Indie Super Smash Bros. Inspired Fighter Rivals of Aether Leaves Early Access March 28

Indie Super Smash Bros. inspired fighting game Rivals of Aether is finally set to leave Steam Early Access.

The game’s developer, Dan Fornace, confirmed the fighter would see its full release on March 28th of this year. Featured above, a slick launch trailer was released in celebration of the new launch date.

Here’s a rundown on the game:

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.

Key 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.

You can find the game’s Steam page here.

It’s worth mentioning the game will get an Xbox One release sometime in late April / early May, according to Fornace’s planned post-launch schedule.

Following this, a guest DLC character and stage are planned for late May / early June, followed by a DLC expansion with four new characters, and finally a second guest DLC character and stage are planned for next winter.

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  1. Madbrainbox
    January 29, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    If Nintendo won’t release their games on PC,it’s good that someone else is releasing something similar.

  2. Nagato
    January 29, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    It’s significantly better than Smash at this point as well: gave me the gameplay improvements and (non-shitty) innovation I always wanted from Smash after Melee, in addition to the catering to the competitive community that was sorely lacking with Brawl and beyond.

  3. Gaspar
    January 29, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    I’m not sure if this is the case here, since I never played this game, but that is a nice thing that started happening a while ago where Indie (-ish) games will pick up from where big franchises decided to drop the ball.
    Happened to Sim City with City Skylines, Rollercoiaster Tycoon with Planet Coaster and Harvest Moon with Stardew Valley, for example.

  4. scemar
    January 29, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I love the mechanics, a lot of creative, sophisticated and modern take on what a smash-like game could implement

    Smash 4 managed to come up with some cool mechanics here and there yet they often felt too clunky or unbalanced or not actually meaningful enough, but overall RoA’s rooster does a much better job at coming up with a cool playstyle concept for the characters and really making the gimmicks feel good and well integrated

  5. scemar
    January 29, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    good game, I do not regret having bought on early access already

  6. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    January 29, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Pick up the gamecube controller and play Melee instead of this trash.

  7. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 29, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Play Smash 4 instead of that trash.

  8. catazxy
    January 29, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Or just play whatever you like, instead of talking trash.

  9. SuuLoliBoob
    January 29, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Meh, looks like indie retro for the sake of looking retro trash.

  10. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    January 29, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    if Nitnendo re releases Melee, I would

  11. Gaspar
    January 29, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Some of them are for the sake of it, but mostly it’s because it’s cheaper to make pixel art like that look good.

  12. AuraMaster DX (austin9568)
    AuraMaster DX (austin9568)
    January 29, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    But how’s he gonna get that good noodle star from big daddy sakurai?

  13. Tristan (Chili1)
    Tristan (Chili1)
    January 29, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Sm4sh > Melee

  14. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    January 29, 2017 at 4:27 pm


  15. NuclearKangaroo
    January 29, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    i dont think City Skylines counts as indie since paradox published the title, it is from a middle sized dev tough, not AAA garbo

  16. scemar
    January 29, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    lines between “indie” and small or mid size devs have sort of gotten blurry in people’s minds

    if it’s not a japanese dev, and it’s not AAA either, it seems to get called indie lately

    January 29, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Nah, they talk trash because they got the original while we get cheapwares for the PC.

    Nintendo elitism at its core.

  18. AnarKreig
    January 30, 2017 at 12:48 am


  19. Fenrir007
    January 30, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Melee is a ded gaem.

  20. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    January 30, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Nice meme faggot.

  21. Fenrir007
    February 4, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Nice delusion, handsome.