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'Among Us' Is Changing What Happens When Players Are Killed

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'Among Us' Is Changing What Happens When Players Are Killed

If you've played InnerSloth's surprise indie hit Among Us, you'll know that death is not the end. After being murdered by an impostor, or unfairly ejected by your teammates, your ghost can still help by hanging around and finishing any leftover tasks. You're basically a spirit with really boring unfinished business.

The upshot of this is that once you've completed your tasks as a ghost, there's very little left you can actually do. Ghosts can chat to one another, but they can't warn their living teammates about the impostor or assist them in any tangible way. While there obviously should be a limit to what a dead player can do, it can get a little dull when you've bitten it at the very start of a game that ends up running for ages.

Among Us / Credit: InnerSloth
Among Us / Credit: InnerSloth

As it turns out, InnerSloth is now considering making changes to how dead players can interact with the game. While nothing is confirmed yet, the studio is looking into making it so that ghosts can act as guardian angels, giving them the ability to save living players from impostors. The studio basically wants to find a way to give dead players more of a role in the game, as many have indeed complained about how boring it can be, and will often leave as soon as they die rather than see the rest of the round through.

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"[Balancing a change like that] is the hardest part," said InnerSloth programmer Forest Willard on Twitch's Weekly Gaming Show (thanks, Inverse). "We've thought 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."

Among Us / Credit: InnerSloth
Among Us / Credit: InnerSloth
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It definitely seems like it would be a tricky balance for the studio to pull off, especially while the game is as hugely popular as it is. Giving ghosts too much power could end up making things too hard for impostors, while leaving them as they are risks turning players off altogether. Obviously it's your choice if you leave as soon as you die, but it's always recommended that you stick around and see the game through until the end.

For now, it seems, ghosts will have to be content with the thrill of fixing wires in electrical knowing nobody is coming to kill them.

Featured Image Credit: InnerSloth

Topics: Among Us, Steam, PC

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