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Among Us dev update explains why things are “taking so long”Jan 20, 2021 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Among Us became a surprise smash hit in 2020. The hidden-role murder ’em up was originally released in 2018, and managed to burst its way to fame late last year thanks in large part to lots of Twitch streamers. Alas, this success brought with it a fair few challenges for the developers at Innersloth. Yesterday, they released a dev blog explaining why development and updates have been taking so long, and telling fans a bit about what’s been going on behind the scenes. (more…) Among Us dev update explains why things are “taking so long”Jan 20, 2021 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Among Us became a surprise smash hit in 2020. The hidden-role murder ’em up was originally released in 2018, and managed to burst its way to fame late last year thanks in large part to lots of Twitch streamers. Alas, this success brought with it a fair few challenges for the developers at Innersloth. Yesterday, they released a dev blog explaining why development and updates have been taking so long, and telling fans a bit about what’s been going on behind the scenes. (more…) Among Us devs explain why updates are "taking so long"Jan 20, 2021 - EurogamerThe story of Among Us really is the stuff of fairytales: originally released back in 2018 by a dev team of three, last year it suddenly became one of the most popular titles in the world after several high-profile streamers began to play it. In a year of lockdowns, Among Us appealed to many as a way to entertain themselves on video calls, and even some American politicians got in on the action. But this massive spike in players brought challenges - a wave of cheaters being one of them - and developer Innersloth had to make some serious changes to the way it worked. In a new blog post, the dev team has addressed why some features are taking longer to implement than some expected. "Among Us gained incredible traction pretty late into 2020 that we weren't expecting, and that meant a lot of change for us," Innersloth explained. "...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 two months just restructuring, figuring out new processes, and getting external partners to help us manage on board." Read more Among Us devs answer "why is everything taking so long?"Jan 19, 2021 - PCGamesNAmong Us isn't quite as ubiquitous as it was even just a few months ago, but the party game is still trucking along with Steam's most venerable titles. The devs haven't had a whole lot to say since the initial reveal of the new map and the Switch port, but now they've posted a new dev blog breaking down, among other things, "what's taking so long?" "Among Us gained incredible traction pretty late into 2020 that we weren't expecting, and that meant A LOT of change for us," developer Innersloth says. "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." The studio spent two months on its restructuring process in order to manage its new success, and while that "meant time away from the game, it'll make it easier for current and future us to develop the game better." In the near term, that means the devs are working on a roadmap to explain the timetable for new content on the way in 2021. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Someone has got Among Us working on a Nintendo Wii Among Us on Switch has cross-play with PC and mobile versions Among Us' new map is The Airship The upcoming Airship map, consoles, and what's next 🎈Jan 19, 2021 - Community AnnouncementsHellllo Crewmates (...and Impostors...)! Whew, it’s been awhile since our last dev log huh? Happy 2021! Here’s a giant dev log update, a wrap up, and mini roadmap for the time ahead. All strapped in? Then let’s goooo! Big updates New map coming early 2021 – watch the trailer here. As we revealed at the Game Awards on Dec 10th, the new Airship map will be dropping in early 2021! Inspired by our other game The Henry Stickmin Collection, this will be a huge map with all new tasks and rooms to explore. Choose which room you start in, run around in new costumes, and even climb up and down ladders?! Crewmate technology has advanced so much, wow. And yes – the update will be free! Thank you! The Game Awards. We walked away with the Best Multiplayer and Best Mobile awards?! Thank you SO much for all of the support... never in a million years did we expect this, but you crewmates made it all happen! So surreal. We’re dedicated to making the game better and better for you! 1 million! We hit 1 million followers on both Twitter and TikTok?? Dang, that’s a lot of beans! