Among Us was one of the biggest breakout gaming success stories of 2020, and it was massively popular around the world. Even the likes of New York U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez streamed Among Us just weeks before the U.S. election took place in an effort to encourage younger people to go out and vote.
So why hasn’t the game been updated much? Developer Innersloth even cancelled a planned Among Us sequel to focus on the existing game and release new content. So, what’s taking so long? Well, it’s complicated.
Basically, they were taken by surprise of the game’s sudden popularity and needed time to adjust to the growing player base. There are only four people at Innersloth, which is a very small indie team.
In a blog post, the devs said:
“Among Us gained incredible traction pretty late into 2020 that we weren’t expecting, and that meant A LOT of change for us.
Not to dive into too much organizational stuff, but not only did we need to switch back to working on Among Us after thinking it was done, but we also needed to set ourselves up more sustainably to work on the game.
We had to spend 2 months just restructuring, figuring out new processes, and getting external partners to help us manage on board.
Originally it was just 3 friends working together (and now I’m here to make 4, hi), but if we wanted this to work long term and hire up, we needed to streamline things. It’s all behind the scenes work, and while it meant time away from the game, it’ll make it easier for current and future us to develop the game better.
Not to mention additional platforms (like Nintendo Switch and Xbox) means more support, certifications to go through, and whatnot.
We have help from our porting partners for that, but it still means we need to make sure future things we do are supported on those platforms.
There’s a ton of other things out of our control (legal issues, meetings, planning), so sometimes these things take longer as well.
Thank you SO much for the patience as you wait for the next big update!
We want to do more for you to show you how grateful we are, but without sacrificing on the quality and values we had before this blew up.”
There you have it, folks. At least players can still look forward to a brand new map in early 2021. In the meantime, check out the trailer below, or head on over here for our piece on why Among Us should inspire indie developers out there.