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Among Us (also known in the Apple App Store as Among Us!) is an online multiplayer science-fiction/social deduction murder mystery game created by Innersloth that runs on the Unity Game Engine. It was released on June 15, 2018, on iOS, Android, and was later released on Steam on August 18, 2018. On December 15, 2020, a Nintendo Switch edition was released, which is available on the console's Nintendo eShop. The game is soon coming to Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S sometime during 2021.[1] The game is set on one of three locations—a spaceship, above-earth base or planet base which contains a group of crew members, among which are up to three Impostors who have to Sabotage the ship/base/planet and kill off the Crew. Crewmates have to complete their chosen tasks, report bodies of other Crewmates who are killed, and initiate emergency meetings if they witness An Impostor doing something incriminating.

By 2020, Among Us was considered by Innersloth to be a complete game, and as of June 11, 2020, MIRA HQ and Polus, which were previously paid for, were released for free for players playing both on PC and iOS/Android to host. The game gained an increase in popularity in 2020 due to famous Twitch streamers and YouTubers playing it. A sequel, titled Among Us 2, was announced by Innersloth on August 18, 2020, and was scheduled to be available by 2021 but was canceled in September. Work will instead improve the original game due to the unexpected popularity of the original Among Us. Also, many forms of merchandise, such as T-shirts and toys, have been announced and launched.

Overview

Among Us can either take place on a spaceship in outer space, a building high in the Earth's atmosphere, an alien planet, or an airship. There are two types of roles: The Impostors and the Crewmates. There can be a total of ten players in an online game, with up to three Impostors. The Impostors' objective is to eliminate players and Sabotage using either aggressive, defensive, or passive tactics before the Crewmates complete all of their tasks or discover everyone's true identity. The Crewmates' objective is to complete all of their tasks while figuring out who The Impostors are. All tasks are mainly visual and provide a fine user-friendly interface for players of all levels and ages.

History

See also: Version history

Gameplay

See also: How to Play

An Impostor (White) killing a Crewmate (Blue), but another Crewmate (Pink) witnesses the death.

Among Us is a murder mystery game that can take place either in a spaceship named "The Skeld," the headquarters of the company MIRA, or a research base on the planet Polus. Among the players, one to three will be randomly chosen as Impostors, who need to blend in and kill the Crewmates. The Crewmates' goal is to complete tasks in the form of mini-games, such as fixing wiring, emptying garbage, or swiping an ID card, all the while having the goal of finding out who The Impostors are and voting them out. Impostors can Sabotage the map, which results in either a problem that will cause the Crew an inconvenience until fixed (e.g., turning off the lights, which affect the vision of the Crew, and messing up the Communications, which disables several useful features for the Crew and at the same time); or even a severe problem which gives the Crew an important task that must be completed under a time limit (such as depletion of the oxygen aboard the ship or meltdown of the reactor inside). The Impostors' goal is to kill off enough Crewmates for an equal amount of Impostors and Crewmates left, which results in a win for The Impostors as they theoretically could not be voted out. They are able to do this using the aforementioned sabotaging mechanic, though their main strategy is to directly murder each and every member one by one.[21]

The voting screen, where the players can discuss who is The Impostor and vote in the person whom they consider suspicious.

Players can interact with various useful resources, such as a camera system, a sensor, an administration panel, and a vitality machine, which can help crew members catch An Impostor killing a player or entering the vent. When a player finds a dead body, they can report it, which pauses the game and leads to a discussion where people can interact to find out whom The Impostor is by addressing evidence found with deaths, where they can vote for a person they think is The Impostor. The player with the most votes will be ejected from the map and show whether they are An Impostor (if the Confirm Eject option is activated). Also, if they are unsure, players can skip the vote, and if the majority has skipped, no one will be ejected. This also occurs when the number of options is equal; that is, it is considered a tie.[21]

When a player dies, they will become a ghost, who can explore the map without colliding with the walls. However, they are not visible to the living Crew and can only be seen by other ghosts. Their communication system is limited, as they can only interact with other dead or ejected players, and they cannot resolve Sabotage. If they are a Crewmate, they can still complete tasks. In the same way, Impostor ghosts can still Sabotage to disrupt the Crewmates who are still alive. Before a game starts, players can configure certain game options, such as the number of Impostors, speed, map, kill cooldown, among others. They can also customize their character with cosmetics, such as colors, skins, hats and pets.[21]

Character Customization

Main article: Cosmetics


Colors

Players can choose from a total of 12 colors. These include Red, Blue, Green, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Black, White, Purple, Brown, Cyan and Lime. There are two extra colors (Fortegreen and Tan) that are/were in the game but are currently inaccessible by players. Players may also choose from different skins, hats and pets to alter cosmetic appearance.

Skins

Skins were added in 2019, including several clothes like police, white hat, military, captain, etc. New skins were also added during the MIRA HQ release: one for chemists and one for security and the Polus map launch: one in cold clothing and the other in mining. The skins, including hats, require payment on the mobile version. On PC, they are available after purchasing the game. When the two maps were released, each map's exclusive skins were only obtained after purchasing it. The skins for both maps were still premium.

