Among Us Update Could Turn Ghosts Into Guardian Angels
With Halloween just around the corner, it sounds like there's something spooky coming our way with the ghosts of Among Us. If being tossed into the dark abyss of space and getting picked off one by one wasn't scary enough, how about the fact you're also haunted by the see-through spectres of the recently departed? The idea of ghosts is a pretty cool one in Among Us, but let's be honest, being one is pretty damn boring.
Thankfully, the three-man team at InnerSloth has teased an overhaul of ghosts in the near future, which could see dead crewmates return to the murder mystery as guardians angels. Among Us is tense enough, but then there's the added danger of fixing a dodgy circuit in Electrical, only to have a sneaky Imposter pop out of a vent and cut you in half before you can even blink.
While ghosts stick around in Among Us, there isn't a lot to do, meaning a growing number of players just exit a match when we've been offed. There have been suggestions that ghosts could do more, and it sounds like InnerSloth is listening.
Speaking during the Twitch Weekly Gaming Show (via Inverse), programmer Forest Willard explained, "We've thought of a lot about [making ghosts into] Guardian Angels and stuff like that, but it's a difficult thing to pull off but we're definitely thinking about those sort of things". The team has admitted being a ghost "sucks", and we've got to agree.
Designer Marcus Bromander confessed, "We do want to make being ghosts more fun. If you get killed first, that sucks. Your game is boring". Although other ghosts can see you, you float around in your spectral form and can only complete tasks you had outstanding. It's fairly easy to finish your tasks before being killed, so there's not much point hanging around. You can't participate in discussions or point the finger, which has led to most of us ejecting our interest into space.
Probably the only perk of being a ghost is the fact you can watch imposters go around and murder others, but due to the fact you can't interact, it quickly loses its appeal. Although it's unclear how the "guardian angel" idea would work, it's easy to imagine ghosts helping others repair the ship, or maybe intervene to stop an imposter from cutting you down.
The recent comments come in the midst of the InnerSloth team making a big u-turn on their future. There was the much-hyped announcement of Among Us 2, however, they've decided to focus their efforts on the first game. Among Us recently hit a milestone of having 3 million concurrent players and is presumably going with the mantra of, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". Instead of ploughing their energy into a wholly new game, the team is going to refine the Among Us experience.
When/if a ghost overhaul is coming remains to be seen, but either way, these guardian angels could be spreading their wings soon.
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