Among Us' immense popularity has spawned a near-identical clone game due for release on Steam, and players are getting pretty suspicious of it.
The ongoing popularity of Among Us has attracted copycat games, including one called Pretend that has the Steam community up in arms. Originally released in November of 2018, the simplistic multiplayer game of sabotage known as Among Us jumped in popularity in 2020. Developer Innersloth was working on a sequel to the game originally but canceled it in order to improve the game that players had suddenly latched onto. A game perfect for groups of friends or streamer team-ups on Twitch, it stands alongside Fall Guys as one of 2020's breakout hits from the indie scene.
Because of that growing popularity, it's only natural that other developers would look to Among Us for inspiration. After all, Among Us was not the first game to dig into the concept of spacemen hunting impostors in their midst. New Blood Interactive published Unfortunate Spacemen in 2016 on Steam Early Access, and that game has since jumped on the bandwagon somewhat by offering a free-to-play alternative to the more popular game. Spacemen is a first-person 3D take on the same type of premise, which means that there's room for both in the conversation. There's less room for games that lift the premise, design, and visuals of a game and then try to pass it off as a completely new product.