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/33836086/3aa66bffdc75f938552933bf531549e35961db28.png What’s next? 2021 roadmap. Now that we've wrapped up a lot of stuff for the holidays, we're looking to be more transparent about what we're launching and the expected order by making a public roadmap. It won't have dates until we know we can hit them, but it'll be a place to find out what to look forward to first! More on that soon. Hiring? We’ve heard all the questions – why don’t you just hire more people so development can go faster? We wish it were that easy! Adding more people doesn’t automatically make development go faster – it slows it down and can cause a ton of issues if we don’t do it properly (and in the worst cases, when finances aren’t handled properly, it can actually end up closing a studio completely. Many indie studios have faced this problem, sadly.) Hiring, training, onboarding, possible interpersonal disputes, artistic differences, code legibility, legal/privacy concerns, and an infinite number of other problems can arise. We never expected all of this to happen (thank you!!!), so we’re taking it slow and steady to make sure we can keep sending good things your way. But we have things in the works! Accounts. We wanted to launch this earlier, and we're close, but we want to make sure it isn’t half-baked before implementing. (Trust me - you do not want a bad reporting system with no accountability behind it.) The first update for this is primarily focused on moderation - as stated in the previous dev log - and we’re hoping to get this out ASAP. This is a small step towards ensuring everyone playing the game has a safe and welcoming experience! Don’t worry, we’ve heard all your requests for things like a friend system, saved stats, and so on, but for now this will be the first thing available. Why is everything taking so long? Among Us gained incredible traction pretty late into 2020 that we weren’t expe...The Weekspot podcast: games of 2021Jan 5, 2021 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun News, reviews, a silly quiz that usually makes two men very cross: The PC Gaming Weekspot is RPS’ weekly podcast that recaps the last seven days in PC gaming. Regularly your recap of the last seven days in PC video gaming, this week’s show is a little different as you’ll hear us mainly chatting about all of the lovely video games we’ll be getting our hands on over the course of the next twelve months. (more…) The Weekspot podcast: games of 2021Jan 5, 2021 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun News, reviews, a silly quiz that usually makes two men very cross: The PC Gaming Weekspot is RPS’ weekly podcast that recaps the last seven days in PC gaming. Regularly your recap of the last seven days in PC video gaming, this week’s show is a little different as you’ll hear us mainly chatting about all of the lovely video games we’ll be getting our hands on over the course of the next twelve months. (more…) Someone has got Among Us working on a Nintendo WiiDec 22, 2020 - PCGamesNSince coming out in June 2018, Among Us has been made available on PC, mobile, and more recently the Nintendo Switch. That's all well and good, but what about the console of yesteryear, the Nintendo Wii? One fan, in particular, decided to take matters into their own hands by doing the work themselves. The Among Us fan posted their results to Reddit (below) and explained they got the social deduction game working on their Nintendo Wii thanks to their PC. Basically, they connected both of them to their router with two ethernet adapters. After that, they used WiiVNC and TightVNC Server to stream Among Us to the Wii from the PC. But at what cost does this all come? The Reddit user admits it's not exactly practical, and more of proof of concept. As you can see down below, Among Us is lookin' pretty slow and choppy. But, hey! You can play Among Us with a Wii remote. Also, I somehow don't think the people who got Doom and Skyrim running on a pregnancy test or a keyboard were thinking about optimal performance, you know? Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Among Us on Switch has cross-play with PC and mobile versions Among Us' new map is The Airship Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is considering a regular talk show on Twitch Steam Global Top Sellers for the Week ending 20 December 2020Dec 19, 2020 - SteamDB * Cyberpunk 2077; * Valve Index VR Kit; * Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Operation Broken Fang; * Phasmophobia; * DEATH STRANDING; * Among Us; * Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout; * Hades; * Football Manager 2021; * Grand Theft Auto V; View more information and data on SteamDBAmong Us, Monster Train and more hit Xbox Game Pass for PCDec 18, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Yesterday, Xbox Game Pass for PC got a couple of tasty additions to it’s already very good lineup of games. Everyone’s favourite new smash-hit murder ’em up Among Us has joined the party, along with RPS