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Among Us devs are planning to add custom map maker for hit game

Published: 2/Oct/2020 6:22 Updated: 20/Oct/2020 10:46

by Andrew Amos

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Innersloth, the developers of hit party game Among Us, have revealed they are planning to potentially add a custom map maker to their hit title, although it will require some major effort before it’s released to players.

Among Us has gone from practically unknown to a household name in gaming in the space of two short months. Innersloth, the three-person team behind it, have been swamped trying to keep up.

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They canned the sequel they were planning on making to instead focus on the base game. They want to add crucial quality of life features like accounts, friend lists, and colorblind mode too.

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Innersloth has revealed they want to add a custom map maker on the community’s request, but there’s a few obstacles in the way.

However, they’ve also got their eyes on some huge creative projects too. One of those is a custom map maker. Currently, there’s only three maps in Among Us, with a fourth in the pipeline right now. But if players can get their hands on the tools, the possibilities are endless.

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There are a few roadblocks in the way of Innersloth’s plan to add it though. First of all, they want to get the game into a more stable state before they add massive new features like this.

“It’s definitely really cool, and we’ve definitely thought about it, but it’s one of those ‘little bit later’ things once we figure things out a lot better,” developer Forest Willard said in an October 1 podcast with Twitch Gaming.

They’d also have to completely overhaul the way they make maps in Among Us. Currently, all the maps are hand-drawn as one big block. There’s no individual assets. Innersloth would have to create the building blocks before they can even think of adding a custom map maker.

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“We would provide the assets. We would have to draw walls, boxes, accessories ⁠— basically making Sims maps, being able to build your own house/map. That does take a lot of work,” artist Amy Liu said.

“The maps currently are just completely hand-drawn. There’s no tile sets or anything, so we’d have to completely redo how we do our maps,” added designer Marcus Bromander.

Before a custom map maker hits Among Us, there’s a few new features they intend on adding. Innersloth were aiming to have accounts, colorblind mode, and more sturdy servers in the sequel, but after that was canceled, they are bringing those features over to the original game.

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There’s also only so much manpower in a three developer team too. While they’ve enlisted the help of other developers, for now, it’s just Innersloth and a dream.

With Among Us cracking over 60 million users, they’re working on making the experience better for the present before adding these creative new features.

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Among Us VR is even more intense than the original game

Published: 24/Oct/2020 2:01

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Among Us is still as popular as ever, but a fan-made version on VR Chat looks even more intense than the original. It brings the same atmosphere and gameplay to life in a 3D world, making the game of cat-and-mouse between imposters and crewmates all the more compelling.

Among Us exploded in popularity earlier this year after being around for more than two years already. It’s become one of the most-viewed games on Twitch, with hundreds of thousands of viewers tuning in each day to watch their favorite streamers engage in a battle of wits.

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It has even transcended gaming in the sense that anyone can pick up and play. Earlier this week, US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez broke the internet when she played Among Us in a lobby filled with popular streamers including Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys and Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani.

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More than 400,000 people tuned in to watch AOC play Among Us on Twitch.

Among Us comes to life in 3D in VR Chat mod

It’s not hard to see why so many people love the game. However, a fan-made version on VR Chat looks like an absolute treat. It might even be more intense than the original. The best part is, it’s a fully-immersive 3D recreation.

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Jar, a VR developer who created the project, said, “Yes, this is a playable multiplayer game with all the interactive tasks, combat, and even astronaut avatars.”

“You can actually interact with all the tasks using your hands, like connecting wires, pulling levers, and swiping cards!”

Of course, it’s not all about the crewmates and their tasks. Imposters need some love too. Fortunately, it sounds like they’ll be able to do all of their usual shenanigans, which makes the game what it is.

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 “As the impostor, [you can] sneak up on people when they aren’t looking behind them,” said Jar. “You can also crawl through the vents and sabotage the ship just like in the original game.”

The trailer only lasts a little more than a minute. Still, it shows everything from crewmates and a well-detailed map to emergency meetings, tasks, kills, vent-sneaking, and of course, players accusing one another in a heated discussion.

All in all, it looks like an absolute blast. It’s a dream come true for many who have longed to see Among Us come to life in a 3D world.

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However, the best part is that it’s free-to-play, even for those who don’t have a VR headset. If you’re interested in checking it out, you can download it by following the link here.

Keep in mind, though, that it’s entirely fan-made and not an official InnerSloth product. But it’s still an extraordinary re-creation of Among Us from a developer who knows what they’re doing. It looks like an exciting take on the game we all know and love.

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