RIVALS OF AETHER is an indie fighting game set in a world where warring civilizations summon the power of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Play with up to four players locally or up to two players online.
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Release Date: Sep 22, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Rivals of Aether is a competitive fighting game. Therefore the balance is very important to us. We want to make sure that every character has enough tools to deal with every other character. We will be adjusting each character throughout Early Access as we work toward a balanced launch roster.

We have single player features that are not ready yet. We want to give players a chance to play without having them wait for the single player to be completed. We also have features that we want to develop with the community. Our online features are barebones at the moment, but we would like to build more features with feedback from players.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“This game will be in Early Access for about 6 months while we work out bugs, balancing issues and online functionality. After around 6 months, we will be releasing the full game and the balance will remain in-tact for an extended period.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version will have less features while we develop them behind the scenes. There are 6 characters in the Early Access build while the game will launch with 8 characters. Early Access will not feature our single player modes of Story Mode and Abyss Mode as they will arrive when the game launches. We will also have a simple progression system that launches with the single player modes. Early Access will also develop some features over time such as online and quality of life improvements.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Early Access is a very playable, but limited version of Rivals of Aether. It features 6 characters, 5 stages, Local Versus (with CPUs), Practice Mode, and 1v1 Netplay. By purchasing Early Access, you can play it early and you will get the final game but keep in mind that you may come across bugs, frame rate issues, online lag and balance issues. These will be addressed as quickly as possible but we are a very small team and we thank you in advance for your patience.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price is likely to go up slightly from Early Access to the full release, so enjoy the discount by getting in early!”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We want fans to give us feedback in two places. We will post updates on both our Steam discussion pages and our thread on Smashboards.

We will be discussing feedback with fans and coming up with solutions to potential problems and bugs. We will also be informing players of updates through Patch Notes.”
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February 17

Community Forecast and the End of Aetherboards

Hey everyone,

We want to share a few announcements today regarding Aetherboards and where we're focusing our community efforts during 2017. Read on and let us know what you think of the news.

Aetherboards


We will officially be retiring Aetherboards at the end of this month.  With the full game launch on the horizon we want to focus our community efforts and meet you where you're most active.

You don't have to worry that closing Aetherboards will make it harder to get in touch with us. We have quite a few popular hubs that we frequent that are also teeming with players. Check out the communities below if you want to discuss Rivals or find players.


Discord
Our discord server is a great place to find opponents and meet other players.  It's growing exponentially, and just this week we were selected for the official discord partner program. This means we get a few perks to buff our awesome community like VIP voice servers, custom invite screens, a sweet partner badge, and a couple other extras to make us stand out.

A big shoutout to all of our players who call the server home, Zam who founded it and the rest of the mod team who keeps it from being buried in memes.  We're just shy of reaching 2k members so hopefully we'll reach that milestone soon. Discord is also home to a bunch of other great Rivals communities like the RoA Academy, NCS Tournament server, EU Rivals, and too many more to mention. Check out the #rules-and-about channel in the main discord to find your way to the other discord servers.



Share this link to invite your friends: https://discord.gg/RoA


Reddit

Most of the dev team are redditors so you'll definitely be able to find us over on /r/RivalsOfAether.  Our sub normally has the most up to date news and events and looks beautiful to boot with a custom Rivals design by /u/kenxftw.

Steam Forums
Our Steam forums have always been active and we don't expect that to change any time soon. With Aetherboards leaving the picture, we're taking this opportunity to reorganize the Steam forums and bring over some of our useful posts from Aetherboards. We've recently added subforums and our news and announcements will continue to be cross-posted in Steam News. If you're a lover of traditional forums we hope you'll make the move over to Steam.

Xbox Clubs
Xbox players are always welcome anywhere, but if you're looking for an Xbox specific group then check out some of the Xbox clubs on your console or the Win10 app. Just search for "Rivals" and it should give you a list of the top ones to join. Our favorites are the 'Rivals of Smash Bros' and the 'Rivals Competitive and Casual Club'. There's tournaments, LFG, clip sharing, and more.

Other Channels
Wrapping it up, I don't want to leave out the obvious social networks but also don't think you need an example of what Facebook is at this point ;)

Rivals Facebook/ Twitter / YouTube / Twitch

We're always keeping a watch over all of these channels and make a point to answer your questions and help troubleshoot issues. You can also contact us directly at contact@rivalsofaether.com. Thanks for reading, and we'll see you online!

-Etalus

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February 15

Unlock Your Free Excalibur Zetterburn Skin

Alpharad has concluded his Excalibur trilogy, and now the Excalibur Zetterburn skin is available for everyone! Unlock your Excalibur today by following the link in the description of Alpharad's video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da9ZxooG9CQ



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About This Game

Overview


RIVALS OF AETHER is an upcoming 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.

