The proximity voice chat feature in Fortnite's Imposter mode has been removed, according to Epic Games. The news was announced on the Fortnite Status Twitter account today. The proximity voice feature is no longer available, although voice chat can still be used.
It is unclear at this time if this is a temporary fix to an issue or if the removal will be permanent. The deletion received mixed reviews on Twitter; some users are sad that the feature is currently missing, while others point out that racist and toxic comments have recently become a serious concern.
If the removal is only temporary, Epic Games should let us know soon when it will be available again. The publisher, on average, resolves complaints fairly quickly. Hopefully Epic Games will clarify the decision in any case and provide a more comprehensive update than the one provided above.
Racism and toxicity have long been issues in online games, and it's likely Epic Games eliminated the feature to make the experience more enjoyable. However, unless we know the specific causes, all is speculation.
The addition of Imposters mode to Fortnite in August drew some obvious comparisons to Among Us. Imposters mode, like InnerSloth's game, has two players working behind the scenes to disrupt the rest of the group's intentions. Players can even reject someone if they think they are an impostor.
The mode's resemblance to Among Us was a significant disappointment for the team at InnerSloth, but there have been hints that the two games will feature some sort of official crossover in the near future. Fans will have to settle for Fortnite mode inspired by the real world for now!