Among Us Is Not Getting a Sequel—Here’s Why It’s Good News
The developers of this wildly popular Indie game, Innersloth, have cancelled the release of Among Us 2.
The COVID-19 pandemic has engaged people in different forms of entertainment and connectivity during a time of social distancing. While ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’, which was released on 20th March, was the hottest game for the early and mid-halves of this year, a new game has overtaken its place as the most popular.
Among Us, created by game developer Innersloth, has been the surprise sleeper hit of the gaming world. Initially released in 2018, its skyrocketing success was only in 2020—when Twitch streamers and gamers wanted to play an engaging imposters-style game remotely with their friends.
Of course, its user base has widened since then, with more than 10 million owners on Steam; and this doesn’t even account for all the players who have downloaded and played this game on their iOS/Android devices.
The party game, which has elements of a murder mystery and is set in space, has the players trying to find out the imposter among their crewmates. It is now not only popular on Twitch and Youtube, but has also become a widely-used material for memes and fanart on platforms like Twitter and Reddit.
Just 38 days ago, developers Innersloth published a post where they announced a sequel to the game, and why Among Us 2 would be a necessary release due to the fragile nature of the first game. However, this sequel was cancelled in another post made by them yesterday; and here’s why that’s good news:
- The developers have themselves said that “The main reason we are shooting for a sequel is that the codebase of Among Us 1 is so outdated and not built to support adding so much new content. 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.” The popularity of the game has been a surprise for them, but now the servers cannot handle the sheer number of players online.
- This doesn’t mean that the fans will lack new content—all the new content that Innersloth had planned for the sequel will be worked into the game. This includes better server experiences, colour-blind support, a new stage, and an improved friends system.
It remains to be seen how long these complete overhauls to the game will take—but it will certainly result in a better playing experience. Among Us is available to play on PC, iOS, and Android.