A sequel to the Great Smash Bros.-fighter type Ether Rivals has been announced, and it’s aiming for a release date within the next two years.
simply called Rivals 2the sequel was announced on April 1 (although that’s no joke) and is slated for a 2024 release date. Instead, the game will forgo the original pixel art style for 3D characters and characters. background visuals.
According to developer Aether Studios, the goal “is to create our dream fighting game by taking our successes from Ether Rivals and develop the formula in all the right ways” for the sequel.
According to Rivals 2 FAQ page, closed beta testing is planned for 2023, players can sign up for the newsletter on the website and be notified when it’s time to sign up. Rivals 2 will also introduce shields, grabs, and ledges to the game.
At this time, the exact platforms the game will launch on are unknown. The team will also add an improved single-player mode to Rivals 2as the FAQ says:
“We have single-player designs that would provide new experiences for the fighting game genre as a whole. While competitive play will be a priority for us during game development, we’re laying the groundwork to create amazing single-player experiences that will help convert newcomers into hardcore competitors.
People interested in learning more about Rivals 2 can watch the on-demand version of a Twitch Q&A stream from Aether Studios CEO Dan Fornace and the studio’s lead programmer Trevor Youngblood.
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