Hats

Hats were added in the 2018.10.10 version of the game, which included several hats for players to customize the character, such as caps and masks, Halloween, or Christmas hats. There were new hats in the Halloween updates, such as Jason's mask, demon horns, a knife, etc. It also received new hats in the special Christmas updates, such as a Santa Claus hat, antlers, among other different hats.

In version 2019.5.28, new hats were added, including five hats for free and a paid pack of eight hats on mobile and free on computer. On 2020.6.11, new hats were added, such as the balloon hat, masks, and tufts among others.

Pets

Added in update 2019.6.12, pets are small creatures that will follow the player around. Each pet also has unique animations and reactions to its "owner" dying. As of now, there are a total of 11 different pets available.

Maps

The Skeld

Main article: The Skeld

The Skeld is the first map of Among Us, also becoming the only free map in the game before June 2020. The Skeld is set within a turtle-shaped spaceship, which the Crewmates used to travel around outer space. Crewmates must complete tasks on the ship and figure out who each Impostor is.

MIRA HQ

Main article: MIRA HQ

MIRA HQ is the second map released in Among Us. Unlike the others, the map was released as paid content and is set on a sky base, rather than a spaceship. The map was officially announced on August 3, 2019, and was released to the public on August 8, 2019.[22][23] Unlike The Skeld, Impostors can freely roam around vents that are not adjacent to a specific vent.

Polus

Main article: Polus

Polus is the third map of Among Us, announced on November 1, 2019, and released on November 12, 2019. It takes place in a research base on the rocky, purple planet of Polus. This map features similarities to both The Skeld and MIRA HQ while also having its features. Due to being a terrestrial planet, there are no ventilation systems on the planet, but rather holes. This map is also currently the largest in Among Us.

The Airship

Main article: The Airship

The Airship was announced by Innersloth on September 23, 2020, as part of the new content added to Among Us after its sequel's cancellation, Among Us 2. The map is based on the Toppat Clan Airship from Infiltrating the Airship, another game developed by Innersloth. It will be the largest map once it is released.

Settings

Language

Innersloth announced more languages would be added soon, probably by 2021.[24]

Language Interface Dub Sub
English
Spanish (Latin America)
Spanish (EU)
Korean
Russian
Chinese
French
Italian
German
Dutch
Russian
Portuguese (Brazil)
Portuguese (EU)
Korean
Filipino (Bisaya)

Controls

Button Function
WASD, Arrow keys, Mouse Movement
Mouse Perform Action
Tab key Personal map
Space key, E key Use/Doorlog/Security/Admin/Vitals
R key Report
Q key Kill
Esc key Close open interface/Open menu (in lobby/game)

Future

On January 6, 2020, developers said that "[they] thought it was a completed game twice in the past as we came back to add online multiplayer and two new maps. But as of the Polus release, we're sure that Among Us is a complete game. There are always things that people want and things we could potentially add, but Among Us was always intended to be a small game, and we are just a team of three people with one programmer. We've already added a lot to a small game, the difficulty of adding new features and content is now very high. You all can see this difficulty in terms of bugs that seemingly never get fixed. Adding more things would undoubtedly add more bugs. So from now on, we are not adding more to Among Us. There will be a few bug-fix-only updates and a plan of price changes, then we will let Among Us take its natural course." Then, they intended that Among Us servers would run until "at least 2021. Probably longer." They also said, "We will announce if we are stopping the servers and provide some alternative," If this is the case, the game will possibly be able to be self-hosted.[15]

Canceled Sequel

Main article: Among Us 2

On August 18, 2020, Innersloth officially announced that a sequel to Among Us, titled Among Us 2, was in development due to the game's core sections not being built and adapted to support the addition of new content. They also pointed out that "Among Us servers would stay alive for as long as it had enough players to start games."[16] However, after several long discussions between the developers, they announced the sequel would be canceled, with all new features of the sequel implemented the original game.[17]

New Content

The developers have announced that the content planned for Among Us 2 will instead be brought to Among Us. This includes:

  • A new map, which will be Henry Stickmin themed.
  • In-game currency.
  • Reporting and moderators.
  • Accounts and friend requests.
  • Custom matchmaking for Hide and Seek, etc.
  • 15 player servers to make rounds with multiple Impostors more balanced.

