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:
Mar 28, 2017

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June 4

Rivals Championship Series Season 4 Schedule Revealed

Season 4 of the Rivals Championship Series kicked off last weekend at Smash'N'Splash 5, and this year we're revealing the entire regular season schedule at once. You can register for some events right now (with more to follow this month) so you can start planning your year of competitive Rivals.

Rivals Championship Series 2019 Schedule

WI Dells, WI
May 31st - June 2nd
July 20th
Las Vegas, NV
August 2nd - 4th
Chantilly, VA
August 8th - 11th
Laurel, MD
Sept. 14th - 15th
Heat Wave 3
Tempe, AZ
Oct. 19th - 20th
DreamHack Atlanta
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 15th - 17th
RCS Online Major
Dec. (Date TBA)

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Season 4 Events Primer
One of the first things fans will notice this year is that there's now more time between events. Even though there's no shortage of great tournaments to be a part of, we would rather make the pacing more manageable instead of forcing attendees to pick and choose.

Our goal for the circuit is to make each event one worth traveling to. Each stop on the circuit promises new cities, more games, high quality production, and the biggest stages for Rivals players to compete on. This year we’ve continued the tradition of representing our community alongside the greater FGC, and have even expanded to some exciting new events to keep tournaments bigger and better.

This season also features much fewer online events than previous years. While online events are easy to join, we've heard loud and clear that players prefer the competitive integrity of offline events for the official circuit. The ones we do feature on the circuit this year will be huge, but not a place to get your weekly or monthly tournament fix like previous seasons. Make sure to visit our discord server and check out the tournament section for more casual daily online events.

Finally, one other notable reason we’ve slimmed down our event schedule is to allow the flourishing grassroots scene room to grow. This is something we’ve been honored and humbled to see happening, and this year seemed like the right time to let these events really come into their own. These are events where Rivals is the focus, the schedule is dedicated to it, the stream is dedicated to it, and the fans are coming out for it - so make sure to support these events when you can.

We hope you're excited to watch and attend our events this year! Let us know what you think of the schedule in the comments below.
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May 17

Russian and Custom Language Support

Привет, русскоязычное комьюнити 🙂 Как вы уже поняли из заголовка этого поста, Rivals of Aether наконец-то переведена на русский! Идея перевода родилась как только меня пригласили в команду в сентябре прошлого года – программировать интерфейсы и интегрировать Steam Workshop. Я всегда мечтал перевести что-то крутое на русский, а Rivals of Aether оказалось не просто крутой, но по-настоящему офигенной, так что энтузиазм захлестнул меня с головой. И, как обычно бывает, его хватило на несколько дней. Дальше началась рутина, нехватка времени, нехватка мотивации, технические проблемы и далее по списку. К счастью, мне удалось закончить перевод, хоть и спустя чудовищный промежуток времени; надеюсь это будет поводом для вас снова запустить игру и пригласить в нее ваших друзей. И да, я ни в коем случае не профессиональный переводчик, а перевод никак не тестировался до этого момента, так что возможны ошибки. Даже грубые. Пожалуйста, сообщайте о них по почте (contact[at]rivalsofaether[dot]com) или в социальных сетях.

Rivals of Aether now includes Russian as a language option! Localized by our very own team member Nick (ampersandbear), you can access it by navigating to options > display > language in the settings.

Since this localization is something Nick has been working on in addition to normal development tasks, we’re including it as a “beta” version. As we get closer to open support for other translations we welcome our Russian speaking community to play this version and offer your feedback. If you have any improvements or comments to share please send them to contact[at]rivalsofaether[dot]com, or contact us through any of our social media.

Custom Language Support
Attentive players might also have noticed that we now have a “Custom” option listed in the language settings after Russian. This allows you to add your own localizations.

This custom language is completely editable by you and controlled through a file we’ve included in the game’s directory. Since external language support is currently under development (as mentioned above), not all text characters may display properly yet. You can reference one of our LOC files and edit the LOC_CUSTOM file to begin your own localization.

To get started:
1. Right click on Rivals of Aether in your Steam library and select “Properties”.
2. In the “LOCAL FILES” tab select “BROWSE LOCAL FILES…”.
3. Open up “LOC_CUSTOM.txt” and one of our “LOC” files (EN,JP,RU) for reference in your favorite text editor.

We’d love to see what people do with this, so feel free to reach out to us and share any translations you’re working on.
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About This Game


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. Praised for its competitive gameplay and intensive training tools, Rivals of Aether is the perfect entry to the Platform Fighter genre.

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. Customize your Abyss Mode builds and challenge your friends in ABYSS VERSUS .
  • Take your skills online in ONLINE VERSUS ! Play against your friends or test your skills in RANKED MODE to climb the leaderboard.
  • Study TUTORIAL MODE to hone your skills from beginner to advanced lessons. Or boot up PRACTICE MODE to get your hands on all the frame data and hitbox visualizations.


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 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.

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 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 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 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.

Absa is a famed engineer and martialist of the Elders of the Air Alliance. Despite the laws of the Elders, Absa secretly developed storm techniques in the caves of the Archai mountains.
  • CLOUD CONTROL - Absa can place a cloud using her Neutral or Forward Special. This cloud hangs in the air until Absa bursts it by tapping her Neutral Special and knocking enemies away.
  • THUNDER BOLT - Absa can charge her Neutral Special to create a powerful lightning blast that connects her to her cloud. All opponents caught between the two will be knocked away at high speeds.
  • CONDENSED STORM - Absa focuses the power of a lightning bolt to the tip of her hoof. If she can line up one of her aerial kicks perfectly, she unleashes great power.

Etalus is a legendary warrior in his native land. He is one of the last surviving members of the Harbor Guard and uses the power of ice to augment his massive strength.
  • HOME ICE ADVANTAGE: Etalus can use his Forward Special or Forward Tilt to freeze the ground beneath him in order to slide across on the icy surface.
  • ARMORED UP: When standing on ice, Etalus can use his Neutral Special to absorb the ice and create ice armor around his body.
  • AVALANCHE: Etalus can use his Down Special to shatter all nearby ice, instantly freezing any enemies who are standing on it.

System Requirements

    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 8 / 10
    • 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: 300 MB available space
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 8 / 10
    • 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: 300 MB available space

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