Among Us Is Even More Popular Than You Think Right Now
Downloads on Steam and mobile are soaring for the 2-year-old indie game.
[Update: Since this story was published, the Among Us sequel was officially canceled. However, the content planned for that game will come to the original game, instead.]
Indie game Among Us has exploded in popularity recently. According to SensorTower, Among Us earned 18.4 million mobile downloads in August, almost eight times as many downloads compared to its July count of 2.4 million downloads. The game earned another 41.9 million mobile downloads in September, proving its meteoric growth in the last two months. On Steam, Among Us is also one of the most popular games on the platform. This is despite the game not even being remotely new. In fact, the game first released in June 2018--it's over two years old.
Among Us, by developer InnerSloth, is a multiplayer party game. Four to ten players take on the role of spaceship crew members preparing for a departure. However, a few players in the party are randomly assigned the role of alien imposters. The imposters' goals are to kill and frame crewmembers, sabotage the ship, and do it all without getting caught. Among Us shares a similar setup to other popular real-life party games like Werewolf and Mafia. A similar concept was used in the Garry's Mod mode Trouble in Terrorist Town. In this mode, team members had to work together to deduct who was a traitor while a smaller group picked them off one by one.
Twitch streamers have generally been attributed for spreading the good word about Among Us. The multiplayer party game is highly popular on the platform and as a category, has 247,000 viewers, which places it ahead of other popular titles like Fortnite and Minecraft. Popular Twitch personalities like Sodapoppin, Pewdiepie, Shroud, Ninja, and many more have played the multiplayer party game.
We can also thank the Among Us memes that have flooded Twitter and Reddit for making the internet curious about the viral party game.
How debating in Among Us feels like: pic.twitter.com/2tqT2MJDf0— grapefruitbush (@grapefruitbush) September 17, 2020
InnerSloth also announced that Among Us 2 is in the works, but the team has not set a release date yet. The company stated that its goal is to build a sequel that can withstand growth, since due to the way the current Among Us is made, it's "extremely hard to add more things without breaking existing things." Among Us 2 will also keep the core gameplay of crewmates versus imposters, but the developers plan to tweak team balances, improve matchmaking, and add more moderation. They also hope to add new roles, but can't confirm any at this time.