Console Release

Among Us was released for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite on December 15, 2020, and is available on the Nintendo eShop for $5.00.[25] This was firstly announced at the Nintendo's Indie World conference on the same day. The game was ported by PlayEveryWare, an external development team.[26][27] It has also been confirmed to release on Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S in 2021.[1][28]

Trivia

  • Among Us was inspired by the real-life group social deduction game, Mafia.[29]
  • Innersloth has planned to launch Among Us for consoles, specifically PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but found a problem implementing player communication, as text or voice chat seemed to be useless.[30]
    • Despite this issue, Innersloth was able to launch Among Us on Nintendo Switch on December 15, 2020, which is likely because, similarly to a phone, the Switch and Switch Lite both have touch controls in handheld mode, which can be used for typing in the chat.[19]
  • MIRA HQ and Polus originally served as additional paid content for Among Us until its update on June 11, 2020, when the two maps were made permanently free for everyone.
    • During this period, these two maps had free weeks for all players to host temporarily.
    • Currently, the exclusive skins from these maps are paid additional content for the game, likely so that those who bought the bundle would not feel completely ripped off.
  • Among Us may have been internally named "Space Mafia" during development, as the Play Store's app package name is "com.Innersloth.spacemafia."[31]
  • During its history, the game faced, and is facing, several bugs:
    • Several persons are automatically disconnected due to error.
    • Some people who become Impostors have the skills of a Crewmate and not those of An Impostor.
  • According to Innersloth, Among Us took six months to enter open beta and more than six months to exit from open beta.
  • According to Innersloth via Twitter, they settled for the Crewmate design relatively quickly.[32]
  • The characters' design is similar to the Morolians from Space Channel 5.
  • The Henry Stickmin series, which is also developed by Innersloth, is referenced many times in Among Us for significant motives:
  • Even though the game was made back in 2018, it only recently became popular with major new updates in 2020.

Awards

Award Date of ceremony Category Result Reference
Golden Joystick 2020 November 24, 2020 Breakthrough Award Won [33]
The Game Awards 2020 December 10, 2020 Best Mobile Game Won [34][35]
Best Multiplayer Game Won
Steam Awards 2020 January 3, 2021 Labor of Love Award Nominated [36][37]

Audio

Description Audio
The main theme song of the game in the main menu.

Videos

Gallery

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Links

References

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  2. "PC and Online Released!". itch.io. August 17, 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  3. "Among Us 2018.8.24 released!". itch.io, Innersloth. August 25, 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  4. "Bug fixes in Among Us 2018.9.6". itch.io, Innersloth. September 11, 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  5. "Find a game easier in Among Us 2018.9.20!". itch.io, Innersoth. September 23, 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  6. "More sounds and kick/ban controls in Among Us!". itch.io, Innersloth. September 30, 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  7. "The Data Among Us". itch.io, Innersloth. October 4, 2018. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  8. "Hats?! In my version 2018.10.10?". itch.io, Innersloth. October 11, 2018. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  9. "Happy Holidays From Among Us!". itch.io, Innersloth. December 2, 2018. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  10. "Server Issues and a new update!". itch.io, Innersloth. December 22, 2018. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  11. "First 2019 Update!". Itch.io, Innersloth. January 25, 2019. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  12. "New Map Trailer: Polus". itch.io, Innersloth. November 1, 2019. Retrieved MONTH DD, YYYY.
  13. "MIRA now easier to play and more hack-resistant!". itch.io, Innersloth. November 5, 2020. Retrieved November 29, 2020.
  14. "Polus Map Launched!". Itch.io, Innersloth. November 12, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Among Us and Innersloth In 2020 - Among Us by Innersloth". itch.io, Innersloth. January 6, 2020. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Among Us 2". Itch.io, Innersloth. August 18, 2020. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
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  22. "New Map + Henry Update!". itch.io, Innersloth. August 3, 2019. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  23. "MIRA HQ Launched!". itch.io, Innersloth. August 8, 2019. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  24. "Fixes and a peek at the new map!". itch.io, Innersloth. November 23, 2020. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  25. "Among Us for Nintendo Switch". Nintendo. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  26. "they also had an external team handle the switch port and have an external team handling accounts". Innersloth Discord server, Buttery Stancakes#9593. January 25, 2021 4:26PM EST. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  27. "Among Us". PlayEveryWare. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  28. "Update: Among Us Available Now with Xbox Game Pass for PC, Coming 2021 to Xbox Game Pass for Console". Xbox, Will Turtle. December 10, 2020. Retrieved December 22, 2020.
  29. "How Among Us became so wildly popular". PC Gamer, Wes Fenlon. September 24, 2020. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  30. "Among Us PS4, Xbox One Console Ports Are More Complicated Than You Think". GameSpot, Jeremy Winslow. September 24, 2020. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  31. "Among Us - Apps on Google Play". Play Store. Retrieved December 5, 2020.
  32. "By the way, this is literally the only concept art of coming up with the crewmate design. We settled pretty fast.". Twitter, PuffballsUnited. October 6, 2020. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  33. "Among Us developer wins this year's Breakthrough Award at the Golden Joysticks". GamesRadar+. November 24, 2020. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
  34. "New Among Us Map Teased, Announcement Coming At The Game Awards". GameSpot. November 18, 2020. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  35. "The Game Awards 2020: Every result, winner, world premiere, trailers and more". CNET. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  36. "Steam Awards 2020 nominees revealed". Sportskeeda. December 20, 2020. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  37. "Red Dead Redemption 2 is Steam's game of the year 2020". PC Gamer, Jody Macgregor. January 3, 2021. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
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