Among Us has added new player roles in a major update

Compared to many of the social deduction games on board that inspired it, Among Us is pretty straightforward. Good, evil, and that’s it. Well, last night it took a step towards its roots with the addition of four new roles that can change how you play your character – and how you think about other people’s characters. Say hello to the Scientist, the Engineer, the Guardian Angel and the Shapeshifter.

On the part of the crew members, the scientist can control everyone’s vital signs from a distance to detect deaths, the engineer can travel through the ventilation openings that were previously exclusive to fraudsters, and the first dead crew member will become a guardian angel capable of giving a living friend a temporary protection shield. Fraudsters also occupy a Shapeshifter role that can transform into another player’s likeness.

Lobby hosts can futz with role settings, change how many of each can appear, and the likelihood of someone becoming each, as well as polishing or nerding the role duration and cooling of role abilities.

Cosmicube unlocks a Among Us screen.

It works a lot.

The update has also brought a new system for the purchase of cosmetics. These are two currencies: Beans, earned by playing, and Stars, bought for real money. These can buy various ‘Cosmicubes’, each containing a series of items unlocked by Pods (earned by playing), a bit like a load of skill trees or combat passes. It seems unnecessarily complicated, but hey.

Along with this, developers Innersloth have introduced account linking so you can share cosmetics and XP on the same account across different platforms.

Read version 2021.11.09 patch notes for more on all the features.

The patch got off to a skewed start. Innersloth had to issue a hasty patch to stop false bans on hacking, and players disconnecting have been temporarily banned for sometimes several hours. “SORRY, I’ll fix it,” they said said on the second question.

Among Us may not be as important a part of the social structure as it was during the height of the Covid-19 lockdown, but we’ll still tell you that it’s one of the best multiplayer games.

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