RIVALS OF AETHER is an indie fighting game set in a world where warring civilizations summon the power of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Choose a Rival to bring into the battlefield and manipulate the powers of the classical elements and animal movement. Untangle the mysterious conflicts of the planet Aether in Story Mode or take your combat skills online and challenge your friends across the world.

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Rivals of Aether Full Release on Steam

Happy PC launch day everyone! As of 9AM this morning, Rivals of Aether has officially left Early Access on Steam.  We’re incredibly excited as the full release brings a ton of new content, polish, and ways to play alone or with a friend. For those of you not familiar with our game, YouTube sensation Adam Carra will introduce you in the following instructional video. For the rest of you, let’s go over what’s been added to the game as well as what to expect for the future of Rivals.

Version 1.0.0: New Modes and Content

In addition to bringing the long awaited single player modes, the full launch today also packs in plenty of extra collectibles and polish. Content changes this update include:

  • Story Mode
  • Abyss Mode
  • Leaderboards
  • Currency / Unlockables (New skins, custom color slots, and more)
  • Collectible Steam Trading Cards / Badges / Backgrounds
  • New Music (stage music, victory themes, menu music)
  • Achievements

Preview of the Rivals backgrounds you can unlock for your Steam profile

Steam Backgrounds_v2


Balance Changes

Now that we’ve left Early Acess, you can also expect balance changes to taper down. Early Access was the perfect time to experiment and get feedback, but now you most likely won’t see changes unless things are being shaken up heavily (e.g. something like a roster addition).  Here’s the balance changes for patch 1.0.0:

  • 1.0.0 Maypul Root not destroyed by hitboxes. Damage 6 > 5.
  • 1.0.0 Kragg Nair Hit 2 knocks up isntead of out.
  • 1.0.0 Kragg Fair angle changed from 35 – 40.
  • 1.0.0 Maypul lower Usmash hitbox reinspect. (only 8 pixels wider)


CEO Dreamland Seasonal Colors

The seasonal colors are back and this time the Rivals are sporting CEO Dreamland styles. Join us in Orlanda, Florida or watch online and support the stream as Rivals makes its first appearance at CEO.  If you’re also interested in playing Rivals at the event, now’s a great time to register as the devs are covering 50% of the entry fee for new players plus a copy of the game.

What’s next for Rivals? Xbox One Launch, Abyss Versus Online, and more

That’s right, just because we’re released doesn’t mean we’re done. First, now that the PC version is out we can focus on Xbox. We’ve got some extra requirements for console and other things to figure out like DLC so we’re expecting the Xbox launch to happen sometime in May. We also have our eyes set on making some additions to the game that have been heavily requested by fans. We would put these together as a patch 1.1 for both Xbox and PC. Here are the top ones on our list that we’d like to get out in the next patch:

  • Enable Abyss Versus Online
  • Replay Improvements (Rewind, pause, fast forward)
  • Keyboard Control Improvements (C-stick functionality)

Let us know your favorite parts of story mode or abyss and what you’d like to see most in future patches of Rivals in the comments below.

Rookies of Aether – New Player Promo at CEO Dreamland

With CEO Dreamland coming up soon, we’re kicking off a special promo for just $5 that makes Rivals registration a sweet deal for new players at the event .

Registering for Rivals of Aether any time from today until the end of registration gets you:

  • A copy of Rivals of Aether for PC
  • 50% discount on Rivals event registration (the dev team will cover the other half!)
  • Entry into a raffle for a custom Rivals of Aether GCC from Controller Chaos

With the full launch for Rivals of Aether just two weeks away this is the perfect time to get into the scene. We’ll even send your copy of the game shortly after you register so you have a chance to practice and get a chunk of that CEO Dreamland prize pool.

Our pot bonus is also still growing and is just $10 shy of $1,000 at the time of this post.  We’re helping to grow that prize pool with our CEO themed stage skin for Rock Wall, the first alternate stage art for Rivals. You can pick it up for a limited time in the CEO Dreamland compendium.

We’re super excited to be a part of the first Smash specific CEO event and can’t wait to head down to Florida and play. Hope to see you there!

New Alternate Stage Art – The CEO Ring

CEO Dreamland is coming up soon and we can’t wait to head to Florida to play. If you’re unfamiliar with the CEO series, it’s a huge fighting game tournament with a wrestling theme. Top players even have their matches in the middle of a wrestling ring. This year organizer Alex Jebailey is showing his love for the scene with his take on a platform fighter/brawler specific CEO event – and that’s where CEO Dreamland comes in.

Since Rivals will be a main event at the tourney we wanted to show our support with an awesome stage skin you can pick up in the compendium right now – The CEO Ring.

Full CEO Ring alternate stage skin

 This stage skin replaces the Rock Wall with brand new art, animations, and even has a remixed version of the Rock Wall theme music by flashygoodness.  The majority of the funds also go straight back to the players as a pot bonus for the Rivals bracket, so it’s a great way to support the community.

If you’re able to make it we’d love to see you at the event, so make sure you stop by the Rivals area and say hi! Stay tuned for more announcements this month including the full launch of the game on PC with brand new game modes, stages, and more.

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