Fortnite - 20 Things Stole From Other Games
Right now. Fortnite is completely under fire for having stolen features in chapter three, and while some I just flat out don't agree with, there are some that have a good argument, like the bandage bazooka, and this one's kind of tricky. The advantage bazooka reminds me of when it came out, as it was the first item to take up two inventory slots.
It was also one of the very first times that we were able to heal our teammates from halfway across the map. It was great, but it looks like Epic took at least a little inspiration when designing this thing, as Team Fortress 2 had a similar idea in the game for years. If you play as the medic, his secondary weapon is the medi-gun, and it's a bazooka that locks onto teammates and heals them.
It sounds a little familiar, but definitely not as blatant as sliding. One of chapter three's coolest new additions is, by far, the sliding feature. Games like Warzone and Apex Legends both have their own sliding mechanics that make mobility feel way quicker than Fortnite's running. But with Chapter 3, that isn't the case anymore.
We have epic copying, other games to thank, and remember that taking inspiration from other games isn't even that bad. I mean, Fortnite did web slinging better than the actual Avengers game, and you don't even have to steal from other people's work. Epics sometimes take ideas from themselves , like rooms.
Epic's own series of affinity blades had these exact runes as part of the storyline, and the language has been taken over and ported right into Fortnite. It's kind of disappointing, but we all know Donald Muster will find a way to give these runes some meaning in the future.
Not to mention, Epic also just stole the actual infinity blade from the games too, and that was way more devastating when it came out. Another thing people are controversially claiming Fortnite stole is tornadoes. 2042 came out. It was a feature that everybody was talking about, and it's no surprise that just a few months after it was first revealed, Fortnite Chapter 3 dropped with tornadoes.
This was especially pointed out on reddit's gaming subreddit where it got over 15 000 upvotes with the author saying Fortnite has absolutely no shame when it comes to copying other games. While some actually believe Fortnite straight up stole this from Battlefield, tornadoes have been around in plenty of other games like Just Cause 4, and not to mention developing a system like this takes months, it definitely wasn't taken from Battlefield. So, with that aside, another thing inspired by epics themselves was revived.
Once again we have an example of stealing from yourself, and that comes with one of Fortnite's core mechanics. Since day one, losing all your health has meant you get down and need to be revived by a teammate, but this entire mechanic, including the animation, was stolen straight from Gears of War, which Epic also made, but something that shocked Absolutely, nobody thought it was season six.
It's not often that an entire season of Fortnite feels stolen from something else, but back in Chapter 2 Season 6, that definitely seemed to be the case. We had a primal theme for the entire thing, which allowed us to get a new loofool wildlife and all kinds of new mechanics, but a lot of these mechanics felt kind of similar.
Being able to hold them above your head and gliding is something that the Zelda games made popular. Then we had wildlife around the map you could tame, get meat from, and have to avoid. Not to mention crafting and trading with NPCs. Trading was technically added in the season before and took influence from Minecraft villagers and the NPCs that you buy items from in Breath of the Wild, so what do you use to buy those items before that?
Well, it turns out that's also been stolen. Of course, I'm talking about gold. Back in Chapter 2 Season 5, not only were NPCS added, but an entirely new currency system was introduced as well as gold. While it's become a big part of the way we play Fortnite, it was secretly taken straight from Call of Duty: War Zone, which also has a currency system.
You collect money from chess pieces around the map and spend it on upgrades or even revive a downed teammate. You can also get bounties in Warzone, which tell you a player's location, and you need to hunt them down in return for money. Of course, this exact feature has been found in Fortnite ever since Chapter 2 Season 5, and it's a shameless rip-off for sure, but it's not just Warzone. Epic has been taking notes from one game which Fortnite has been keeping its eye on for a while, and that is Apex.
Legends anyone who's played Apex Legends and Fortnite on a regular basis has probably noticed a scary number of similarities. It's because both games take ideas straight from each other, and when it comes to epic taking things from apex legends, there's quite a few things that we use on a daily basis that wouldn't have happened without a little inspiration from Fortnite's competitor.
For starters, there is the reboot van system, which was inspired directly by Apex Legend's respawn feature, and it was added just a short time after Apex first came out. Then there were trios, which Apex was known for at the time, until Fortnite went ahead and added a trio mode into their lineup of playlists.
It keeps going because Epic also took the idea of vaults from Apex Legends. Back when they were very close competitors, Apex had vaults in the game where you could get insane loot, and of course, a few months later, Fortnite has vaults and key cards. It's no coincidence. But by far, the coolest thing Epic has taken from Apex Legends is the ping system.
One of the best features of Apex was that you could ping anywhere and alert your team without needing a mic. Fortnite added their own spin on it, which we still use to this day. A lot of the time, we think Fortnite stole something. It's anyone's guess, except there is something that is confirmed to be stolen, and that is the recycler.
If there is a perfect game to steal ideas from, it's going to be the one that deserves it, and that is Creative Destruction. The Recycler works exactly the same way as the Fortnite version does, so it's no surprise that Epic Games took that idea and released it during Chapter 2 Season 6.
It's kind of genius. Instead of getting angry over rip-offs, just use them as inspiration. It's perfect taking inspiration from competitors is always a great idea. Sometimes it could actually hurt, and that exact thing happened when Fortnite was stolen from us in 2021.
Fortnite stole among us
Now we all assume that Epic might have at least asked permission to steal this, but on the same day the imposter's mode was released, a few developers who worked on it among us called out Epic for stealing their game.