Among Us, the comical murder mystery game for mobiles and PC, will soon let its players report those who are toxic or using hacks to cheat.
It is practically a household name now, owing to its simplicity and the sweet satisfaction of duping your unfortunate friends and emerging (blood-stained but) victorious. Set on one of three sci-fi themed maps, the players are a group of dutiful crewmates who must complete their various tasks across the space station. However, one or more of the crewmates is secretly an impostor, who will pretend to busy themselves with tasks, and then kill the others at opportune moments. Once a body is discovered, the players discuss who they think might have offed one of their own. They then vote, and the player with the most votes against them is ejected into space.
The impostor wins if they kill all of the crewmates undetected, whereas the crewmates win if they correctly identify the imposter and boot them out into the cold void. It's great, and taps into the vibe of Werewolves, or the CBBC TV show Trapped!. Pulling off a perfect rampage through the spaceship and avoiding accusations every time is a devilishly delightful feat, so it's a shame when a player uses hacks to ruin the game's premise. These actions range from letting dead players talk in the chat, cancelling emergency meetings, changing the votes, and killing without cooldowns.
Expectedly, these are extremely unfun games. One person developed a hack which promoted their own YouTube and Discord channels as well as Donald Trump's re-election campaign in the game's chat log, causing games to be nigh on unplayable due to the spam. Innersloth, the developer of Among Us, addressed the issues with hacks last month, but it's cracking down on any and all forms of poor sportsmanship.
"[Accounts] will allow players to report accounts that are toxic and/or hacking," explained the team in its latest roadmap for the game. "They may be a bit barebones at first but things like friends lists will also come at a later date after launch." There are only three people working on Among Us, and as a result, new features and projects take some time to roll out. In addition, the team criticised its hastiness to curb hacking when it happened in October, and that it will be slower but more methodical in its approach.
"There will be more server updates to fix all of this, but rushing anti-hacks is what caused the bugs, so cleaning things up is a slower process," stated InnerSloth. "Also rest assured that any threats made in the game are false and your devices and data are safe. If you see a hacker, ban them or find a different room." Among Us is also getting a new map with new tasks, a colourblind mode, and new translations in the future.
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