us' Beef Explained As Game Developers Call Ceasefire

The respective teams behind Fortnite and Among Us seem to have patched things up, following their feud earlier this year and are even teasing an upcoming collaboration.

For context, Fortnite launched a new game mode back in August 2021, entitled 'Impostors'. The basic premise of this is that 10 players will gather in a secret IO facility and must complete various tasks that are dotted around the environment. Complicating matters somewhat, the group will be infiltrated by a pair of double agents, who will attempt to stealthily pick off everybody else while deflecting the blame onto innocent parties.

At any point, the team can call an impromptu meeting to smoke out these impostors and vote on who they want to eject from the base. At launch, communication was limited to set phrases and emotes, but voice chat has now been enabled in certain lobbies, so you will have to hone your persuasive rhetoric if you want to succeed.

At first glance, the Impostors mode might look like just any other social deduction game. After all, the genre has experienced something of a boom in recent years - with titles like Werewolves Within and Unfortunate Spacemen – and it even predates the medium to a certain extent with parlor games like Mafia.

The 'Fortnite' and 'Among Us' Controversy Explained

While the social deduction category is certainly rife with popular releases, Fortnite's Impostors mode bears more than a passing resemblance to Among Us.

As was pointed out back in August, Impostors recycles much of the same terminology from Among Us (including the 'impostor' label itself), as well as the same discussion mechanics and even a similar map layout.

InnerSloth, the team behind Among Us, felt that some of this overlap was a little too familiar and took to social media to express their frustrations. In response to a tweet asking if the developers had even been approached by Epic about this new mode, the game's official Twitter account simply posted a sad face emoji.

Meanwhile, community director Victoria Tran posted a series of tweets in which she addressed the situation head-on. When the Impostors mode debuted in Fortnite, she wrote: 'it would've been really, really cool to collab', suggesting that InnerSloth were not involved in any respect.

Tran later confirmed this to PC Gamer, adding that the team found out about the Impostors update at the exact same time as everybody else.

She also clarified that, in her view, it is perfectly acceptable for creators to make their own social deduction games, but that they should put their own stamp on the genre. She continued: 'like game mechanics fine, those shouldn't be gatekept, but at the very least even different themes or terminology makes things more interesting?'

These sentiments were echoed by Marcus Bromander (aka Puffballs United), co-founder of InnerSloth. In his tweet on the controversy, Bromander said: 'We didn't patent the Among Us mechanics. 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?

Likewise, programme Adriel Wallick shared a meme about the Impostors mode, in which a crudely drawn animated character (standing in here for Epic Games) takes credit for somebody else's work.

While the situation never escalated to public legal action or the word 'plagiarism' being used, there was clearly a lot of bad blood here.

Epic Games and InnerSloth Bury the Hatchet and Tease New Crossover

For their part, Epic Games never really addressed the controversy until yesterday morning (October 12) when - in their V18.20 patch notes for Fortnite - they finally conceded that Impostors was inspired by Among Us.

They later followed this up with a separate acknowledgement over Twitter and tagged the official Among Us account into the thread. The two developers then had a cryptic exchange over the social media platform, which appeared to suggest that they are now on much friendlier terms.

There was also the implication that they might be working together on some kind of crossover project. The Fortnite account wrote: 'We never got to talk about how you inspired us. What do you think about working on something fun together sometime?'

Before any more details could be unveiled, the conversation supposedly moved into the accounts' 'DMs'. Obviously, any partnership like this would have been planned out ahead of time (behind closed doors), so this is not really the spontaneous conversation it has been made out to be.

Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see what is in store for both Among Us and Fortnite in the future.

In other Fortnite news, Epic Games has recently updated its refund process for the items purchased in the game. More details about this can be found here.

Image shows the keyart for 'Fortnite's' Impostors mode. Epic Games has recently acknowledged that the social deduction game was inspired by 'Among Us'. Epic Games