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Rivals of Aether

Inspired by such titles as Super Smash Bros., an unusual fighting game with platformer elements. The action takes place in Aether, a war-torn fantasy world in which people from various civilizations can manipulate the elements – Fire, Water, Earth, and Air. The heroes we control try to learn about the roots of the endless conflict, which takes loads of fighting. The gameplay of Rivals of Aether, designed by Dan Fornace, comes down to fighting numerous battles on numerous 2D arenas. During combat, you may not only choose from a wide array of strikes and special skills (each character has three of the latter), but also take advantage of the design of the arenas, which are filled with elements such as walls, platforms, branches, or roofs. Apart from the single-player Story Mode, the game also features many more highlights – the Abyss, in which you face waves of enemies (either single or in co-op) or Versus - its variation consisting of competing with friends. Interestingly, you can play 1v1 or 2v2 via the Internet or in the split-screen mode. The title features old-school 2D pixel art visuals.

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PC / Windows
Game Rivals of Aether (PC) Cover
Rivals of Aether

Rivals of Aether | PC

Fighting, platform, 2D, indie games

Companies responsible for Rivals of Aether

Dan Fornace | game developer

Dan Fornace | publisher   Official website

Rivals of Aether release date for PC:

game language:
English

28 March 2017 | Worldwide

28 March 2017 | Europe

28 March 2017 | USA

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet / common screen, players: 1 - 4

Microsoft XBOX ONE
Game Rivals of Aether (XONE) Cover
Rivals of Aether

Rivals of Aether | XBOX ONE

Fighting, platform, 2D, indie games

Companies responsible for Rivals of Aether

Dan Fornace | game developer

Dan Fornace | publisher   Official website

Rivals of Aether release date for XBOX ONE:

game language:
English

May 2018 | Worldwide

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet / common screen, players: 1 - 4

Rivals of Aether for Xbox One is a retro 2D fighting title with platformer elements. The game is created by Dan Fornace, an independent developer and former Microsoft employee who worked on such titles as Trials Evolution, Mark of the Ninja, Joe Danger 2: The Movie, Dust: An Elysian Tail, and Ori and the Blind Forest.

Plot

The action takes place in a fantasy world of Aether in which each civilisation can manipulate the elements of Water, Fire, Air, and Earth. The player takes control of one of the races and, by fighting, tries to unravel the mystery about the roots of the conflict that devours Aether.

Mechanics

The mechanics of Rivals of Aether draw inspiration from the Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series and combine elements of old-school 2D fighting games and classic platformers. Gameplay consists in fighting battles on diverse, two-dimensional arenas. However, these are not flat all the way – they feature loads of different platforms, like walls, roofs, tree branches. You can use them during combat by jumping from one ledge to another, just like in classic platformers. The characters available are immensely interesting – representing Aether’s races, they are crosses between different animal species. Apart from basic abilities and attacks, each possesses three powerful offensive skills that draw on one of the elements.

Game modes

The production by Dan Fornace offers a number of diversified game modes for single and multiplayer. In the Story Mode, you combat lots of AI-controlled enemies and in the meantime unfold Aether’s story and mysteries. In the Abyss mode, alone or with friends, you need to fend off waves of opponents and try to survive for as long as possible. In the Versus mode, available for local and Internet clashes, you combat other players in 1v1 or 2v2 modes.

Technical aspects

Released on Xbox One, Rivals of Aether utilises old-school, 2D graphics inspired by 16-bit computers and consoles hits. The pixelled visuals are pleasant and provide extremely dynamic and smooth animation.

Rivals of Aether trailer #1

Rivals of Aether trailer #1 | 2:20

Zwiastun Rivals of Aether, zrealizowanej w stylu retro dwuwymiarowej bijatyki z elementami platformówki. Za powstanie tytułu odpowiada niezależny twórca Dan Fornace.