In a five-minute live premiere on the 9th of November, Among Us devs Innersloth revealed the latest update for their game to the masses:
The Cosmicube Update!
Cosmicubes give you access to what is basically a branching system of unlocks, a bit like a skill tree:
"Cosmicubes: Special cosmetic cubes that have themed items you unlock via a branching path. These items tend to be more special or detailed. Different Cosmicubes are bought using Beans or Stars, but their contents can only be unlocked by earning Pods through gameplay."
The update will add new hats, visors, cosmetics, and most importantly, an in-game store for buying things like pets, nameplates, and more. There are multiple currencies:
- Beans: Achieved by playing the game, and can be used to buy items, bundles, and Cosmicubes.
- Stars: Bought with real money, and can be used to buy items, bundles, and Cosmicubes.
- Pods: Achieved by playing the game only if you have a Cosmicube activated.
- XP: gained by winning rounds, identifying the Impostor, killing crewmates, and completing tasks, and makes your level go up, which can give you multipliers for earning Beans and Pods.
Also, achievements are now in the game, as well as the ability to link accounts, which will tie your cosmetics, XP, Pods, and Beans to your account. However, on the Nintendo Switch, Stars are not currently shared across platforms — they'll only be available on the Switch, at least for now. Innersloth says they're "working on it"!
There are now new roles, too, from the disguise-filled Shapeshifter (who we already knew about) to the Scientist, who can access vitals at any time to check who's dead, the Engineer, a non-Impostor who can use vents, and the Guardian Angel, who can protect the remaining crew after they're dead.
Innersloth pre-empted the "I can't believe you're trying to make me pay money" comments, by saying in the video, "Yup (we live in a capitalist society)" and noting that the profits could go towards more updates, server costs, team wages, survival, therapy, food, boba, and even... a new game.
Oh, and it's out right now. Hooray!
You can read all about the update on Innersloth's blog. The currencies are a little confusing, and there are a fair few quality-of-life changes, too:
- The Vent action is no longer attached to the main action button. In order to vent, press V on the keyboard, or Right Shoulder Button on controllers.
- Sabotage is no longer attached to the main action button. In order to access the sabotage map, Impostors can simply open up their map, using the Tab key on keyboards or Left Trigger on controllers.
- If you have a special role, the action for that role is accessed via the F key on keyboards, or Right Trigger on controllers. This includes the Engineer’s vent ability.
- Stats that affect your achievements will persist across all linked platforms (essentially your stats are linked to your player ID)
- You need to perform the actual action that would unlock that achievement to trigger it on another platform.
- Fake achievement example to explain: If you got a 50 card swipe achievement on Steam and want that to unlock on iOS, you would need to do the card swipe task one more time in iOS to get the achievement.
What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!
Yes, we do live in a capitalistic society...Doesn't mean you should charge for stuff in a game that I'm sure has not only made up its development cost; but has likely gotten enough funded to make a brand new game on its own.
@QueenKittenWrite the game is free on mobile, and only $4.99 on consoles and PC — the devs are entitled to charge more if they want to, especially for optional cosmetic content.
@QueenKittenWrite ah yes, just because a game made its dev cost back means it should make no more money. Literally nothing works like this. Nobody just calls it quits is they have any sense; course the devs are gonna make more money if they are able to. Plus I think we are able to trust a small team of 5 or so more than a megabucks corporation with this sort of thing.
Really, really cool to see that they're pouring their newfound resources into making the game into a much more fleshed out experience. The microtransactions make me wary, but as long as they remain cosmetic only I don't see an issue. Cool stuff all around!
Played a match, Its amazing, it makes people think more about who and how they vote, and if said person shape shifted or not, I love it! This game has a bright road up a head.
@QueenKittenWrite Oh, so your saying they should make no money from this whatsoever? Its free on mobile, A device that almost everyone owns, you only pay for it on two systems at the moment, and its only 4.99.
(Plus they give you free points to spend on stuff,)
Just a reminder the IAP are for cosmetics AKA items that just make you look cool. 😉
@MH4 I Don't think they would get greedy with it, but We all know the story of Rivo.
I’m not against them having micro transactions, gotta make money somehow, but this feels a little late for me. The game definitely peaked in popularity last year, but who knows, maybe this reignites some interest.
I hope that this game becomes popular again because it was honestly really enjoyable to play it with friends. However, as others have stated, these cosmetics seem a bit late.
I have a group of online friends that still play this game every 2-3 times a month…I haven’t played it in almost a year. I may need to get back into this
@Kaden Me to, but not meme level big.
when the impostor is sus... is not a funny joke. Please, tell me NintendoLife never made the joke...
too bad the game died out
Question: How do I link my Switch account on Among Us to my Steam account? While Steam has the link buttons and things, the Switch version does not on mine, for some reason. Image of the Switch version: https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/253343915_1057207335114996_4203734683579423995_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=_J-zhnlQL8gAX9roa7t&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=30bcca7a906817e3cf33ef2eff88945c&oe=61B18A8F
@CodyMKW Yeah, definitely no chance this gigantic update revives it or anything. Why even bother releasing it? It's not like the previous version of the game suddenly surged in popularity years after release or something like that. Silly devs.
@KateGray just like we are free to drop the game and never buy anything from them in the future. You shills are all the same.
@Snatcher They have made money so I don't know WTF you're talking about. Now throw on top every game is adding a sus mode and doing it better. This is not going to work out well for them.
@OpinionsGetYouBanned correct! You are allowed to do whatever you want, and so are they.
@OpinionsGetYouBanned So what, they keep throwing us free updates, wile people get to play it for free on mobile? There giving us a free map, and roles, all they ask is that you pay for some optional Cosmetics, That are like 5 bucks, If its to hard to throw 5 bucks at em, don't do it, You can go over there and Hand fortnite all the Money in the world.
Do whatever you want with your money, But I'm sure not going to say that among us made there money so they should keep it free, Plus, there doing Collab's now, That Stuff isn't cheap.
Edit: and I couldn't care less what game is adding what, Every game was adding a BR mode when fortnite came about, but look who stood on top, Not COD, Not RR, not even PubG, Fortnite always did, Many more games are going to make a mafia mode, But among us are taking there's on a different path, Hell Even UFSM Has among us like themes to em, They even had the shape shifter first, Doesn't stop them from acting totally different from one another.
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