Game Features


  • Choose VERSUS MODE to duke it out in competitive 1v1 or 2v2 fights, or jump into a free-for-all.
  • Play STORY MODE to learn the backstory behind each rival and begin to uncover the hidden mysteries of Aether.
  • Dive into ABYSS MODE to see how many waves of shadowy fighters you can defeat and reach the leaderboards alone or with a friend.
  • Take your skills online in ONLINE VERSUS! Play against your friends or test your skills by finding opponents through matchmaking.

Rivals


Zetterburn

Zetterburn, a son of the ruling family of the Firelands, is an experienced and hardened warrior. In battle, Zetterburn uses no weapons except for his razor-sharp claws and ability to control flame.
  • BURN DAMAGE - Zetterburn's special attacks can set opponents on fire, causing them additional damage over time.
  • WILD FIRE - Zetterburn's Down Special places flames on the stage. These flames stay for a period of time, burning any opponents who come in contact with them.
  • FIRE AMP - When an opponent is burning, Zetterburn's Strong Attacks can absorb the flames and launch the burned enemy twice as far, making for an effective killing blow.

Orcane

Orcane is a playful trickster, notorious for escaping even the most precarious of situations. He can transform into water and confuse enemies with a spray of bubbles.
  • PUDDLE TELEPORTATION - Orcane creates a puddle with his Neutral Special or Down Special. He can then teleport to his puddle using his Up Special as a powerful vertical blow or an effective recovery when launched off the stage.
  • BUBBLE EVAPORATION - Orcane can turn his puddle into a pillar of bubbles with his Down Special to trap enemies above the puddle.
  • WATER AMP - When standing on top of his puddle, Orcane can consume the water underneath him to perform powerful Strong Attacks with far greater range and knockback.

Wrastor

The youngest trainee in the history of the Air Academy, Wrastor has never lived by anyone's rules but his own. Currently an Aerial Ace for the Air Armada, Wrastor is wrecking havoc among the Armada's enemies and generals alike.
  • WINGED FLIGHT - Wrastor can jump 4 times, making him incredible at controlling the air and recovering from the toughest falls even when things look grim.
  • WIND CURRENT - Wrastor can create a Wind Current with his Forward Special, allowing him to move faster within it and chase his targets more effectively.
  • AERIAL ACE - Wrastor performs his charged Strong Attacks in the air instead of on the ground, a first for this genre.

Kragg

Kragg is a defender of the colossal Aetherian Forest. Deliberate and loyal, he is one of the infamous Wall Runners who patrol the Rock Wall. Unlike other Wall Runners, Kragg has the legendary ability to control the earth with his will.
  • ROCK HURL - Kragg can pull a rock out of the ground and hurl it at opponents. After it leaves his hands, the rock becomes a solid piece of stage that either Kragg or other players can break.
  • DEFENSE BALL - Kragg can curl into a ball and roll toward enemies. Although he can be damaged while in ball form, he cannot be knocked away.
  • EARTH PILLAR - Kragg can summon a pillar of earth to his feet regardless of where he is. If Kragg is about to fall to his death, this move can quickly turn his situation around.

Forsburn

Forsburn is the disgraced, eldest son of the Firelands' ruling family. After being condemned by the Fire Council and his own brother, Forsburn found refuge in a group of outsiders who had rejected the flame and mastered the way of smoke.
  • SMOKE SCREEN - Forsburn can use his Neutral Special to obscure the battlefield allowing Forsburn to remain hidden inside a cloud of smoke.
  • DECOY - Through his Forward Special, Forsburn can create a smoke facsimile of himself that can attack opponents. The illusory Forsburn breaks into smoke after being hit by a single attack.
  • CONSUME/COMBUST - By using his Down Special, Forsburn can consume his smoke clouds back into his body. After consuming three clouds, Forsburn is charged up and can use Down Special again to combust: knocking opponents away at high speed.

Maypul

Maypul is the self-appointed Guardian of the Aetherian Forest. She commands fearful respect throughout the forest for her unhesitating vigilantism. She uses her agility to trap any unknown intruders before they even realize she is there.
  • WATCHER'S MARK - Maypul can use her Seeds or her Watcher's Dash to mark opponents, making them susceptible to her following attacks.
  • WRAPPED UP - After marking her targets, Maypul can use her Strong Attacks or her trusty Plant to wrap marked opponents in place allowing her to follow up with another attack.
  • SLING SHOT - Maypul can use her vines to sling toward marked opponents, allowing her to elude attacks and quickly close distances.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 1.2GHz processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX Compatible graphics card with at least 32MB of video memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires Microsoft® DirectX Runtime: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=8109
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 1.4GHz processor or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX Compatible graphics card with at least 32MB of video memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
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