Among Us is an online multiplayer game developed and published by American game studio Innersloth. It was released on June 15, 2018.
The game takes place in a space-themed setting in which players each take on one of two roles, most being Crewmates, and a predetermined number being Impostors.
The main goal of the Crewmates is to identify the few Impostors, eliminate them, and complete their tasks around the map; the Impostors’ goal is to secretly sabotage and kill the Crewmates before they manage to complete all their tasks. Through a plurality vote, players believed to be Impostors will be removed from the game. If all of the Impostors are eliminated or all tasks are completed, the Crewmates win; but if there is an equal number of Impostors and Crewmates, or if some critical sabotage goes unresolved, the Impostors win.
While initially released in 2018 to little mainstream attention, it received an influx of popularity in 2020 due to many well-known Twitch streamers and YouTubers playing it. In response to the game’s popularity, a sequel, Among Us 2, was announced in August 2020. However, a month later in September, the planned sequel was cancelled, with the team instead shifting focus to improving the original game.