Not many games can claim to go from being forgotten to becoming a sleeper international hit to a summer sensation two years post launch, but Among Us has managed to do that. Not many games force the cancelation of their sequel so that developers can continue improving the first game, but Among Us has managed that as well.
Why is Among Us 2 Canceled?
Among Us 2 is canceled because of the success in all markets that Among Us has seen. Since July saw Chance “Sodapoppin” Morris stream Among Us on the recommendation of Twitch employee Pluto, the game has gone from being an international hit in South Korea and Mexico, primarily on smart phones, to being one of the top-selling games on Steam as places like the U.S. have begun picking up the game en masse.
This caused developer Innersloth to review everything again, as things kept getting bigger and bigger, and decide that instead of doing a sequel, they would rework Among Us with better servers, code base, and new features. In their post they explain the following:
Us devs have had several long discussions about what we want to do with the game. When do we stop working on Among Us 1? What content goes into Among Us 2? The main reason we are shooting for a sequel is because the codebase of Among Us 1 is so outdated and not built to support adding so much new content.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. We have decided to cancel Among Us 2 and instead put all our focus into improving Among Us 1. All of the content we had planned for Among Us 2 will instead go into Among Us 1. This is probably the more difficult choice because it means going deep into the core code of the game and reworking several parts of it. We have lots of things planned and we’re excited to bring new content to everyone as you continue to enjoy playing!
It will take time for them to rework all the stuff they are looking at adding, especially given it is going to require redoing some of the core code for Among Us, but it means new Among Us content is also on the way.
What New Among Us Content is Coming?
Everything discussed for Among Us 2 is coming to Among Us 1 now which means:
- A goal of 12-15 Player games with 3 Imposters
- Matchmaking to better support custom modes and skill levels
- Better moderations and anti-cheat
- More roles
Before all of that Among Us 2 content arrives in Among Us over the long term, the shorter term Among Us roadmap includes content that they've announced today is on the horizon:
- Improved Servers
- Friends/Account System
- A New Stage (early in development), that will be Henry Stickmin themed
- Colorblind support so players like the author can play the game without worrying about properly identifying who is who.
The Among Us 2 cancellation may be the best thing for Among Us as a healthy player base is maintained, and the game can sustain itself with the large player base on cosmetics and other ongoing sales as people are truly enjoying the game and like looking cool in multiplayer games. That said, remember that the new Among Us content promised here will take time to come to the game.
Do you think the decision to cancel Among Us 2 is the right one for Innersloth? Have you played Among Us, or watched it streamed? Let us know in the comments below!