Against all odds, indie studio Innersloth has beaten the behemoths of EA and Activision for the top spot on the PlayStation Store with Among Us. While some thought it was losing steam, the PlayStation Blog‘s reported on Monday that Among Us has amassed more downloads than Call of Duty: Vanguard and FIFA 22 in December 2021.
The sci-fi multiplayer title was proclaimed as the #1 most downloaded game of December 2021 on PlayStation systems in both North America and Europe in one of the busiest months of the year. In addition to Call of Duty: Vanguard and FIFA 22, Among Us beat out the likes of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (which was #2 in North America), Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach (#4 in North America), and F1 2021 (#5 in Europe). Among Us was released on PlayStation and Xbox consoles on December 14, but almost any computer could run the game, and mobile is supported, so the game creating a surge of excitement on consoles is quite surprising.
The likely reasons for Among Us to be the leader of the pack is its cheap $4.99 price and the additions that the developer Innersloth has added to the game over the past year. First, are the Cosmiccubes which give players more skins and items to wear through monetary means. For example, the game teamed up with the popular League of Legends animated series Arcane for skins inspired by Jinx, Vi, and other characters from the show. In addition, Innersloth has added up to 15 player support, new color skins, and a new hide ‘n seek mode. Achievements and the addition of linking your current account to the new console releases have all helped the rise of Among Us once again.
Back in August 2020, Innersloth was planning to develop a sequel, and then a month afterward, the company decided to keep updating the original game instead. With the success of Among Us on PlayStation systems and likely Xbox consoles, this seems to have been the correct decision. With the addition of monetary systems and free updates over the past year, Among Us will likely stay relevant for many years to come.
“Thanks for all of the support this year – from the launch of the new Airship map to Roles, you’ve been there.,” said Innersloth on Twitter before taking a holiday break on December 17. “We’re grateful.”
With a VR version on the way, and likely a long roadmap to come, Innersloth is no longer an impostor in the industry anymore. They are giants among the independent scene and give more credence to the development community within it. The Crewmates from Among Us have also shown up in a riveting indie fighting game called Samurai Gunn 2 that we’d highly recommend checking out.