faves Monster Train and Wilmot’s Warehouse. There’s a bunch more too, including The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan. Plenty to keep us all busy over the winter holidays then. (Or rather, plenty to distract me from playing the two giant new RPGs I don’t think I’ll ever finish.) (more…) Among Us, Monster Train and more hit Xbox Game Pass for PCDec 18, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Yesterday, Xbox Game Pass for PC got a couple of tasty additions to it’s already very good lineup of games. Everyone’s favourite new smash-hit murder ’em up Among Us has joined the party, along with RPS faves Monster Train and Wilmot’s Warehouse. There’s a bunch more too, including The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan. Plenty to keep us all busy over the winter holidays then. (Or rather, plenty to distract me from playing the two giant new RPGs I don’t think I’ll ever finish.) (more…) Among Us is coming to Xbox next yearDec 18, 2020 - EurogamerHot on the heels of the news that Among Us is now on Nintendo Switch, another console has joined the murder party, as the game has now been announced for Xbox - and will be available on Game Pass when it launches. Oh, and if you have Xbox Game Pass for PC, you can grab Among Us for free right about... now. The social deduction game is due to arrive on Xbox consoles sometime in 2021, although an exact date for the launch has not yet been announced. As detailed in the Xbox announcement post, it's already available if you have Xbox Game Pass for PC, so you can jump in straight away. Among Us launched two years ago on mobile devices and PC, but it was only this year that the game took off in a big way - assumedly because people were looking for something more interesting to do on all those lockdown Zoom calls. Other than asking what you'd been up to while stuck indoors for several months. Read more You can now play Among Us with your Switch-owning friendsDec 16, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunMultiplayer imposter-hunting game Among Us now has a Nintendo Switch version, I say on this here PC gaming website. What’s that matter to you lot? Well, it’s got cross-platform multiplayer so you PC-owning folks can play with your Switch-having pals. It’s a nice pre-holiday surprise for those of us wondering what we can pick up to share with our friends while we stay separated through the winter. (more…) You can now play Among Us with your Switch-owning friendsDec 16, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunMultiplayer imposter-hunting game Among Us now has a Nintendo Switch version, I say on this here PC gaming website. What’s that matter to you lot? Well, it’s got cross-platform multiplayer so you PC-owning folks can play with your Switch-having pals. It’s a nice pre-holiday surprise for those of us wondering what we can pick up to share with our friends while we stay separated through the winter. (more…) Among Us on Switch has cross-play with PC and mobile versionsDec 15, 2020 - PCGamesNAmong Us is great, but that greatness depends on your ability to get a big collection of friends together to play it. Now, that process will be even easier. Among Us hits Nintendo's hybrid portable machine today, and the developers have confirmed that the Switch port will feature cross-play with all the existing versions. You can grab Among Us from the Nintendo eShop for $5.00 / £3.89 - either very slightly cheaper or more expensive than the $4.99 / £3.99 price on Steam, depending on your region. (As ever, the iOS and Android versions are free.) The Switch version does have an additional cost, however, as you will need to be subscribed to Nintendo's online service to play over the internet. If, somehow, there's somebody in your friend group who doesn't have a smartphone or a Steam account and does have a Switch, you can finally murder them. ...in the game, to be clear. Among Us is continuing to expand to new venues, and it's coming soon to Xbox Game Pass PC, too. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Among Us' new map is The Airship Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is considering a regular talk show on Twitch The latest Among Us patch fixes a number of pesky minigame bugs Steam Global Top Sellers for the Week ending 13 December 2020Dec 12, 2020 - SteamDB * Cyberpunk 2077; * Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Operation Broken Fang; * Valve Index VR Kit; * Phasmophobia; * Hades; * Among Us; * Red Dead Redemption 2; * Football Manager 2021; * The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Game of the Year Edition; * STAR WARS™ Battlefront™ II; View more information and data on SteamDBAmong Us' new map is a giant red airshipDec 11, 2020 - The LoadoutWhat happens when you take The Beatles' yellow submarine, slap a fresh red coat of paint onto it, and launch