RIVE Wii U Version Cancelled; Now Coming to Switch

on February 27, 2017 10:01 AM

Today, developer Two Tribes announced that it has cancelled its twin-stick shooter/platformer RIVE for the Wii U, and is instead brining the game to the Switch sometime this year.

As you may know, RIVE released last year on PS4 and PC. It was also supposed to release for the Wii U, but was delayed, with Two Tribes telling Nintendo Life the following:

 “We won’t release Rive unless it’s a solid 60 FPS, and if that means delaying it to a future platform, we will make that call and make sure Nintendo fans get the perfect experience.”

The Switch version of the game will be playable in ultra-fast 60 FPS according to the developer. Further, Two Tribes revealed that the game is being developed for the platform with Engine Software, and will have a Switch exclusive expansion. However, further details on this said expansion were not provided.

The developer accompanied the announcement with the following statement:

“Two Tribes has always had a strong Nintendo tradition. Toki Tori on Game Boy Color was our debut, way back in 2001! Since then, many of our games have appeared on Nintendo platforms, including Toki Tori 2+ and RUSH. Lots of fans have let us know they’d like to play RIVE on a Nintendo system. So we can’t wait to finally bring RIVE to Nintendo Switch!

RIVE is a great fit for Nintendo Switch. It was always intended as an explosive ode to the action games of the early nineties. Nostalgic, yet thoroughly modern. And we feel that Nintendo Switch, too, is all about bringing the experience from our youth, playing deep and skill-based games together, to the current day.”

Never heard of RIVE? No problem — here’s a brief overview, courtesy of the game’s Steam page:

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.

  • Keep playing with the daily Challenges and infinite Battle Arenas.

RIVE is $14.99 USD on both PS4 and PC, so expect this price, or at least something in this ballpark, for the Switch version.

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