“We canceled the sequel as a result of we noticed the chance to offer again to the gamers somewhat bit sooner than creating a brand new, higher model,” Forest Willard, a developer at InnerSloth, which makes Amongst Us, instructed CNN Enterprise. “Will probably be extra work in the long term, however we’re excited for gamers to replace the sport, and out of the blue there is a model new function or map that unlocks new experiences.”
Amongst Us prices $5 on PC video games retailer Steam or the indie retailer Itch.io, and it is free with advertisements on cellular. Gamers could make extra purchases to embellish and customise their in-game characters. InnerSloth declined to touch upon gross sales figures and whole income.
The sport requires 4 to 10 gamers, who’re randomly assigned roles of both a crewmate or imposter. There are at all times extra crew than imposters firstly. All through the sport, crewmates attempt to full their duties and imposters attempt to homicide the crew and sabotage the spaceship with out getting caught.
Amongst Us entails a whole lot of mendacity, accusations and indignant denials — an ideal recipe for social media engagement. YouTube’s largest particular person creator, PewDiePie, has performed it, as has rapper and singer Soulja Boy.
All the recognition begs the query, what’s subsequent for Amongst Us? InnerSloth builders know they need to construct on their success and hold gamers engaged. Their determination to chop a sequel is sensible, consultants say.
“At this level making a sequel would find yourself dividing the viewers, it is a greater concept to maintain engagement excessive on the present recreation and drive additional monetization by means of in-game purchases,” Cassia Curran, an adviser at Wings Interactive, a fund that invests in numerous video games.
Willard, the Innersloth developer, stated the staff plans so as to add options to Amongst Us together with the flexibility so as to add associates, a colour blind mode and a technique to customise controls.
“These simply make the sport simpler for folks to take pleasure in time and time once more,” he stated.