RIVE is the metal wrecking, robot hacking shooter you've been waiting for! This 360-degree shooter/platformer hybrid lets you choreograph a ‘dance of destruction’ in insanely spectacular battles and set-pieces.
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Very Positive (114 reviews) - 95% of the 114 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 13, 2016

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November 22, 2016

Free RIVE expansion: Challenges & Battle Arenas

Two months after RIVE's release, we're pushing out a major update featuring Challenges, Battle Arenas and a new Normal campaign difficulty level. Also, as we've previously said, RIVE is Two Tribes' last game, and we felt that this would be a good time to give you a status update.

RIVE came out a little over two months ago, and it's been a wild ride. Players loved it, which is reflected in the amazing 95% "very positive" Steam user review score. Reviewers dug it too, calling it “A heart attack inducing crazy nostalgia rollercoaster” featuring “Some of the most memorable moments in a shoot-em-up in years”. It was “The perfect combination of bullet hell and platformer” and “An awesome game from start to finish”. All in all, “A very serious candidate for the title Surprise Game of 2016”!

We got totally addicted to watching people play RIVE on YouTube and Twitch, often late at night due to differing time zones. We saw people set unbelievable Speedrun times and even complete the entire Single-Credit Mode (without ever dying), something we didn't really think was possible!

Longevity

People are having a ton of fun with our final game, so it's no surprise that the feedback we get most often is: it should go on longer! We totally understand, especially as the existing extra modes (Speedrun and Single-Credit) focus on hardcore players who want to refine their RIVE skills.

For this update we wanted to add more real content, but new levels with the production value of the main campaign just weren't an option (more on that at the end of this post). Ultimately we found a great way to extend RIVE and provide more variety with the new Challenges and Battle Arenas.

Challenges has something new for you every day, in bronze, silver and gold variations. We challenge you to complete special tasks in familiar backdrops, with a cumulative difficulty level. Essentially, there will be something to do every time you return to RIVE.

Battle Arenas, on the other hand, offers endless fighting, begging the question just how long you could possibly survive. We've taken three popular scenes from the game and extended them forever… or until you inevitably crash and burn. (Active Steam players were able to playtest this idea in the temporary Skywhale Survivor special mission.)

Difficulty

There's another oft-heard piece of feedback. While RIVE met our goal of making a hardcore game for fans of classic shooters and platformers, some people just find it too difficult. A few even called us “sadistic”! Although, to be fair, we also had a guy complaining the game was “too easy”…

Many people told us RIVE is "the hardest game of the year", often as a compliment, but sometimes as a complaint too. Well, it's impossible to please everyone, and trying to do so will often result in something shapeless and bland. But let's just say that now that we've reached the hardcore, we want to make RIVE a bit more fun for all of you less hardcore players too.

We already tweaked the game's difficulty in earlier updates, but for v1.1 we've really gone in to polish some of the tougher parts. The in-game statistics helped us a lot as we could see where people died the most. On top of that, we added a Normal difficulty level to the campaign and separate missions.

We still feel Hard is the way RIVE is meant to be played, but for those who need it, Normal comes with stronger bullets, less damage from enemies and stronger health pick-ups.

Release notes

Full release notes are in this Discussions topic.

Two Tribes Update

So what else is going on at Two Tribes? We said last summer that RIVE would be our last game, and that we'd support it as well as we could.

Today, Two Tribes is a bare-bones version of what it once was. Co-founder Collin just left for Vietnam, the first stop on his world trip, and artist Meinte has been working at MediaMonks for a while… So we're just co-founder Martijn and writer Niels now.

However, the above is still true. We're not working on any new projects, and we hope this new update shows that we're committed to making RIVE the best possible version of itself. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to get in touch!

In case you're wondering about ports: yes, other versions of RIVE are still in the cards, but we're not ready to announce any details, and they won't happen this year. If you want to enjoy RIVE now like many others are, your best chance is playing it on PS4 or Steam!

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October 5, 2016

What is your RIVE experience?

We're curious about how far you got in RIVE, and if you quit what your reason was to quit.

Sound off in the comments so we can make RIVE an even better game for you and others!

Thanks!

The Two Tribes Team

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Reviews

“A very serious candidate for the title Surprise Game of 2016”
9/10 – IGN Italia

“Some of the most memorable moments in a shoot-em-up in years”
8/10 – GameSpot

“A heart attack inducing crazy nostalgia rollercoaster”
9/10 – GamerLaughs

About This Game

RIVE is the metal wrecking, robot hacking shooter you've been waiting for! This 360-degree shooter/platformer hybrid lets you choreograph a ‘dance of destruction’ in insanely spectacular battles and set-pieces. RIVE feels like the explosive games of yore, pumping megapixels in true 21st century style.

  • Endless variety: fight on land, underwater, in zero gravity or on a moving train!
  • Gather hacks and control your enemies.
  • Upgrade your spider tank's special attacks, armor and loot magnet.
  • A 6+ hour campaign, voiced by Mark Dodson (Star Wars & Gremlins).
  • A deep story featuring our hero Roughshot, robot butlers, space loot and... clean teeth.
  • Prove your mettle in the extra Speedrun and Single-Credit modes.
  • Dozens of on-line leaderboards to compete in.

About hacking:

Ever dreamed of controlling your enemies? In RIVE you can. Find the hacks and get those gun turrets, nurse drones and irritable smashbots on your side. Or kickstart and hitch a ride on top of a bullet train!

About the story:

When space scavenger Roughshot gets trapped on a mysterious starship, he has to form a surprising alliance. Don't care about the story? Just shoot the messenger. Literally.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Dual Core, 2.5Ghz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 8000 series (discrete)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)
    • Processor: Dual Core, 2.5Ghz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 8000 series (discrete)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux
    • Processor: Dual Core, 2.5Ghz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 8000 series (discrete)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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