Among Us is an online multiplayer sci-fi 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. 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. Said 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.
Among Us is set in The Skeld, the main and first map of the game set in a spaceship. Starting in 2019, two new maps were launched: MIRA HQ and Polus. In 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. Among Us 2, according to the company, was scheduled to be available by 2021 but was canceled in September. Work will instead proceed on improving the original game due to the over-popularity of the original Among Us. Also, many forms of merchandise, such as T-shirts and toys, have been announced and launched.
Among Us is a murder mystery game that takes place either in a spaceship, the headquarters of the company Mira or on a planetary base, where, among the players, one to three will be randomly chosen as Impostors, while the others are instead Crewmates. The crew's goal is to do tasks in the form of minigames, such as fixing the wiring, emptying garbage, or swiping an ID card, all the while having the goal of finding out who The Impostor(s) is/are and eliminating them. Impostors can sabotage the map, which results in either a problem that'll 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 (like 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. They're able to do this using the aforementioned sabotaging mechanic, though their main strategy is to directly murder each and every member one by one.
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 Confirm Eject 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.
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, but they still can sabotage to disrupt the crewmates who are still alive if they are An Impostor. 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.
Among Us takes place on a spaceship in outer space. There are two teams: 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 Impostor is.Among Us takes place on a spaceship in outer space. There are two teams: 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 Impostor is.
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 were added in 2019, including several clothes like police, white hat, military, captain, et cetera. 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 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, et cetera. 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 8 hats on mobile and free on computer. On 2020.6.11, new hats were added, such as balloons, masks, and tufts, among others.
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 their “owner” dying. As of now, there are a total of 10 different pets to choose from.
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 use to travel around space. Crewmates will do tasks on the ship and figure out who The Impostor could be.
MIRA HQ was the second map released in the game. 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. Unlike The Skeld, Impostors can freely roam around vents that aren't adjacent to a specific vent.
Polus is the third map of the game, 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. The map is also the largest.
Innersloth announced the fourth map on September 23, 2020, as part of the new content added to Among Us after its sequel's cancellation, Among Us 2. The only thing that is known is that it will be Henry Stickmin themed.
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On January 6, 2020, developers said that “We 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 probably be able to be self-hosted.
On August 18, 2020, Innersloth officially announced that a sequel to Among Us, titled Among Us 2, was in development. They pointed out that “Among Us, servers would stay alive for as long as it had enough players to start games.” 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.
The developers have announced that the content planned for Among Us 2 will instead be brought to Among Us. This includes: