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Among Us 2 canceled as devs reveal plans for the hit title’s future

Published: 24/Sep/2020 1:22

by Andrew Amos

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Innersloth has announced they are canceling the sequel for Among Us, titled Among Us 2, on September 23. Instead, the devs will focus on improving the original game, outlining a host of new features they aim on implementing in the coming months.

Among Us has risen up to be the hit game of 2020 it seems. The simple party game, first released in 2018, catapulted into the conscience of millions thanks to a surge in popularity on Twitch.

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The game has been at the top of the streaming platform’s charts since the end of August, and almost all of Twitch’s biggest creators ⁠— including stars like Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel and Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins ⁠— have been playing it.

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Among Us 2 has been canceled. Instead, the devs will focus on improving the original game.

The three-man dev team has been strapped for time since the game’s rapid expansion, and while they originally promised to release a sequel to Among Us, they’ve since chosen to cancel it for now, instead focusing on improving the original game.

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“The main reason we are shooting for a sequel is because the codebase of Among Us 1 is so outdated and not built to support adding so much new content,” they said on September 23.

“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.”

The extra time will allow Innersloth to improve Among Us immensely. While the game is stripped back as it stands, the devs plan to implement a bunch of highly-requested features, including a friends system and colorblind mode.

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“We plan on adding other identifiers for players as well as certain color focused tasks, like wires. This should also open the potential for more colors,” they said on colorblind mode. “In the past we couldn’t add more colors because it became too difficult to tell players apart.”

They are also designing a new stage for players, based heavily on the Henry Stickmin series also developed by Innersloth.

“It is still very early and we have only just begun designing the layout. The theme has been settled on though! The next stage in Among Us is going to be a Henry Stickmin themed location,” they added.

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While there’s no time frame yet for all of these improvements, Among Us players have plenty to look forward to over the coming months.

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Everything coming in Valorant Act 3: Icebox map, new Agent, Battle pass

Published: 7/Oct/2020 16:26

by Calum Patterson

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Riot Games has now unveiled its grand plans for Act III of Episode 1 in Valorant, including a first look at the brand new agent.

Riot already confirmed the brand new map, Icebox, the second new map coming to the game since launch.

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In addition, a new Agent is joining the roster, but at the time of writing, Riot is keeping their exact name, abilities and lore under wraps.

Here’s everything you need to know about Valorant Act 3:

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New Map: Icebox

Because the new map is being pushed live early, the new Agent will be delayed. The Agent will release 2 weeks (one patch cycle) after the start of Act III. This will allow the devs to sort out any stability issues.

ADJUSTED ACT III ROADMAP

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We’re still closing Episode 1 with a banger of a finish. On top of our newest map, you’ll unlock 50-tiers of fresh Battlepass goods to personalize your play, have another go at your Rank with refined Competitive matchmaking, and try the latest Agent just one patch later.

MAP: ICEBOX (OCT. 13 UNRATED, OCT. 27 COMPETITIVE)

An abandoned Kingdom research facility in the arctic wilderness is the next location to flex your aim and abilities. Pierce the dense snow cover as an Attacker to plant the Spike. And, outplay as Defender using ziplines to reach new and dangerous heights.

The two objective sites on Icebox favor frequent skirmishes, sharp aim, and adaptive play.

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COMPETITIVE REFRESH (OCT. 27)

These Act III Competitive changes hope to make your Rank climb tighter as we work on the long term health of organized team play:

  • Upgrade that Act Rank Badge with the next Competitive Act
  • Rank queue lowered from 6 tiers to 3 tiers, for tighter matchmaking
  • Select your preferred server and improve your ping
  • Immortal+ rank outcomes are decided 100% by wins and losses

Watch our latest Dev Diary for more detail and a peek into Joe Ziegler’s living room.

ACT III BATTLEPASS (OCT. 13)

The Battlepass returns with improvements for Act III—revamped weekly mission progress for faster unlocks and additional Epilogue tiers.

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Collect heads, rake in the XP, then snap on Act III exclusives like the “Chilly McFreeze” Gun Buddy to match your arctic battles, the “Radianite Hazard” Player Card, and the Viper Spray that reminds you to wash your hands.

Purchase the Act III Premium Battlepass to unlock more tiers of VALORANT items like the Ruin Vandal, “Disco Ball” Gun Buddy, and the Surge Bucky (with variants!).

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Learn more about VALORANT’s Battlepass system here.

WEAPON SKIN: SINGULARITY (OCT. 13)

Singularity exists in a far future, vast in its journey from the beyond. Powerful, abstract, and mysterious. None know where it came from or how it came to be.

Harness its unstable force on the Phantom, Sheriff, Spectre, Ares, and Melee when you buy the Singularity bundle.

GUN BUDDY: WELCOME, MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

More (low ping) challengers to the Radiant throne have arrived from the Middle East and North Africa.

Log in during October 28 to earn the Dallah Gun Buddy and celebrate their homecoming.

NEW AGENT: ??? (OCT. 27)

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Riot Games
The new Agent teaser

That’s everything we know so far about Act III – stay tuned to @ValorantUpdates for the latest.