Among Us just got one of its biggest updates yet, adding new roles and abilities as well as setting the stage for players to earn new and exclusive cosmetics.
As revealed in a Direct-style “Emergency Metting” presentation, Among Us developer Inner Sloth revealed a massive new “Roles & Cosmicube” update that's available now.
The biggest addition with the update is four brand new Roles which give players unique abilities that add new layers to the core murder mechanic. Check out a rundown of the new roles below.
- Scientist: The Scientist can access a portable vitals panel to check on the status of the crew. The portable vitals panel has to be charged, so they will receive a unique task to refill the battery.
- Engineer: The engineer can use vents to move around quicker, and also catch venting imposters in the act. However, Engineers can’t stay in a vent forever.
- Guardian Angel: The Guardian Angels is the ghost of the first dead Crewmate who can temporarily shield and protect other living Crewmates. If timed properly, the Guardian Angel can prevent Imposters from killing a victim.
- Shapeshifter: This imposter role lets a player change their appearance and disguise themselves as other Crewmates. If done properly, the Shapeshifter can frame another Crewmate for a crime they didn’t commit. But the disguise doesn’t last forever.
Another new addition with the update is an expanded cosmetic and customization offering. Firstly, visors and special nameplates will be added so you can personalize your Crewmate further.
Currently, cosmetics can only be purchased with real money. Going forward, Among Us will add a new currency called Beans that can be earned through gameplay. Beans can be exchanged for new cosmetics in the Shop.
Among Us is also adding a new Battle Pass-style progression system called Cosmicubes. These Cosmicubes can be purchased from the Shop or given out to players during promotions. When a specific Cosmicube is activated, players can earn rewards unique to that Cosmicube by playing Among Us.
There are multiple paths in a Cosmicube meaning there are different ways players can spend their Pods for different rewards. Players can own multiple Cosmicubes at once, but only one can be activated at a time.
Real money can still be used to purchase a new currency called Stars, which are Among Us’ new premium currency. Between Stars, Beans, and Cosmicubes, there are numerous new ways for players to purchase or earn cosmetics.
The roles should add a new layer to Among Us’ popular Imposter gameplay, while new cosmetic offerings inch Among Us closer to games like Fortnite which feature unique ongoing rewards and collaborations. As one of the most popular games currently running, Among Us is showing everyone that it’s taking the ongoing service seriously.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN's News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.