Without a doubt, 2020 is the year of ups and downs, plot twists and surprises, and possibly one of the biggest shocks of this year is the swift rise in popularity of Among Us, a social deduction game developed by InnerSloth that was released in 2018.
Despite being out for a few years now, the online multiplayer suddenly took the world by storm this year, so much so that it was the most searched video game on Google in 2020. Among Us originally launched on mobile platforms about two years ago, but the PC version shortly came after.
That being said, it never really gained popularity during that time. This all changed in the summer of 2020 when content creators and Twitch streamers started playing the game on their respective platforms for the public to see. As a result, more and more gamers were introduced to the online title, even getting attached to its simple yet addictive gameplay.
Due to its sudden boost in popularity, developer InnerSloth has made a point to ensure that the popular title is as accessible to everyone as possible.
The most recent Nintendo Indie World livestream took place today, and to the surprise of the viewers, Among Us made an appearance before the presentation ended. Apparently, the online multiplayer has been surprise-launched on the Nintendo Switch and is now available for purchase on the eShop.
This is definitely great news for gamers who prefer playing on their Nintendo Switch console rather than on PC or mobile. In line with this, it has been confirmed that the Switch version of Among Us will support cross-play. In other words, players across all platforms — including PC and mobile — will be able to gather and have matches together, further increasing the game’s already massive playerbase.
According to the listing on the Nintendo Switch eShop, this version of Among Us will also have the same $5 price as the PC version. Meanwhile, the mobile versions (iOS and Android) will remain free-to-play with ads.
The catch, however, is that this version requires players to be subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online in order to have matches with other players online. The announcement caught everybody off guard that the phrase “Among Us on Switch” even started trending on Twitter a few moments after the reveal.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) December 15, 2020
The developer initially planned on releasing a sequel to the game entitled Among Us 2, but it later decided to scrap this idea in favor of focusing and continuing its support towards the already-existing original game.
That being said, all the new content that was supposed to be introduced in the sequel will instead be added to Among Us, seeing as it already has a booming playerbase. In other news, Among Us revealed the highly-anticipated new map called The Airship during The Game Awards 2020, and it’s expected to launch early next year.
It’s definitely exciting seeing how far InnerSloth and Among Us has come since 2018. It’s also worth mentioning that this Nintendo Switch version is the first time that the game is released on a console.
While the new map is definitely worth getting excited about, developer InnerSloth has also confirmed that more exciting things are heading our way this month, so let’s keep our eyes peeled for that.