it into the air? Well, according to InnerSloth, you get a brand spanking new Among Us map. Its name? The Airship. Following its reveal at The Game Awards last night (December 10), the game's official Twitter account posted the trailer of the new map, which is set to release in early 2021. The final reveal follows months of teasing by the developers, with a picture of The Airship's cockpit being dropped last month. The teaser opens with the emergence of the Toppat airship from the clouds. Inside, we are introduced to the map's major areas: Brig, Cockpit, Electrical, Engine Room, Gap Room, Kitchen - where one unfortunate soul is blasted with an eye laser by a mousachioed impostor - Main Hall, Medical, Meeting Room, Records, Security, Vault, and the Viewing Deck. When each round starts, players will be able to choose an area to start in after a meeting (in this instance either Engine Room, Records, or the Main Hall). Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Among Us smashes gaming record for most monthly players The best party and split-screen games to play with family and friends Among Us is now available on Nintendo Switch Among Us will have you murdering your pals on The Airship next yearDec 11, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Innersloth gave us all a first proper look at their upcoming Among Us map, The Airship, at The Game Awards last night. Get ready to murder your pals on a big red plane, complete with ladders and floating platforms on which to make your escape. It’s no spaceship or abandoned research station, but I still wouldn’t wanna be trapped on it with some killer spacemen. It’s arriving early next year, bringing new skins and tasks too. (more…) Skyrim is coming to Xbox Game Pass, if you somehow haven't played it alreadyDec 11, 2020 - EurogamerThe Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim - Special Edition hits Xbox Game Pass for console and mobile on 15th December, Microsoft has announced. It's the latest Bethesda-owned game to hit the subscription service since Microsoft bought Bethesda for $7.5bn. id Software's Doom Eternal is already available as part of Xbox Game Pass. Coming soon to Xbox Game Pass on PC is Steam hit Among Us, and a raft of Yakuza games are coming soon to console and PC via the service. Read more Among Us unveils new map The Airship, arriving early 2021Dec 10, 2020 - EurogamerAfter previously giving us a cheeky glimpse of its new free map, developer InnerSloth has finally peeled back the curtain on its fourth map for Among Us, The Airship. Based on another game series published by InnerSloth called the Henry Stickmin Collection, this map boasts new tasks, rooms and ways to move around. The trailer shown at the Game Awards appears to show a gem-polishing task in a room called vault, and another task which involves taking out trash bags - not quite so glamorous. The map also promises ladders and floating platforms, which should add some variety to how you move between rooms. Players will also be able to pick their starting room, selecting between the engine room, records or main hall, rather than starting all clumped together. Oh, and some new skins are also on their way. Might as well look nice while you get murdered by your friends. Read more Among Us Becomes the #8 Most Played Game Ever on Steam with 300k PlayersSep 14, 2020 - GitHypOriginally released back in 2018, Among Us wasn't very successful with an average of only 30-50 concurrent players across all platforms. But with popular games getting delayed and gamers still stuck at home due to COVID-19, everyone has been looking for fun new multiplayer game to play with friends. Over the weekend, Among Us passed Destiny 2 and Grand Theft Auto V with a peak of 300k concurrent players to become the #8 most played game ever on Steam. Among Us' success has been mainly due to its low barrier of entry for players on all devices. The game is free on Apple's App Store and Google Play, while only $4.99 on Steam. And with crossplay, this allows users on Android, iOS, and PC to all play together online. Allowing up to 8 friends to play together has also also been one of biggest reasons for the game's success. Large groups of Twitch and YouTube's most popular streamers have been teaming up for super streams that have kept the game at the top of Twitch over the past couple weeks. With a peak of 443k viewers, Among Us also topped popular games like Destiny 2, Overwatch, and Grand Theft Auto V at #16 on the list of most watched games ever on Twitch. To put in comparison with a more recent easy-to-play party game, the summer's biggest surprise hit, Fall Guys, had more success on Twitch with a peak of 700k viewers; however, the game's higher $19.99 price tag on Steam (while being free on PlayStation Plus) only brought in a peak of 170k players, half the size of Among Us' peak on Saturday.