Rival for Aether sequel gets series major revamp, coming in 2024

Pixelated platform fighter Rivals of Aether is getting a sequel and glowing with Rivals 2. The indie development studio behind the series Aether Studios revealed the game’s first trailer today, and it’s definitely not a joke.

Rivals 2 jumps to detailed 3D models, a huge visual change from the original’s 16-bit inspired sprites. The footage shown looks gorgeous, showing off HUD-free gameplay of the three competitors. Zetterburn the fiery lion, Wrastor the wielder and Ranno the poison frog martial artist all return with plenty of screen time to showcase their updated looks and moves.

While the new characters weren’t shown in the trailer, new mechanics did. Those familiar with Super Smash Bros. will probably be very pleased with these additions. Shields were added as a defense mechanism, as well as grapples against them. Also, “Throws look cool,” an FAQ explaining why they were added to the game.For more subtle questions and answers about the changes to combat in Rivals 2, see Game FAQ page.

According to Aether Studios, Rivals 2 isn’t expected to release until 2024, but it does plan to hold a closed beta sometime next year. The original Aether Rival is currently available on Xbox One, Switch, and PC.