Korean developer Mumo Studio has announced a new social deduction game called Dubium, due to be released in Early Access in 2022.
Social inference games saw a surge in popularity in 2020 as titles like Among Us allowed friends locked in separate houses to still hang out for hijinks and fun. Originally released in 2018, Innersloth’s game became a phenomenon on streaming sites like YouTube and Twitch and will soon be ported to consoles as well three among us collector’s editions. It was only a matter of time before the success of Among Us sparked a spate of clones of the game’s winning formula, like the one to come Doubtful by Mumo Studio, which was announced just last week.
The founders of Mumo Studio, based in Seoul, Korea, have notable credentials attached to Games like Black Desert Online from Pearl Abyss and dead for the right. The five-player social deduction game Dubium will be the studio’s first indie title. In a science fiction universe of the near future, players slip into the role of a frontier or a traitor who are all trying to escape from an abandoned space station. Frontiers are the equivalent of crew members in Among Us who work together to fix solar panels to power the escape pod while the traitor sabotages their work, taking them off one by one.
Mumo Studio has announced that it will launch a Kickstarter campaign for Dubium sometime this month for those who wish to help develop the project, and there will also be a closed beta test that players will sign up for on the game’s official website can. Dubium will come too steam Early Access sometime in 2022, although it is currently unknown if there will be console versions of the game at any time.
While Among Us and Dubium have a lot in common on the surface, Mumo Studio’s game features an exaggerated 3D art style with sophisticated animation. The gadgets used by any Frontier or Traitor can be enhanced with rewards earned through gameplay, allowing players to customize their characters to suit their play style. The game is also being developed with streaming in mind and will become a Twitch extension viewers can suggest actions or even make decisions for the streamer. And even if the space station’s crew are from different locations around the world, Dubium’s built-in language lines and expressions make it easy for players to communicate.
For players looking to jump into a new experience similar to Among Us before 2022, First Class Trouble is another social deduction game which was released on November 1st for PC and PlayStation, where it was released as a PlayStation Plus title for PS4 and PS5. Developer Invisible Walls also went a different way with the graphics of the game and created an atmosphere that is strongly reminiscent of the BioShock series.
Doubtful will be released in Early Access on PC in 2022.
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