InnerSloth Developer Tells Console Ports For Among Us Faces Challenges With Text-based Chat Being Utilized In-game


Posted on October 2, 2020 by Nick Moreno

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For the past handful of weeks, developer InnerSloth has been making waves online with its currently and still very popular title, Among Us. Pitting a crew of players in one location, users must uncover who the one imposter is before all is murdered off. Initially originated on mobile, the game just recently received a PC version which spawned a whole cult following for the title.

But as the game further develops a larger audience, it is suggested that Among Us would further grow its player count on newer platforms. While we are already aware of mobile and PC being the current homes for the game, many are anticipating that consoles can expect the title to ship respected versions in the coming future. But to port a game of this degree is not as easy as many would assume.

During a livestream hosted by one InnerSloth developer, the Among Us employee shares that due to the text-based chat for the game, playing on console could be an issue for those on either Xbox, PlayStation, or even Switch.

[Making console port] is something we’re starting to talk about,” Willard said. “But we’d have to write a system for quick comms. It’d basically be for randoms, like Rocket League. I don’t know if we’d be able to implement console voice chat or not. I know one of the first things we want to add is a friend’s list-type account system because it’s real hard to do anything without that.

Forrest Willard, Lead Programmer

Noted from the statement, the firm is already investigating alternatives to make Among Us assessable on consoles. Referencing quick chat prompts is a possibility to resolve the issue, but it does not cover all fronts effectively for users playing. But for now on the matters of console play for Among Us, it is told the team is currently looking to incorporate a friend list system to better organize online play for users.

On some platforms, there is the possibility to integrate keyboard & mouse support. For the most part, a wireless keyboard can be paired to the respected system to at least use the system’s on-screen keyboard. But for gameplay, that is another obstacle. For Xbox, Microsoft has worked to bring in-house keyboard & mouse support working with developers, but Sony and Nintendo does not directly follow that path.

While keyboard & mouse support is essentially non-existent on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 does offer compatibility to some degree. In that, a selection of games do operate fine on the platform, but it is not directly implemented by the developer nor Sony and just works.

In other Among Us new, InnerSloth recently disclosed to be cancelling any pursuit for a sequel to the current title. The firm tells that the new project was shelved indefinitely to further update the base game. You can read the full report by heading here.

What do you think can be done for Among Us on console?

Among Us is out now for Android, iOS, and PC.

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