Much like Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, the multiplayer game Among Us has taken the world by storm this year as gamers look for a distraction from current events. The game is so popular, in fact, that the developers have decided to cancel the sequel in order to concentrate more on the original title.
The great thing about Among Us is that it was released by game studio InnerSloth in June of 2018 and didn’t get a surge in popularity until this year, when content creators from South Korea and Brazil started playing it.
Among Us can be played online or via local WiFi with four to 10 players. In the game, you attempt to complete tasks, but one or more players are an Impostor(s) trying to kill everyone.
The Crewmates can win the game by completing all the tasks before getting killed or by discovering and voting the impostor(s) off the ship. The Impostor(s), meanwhile, can use sabotage to cause chaos, making for easier kills and better alibis.
“Us devs have had several long discussions about what we want to do with the game,” said InnerSloth co-founder PuffballsUnited (aka Marcus Bromander). “The main reason we are shooting for a sequel is because the codebase of Among Us 1 is so outdated and not built to support adding so much new content.”
He added: “However, seeing how many people are enjoying Among Us 1 really makes us want to be able to support the game and take it to the next level. We have decided to cancel Among Us 2 and instead put all our focus into improving Among Us 1.”
That’s good news for fans of the first game. “All of the content we had planned for Among Us 2 will instead go into Among Us 1. This is probably the more difficult choice because it means going deep into the core code of the game and reworking several parts of it. We have lots of things planned and we’re excited to bring new content to everyone as you continue to enjoy playing!”
He says that they are working on figuring out the server issues, as it is often difficult for players to get into lobbies. They will also be adding colorblind support and a friends/account system.
But most exciting is probably that a new map is on the way. Currently there is the spaceship (The Skeld), a headquarters building (Mira HQ), and the planet base (Polus).
PuffballsUnited says the new stage “is still very early and we have only just begun designing the layout. The theme has been settled on though! The next stage in Among Us is going to be a Henry Stickmin themed location!”
The game is currently available for crossplay between Android, iOS and PC. You can watch some of the previously-released videos for the game below.