Rivals of Aether has been one of many extra common platform fighters since its launch in 2017. And now Aether Studios introduced that it’s getting a sequel. Rivals 2 is slated for 2024 and can launch on “as many platforms” as attainable.
Aether Studios revealed the brand new recreation in its Rivals Direct 4 the place it additionally unveiled the turn-based dungeon crawler Dungeons of Aether. The Rivals 2 trailer principally confirmed the sport in motion, debuting a totally totally different artwork fashion and some acquainted characters: Zetterburn, Ranno, and Wrastor. Aether Studios mentioned its purpose is to “create [its] dream preventing recreation by taking [its] successes from Rivals of Aether and increasing on the system in all the fitting methods.”
The sport’s web site had extra in regards to the recreation, though numerous it’s nonetheless lined in thriller. Aether Studios isn’t certain if it will likely be free-to-play this time round, however is “researching each attainable enterprise mannequin.” The studio can be planning to have a beta someday in 2023. Nevertheless, don’t count on mod help at launch because it most likely gained’t come till someday after.
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As for the sport itself, Aether Studios goes to attempt to make it a greater single-player expertise whereas additionally nonetheless catering to (and prioritizing) the aggressive scene that has saved it alive. The staff additionally spoke to including shields, which have been infamously not within the first recreation, and mentioned it helped add a bit familiarity to the sequel, given their presence within the Tremendous Smash Bros. video games. Rivals 2 may also now have throws since they counter shields and parries will probably be a bit slower to steadiness out the addition of shields. Ledges additionally fall into the identical class as shields and have been added to make the sport extra acquainted to Smash gamers.
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The publish goes into all types of particulars about its six-frame buffer, getup specials, ledge specials, pummel system, and lack of L-canceling. And whereas all of it sounds totally different, Aether Studios ended the publish saying that it’s “fairly certain” that followers of the primary recreation may also just like the sequel. They only must be affected person.
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Rivals of Aether hit Steam Greenlight in 2015 with the purpose to be a better, but nonetheless aggressive, platform fighter. Its mechanics are arrange in a solution to discourage tenting and encourage extra aggressive play, as seen in its wall soar and parry techniques. The title has a cult following and sizeable esports presence, and has even acquired various new characters, together with Ori from Ori and the Blind Forest and Shovel Knight from Shovel Knight. It was beforehand locked to the PC till 2020 when the Nintendo Change port got here out.