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Risk of Rain 2

Platform(s): Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Gearbox Publishing
Developer: Hopoo Games
Release Date: Spring 2020

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'Risk of Rain 2' Survivors of the Void Expansion Coming In Q1 2022 - Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2021 @ 4:29 p.m. PST

Risk of Rain 2 brings 3D graphics and third-person shooter mechanics to the franchise while maintaining that classic co-op roguelike gameplay fans love from the original.

The classic multiplayer roguelike, Risk of Rain, returns with an extra dimension and more challenging action. No run will ever be the same with randomized stages, enemies, bosses, and items. Play solo, or team up with up to four friends to fight your way through hordes of monsters, unlock new loot, and find a way to escape the planet.

With each run, you'll learn the patterns of your foes, and even the longest odds can be overcome with enough skill. A unique scaling system means both you and your foes limitlessly increase in power over the course of a game--what once was a bossfight will in time become a common enemy.

Myriad survivors, items, enemies, and bosses return to Risk 2, and many new ones are joining the fight. Brand new survivors like the Artificer and MUL-T debut alongside classic survivors such as the Engineer, Huntress, and--of course--the Commando. With over 75 items to unlock and exploit, each run will keep you cleverly strategizing your way out of sticky situations.

Risk of Rain 2 returns with its first ever expansion, Survivors of the Void, coming in Q1 of 2022.

The Void is the home dimension of dark creatures. Their power has grown for countless millennia as their hordes of items, weapons, and powerful beings expanded. Cloaked in the aegis of the Void Dimension, their strength is unchecked. As they grow, they are united through the vision of the Harbinger.  

The door to their world has opened and the power of The Void has been unleashed. Empower two new survivors with Void Items and bring the fight to the crabs! 

‘Survivors of the Void’ is the first true expansion we have ever done for a game, so we want to make sure we do it right! We wanted to make sure players are getting more of what they already enjoy about Risk of Rain 2 - cool items and cool survivors - while also adding in some new unique enemy, stage and mode designs. When we were initially designing the expansion we had a couple different ideas for the type and scope of content, but the one we kept coming back to was to create an expansion with as much raw content for the game as possible."

“All of the new content we try to design for RoR 2 is intended to be multiplicative of what’s in the game currently - that way there is as much variety as possible each time you play the game,” said Paul Morse and Duncan Drummond, co-founders of Hopoo Games. “The new items and survivors, alongside the new Void Item System, will empower players to take content they chase after in a run, and enhance it - or even change it completely. Players will discover a lot of cool new combinations that weren’t possible prior to the DLC.” 

New Content Coming in Survivors of the Void: 

  • Alternate Final Boss & Stage 
  • 2 New Survivors 
  • 40 New Items - Including an entirely new item-tier exclusive to the expansion 
  • New Game Mode – The Simulacrum
    • The Simulacrum is a wave-based arena mode set within a Void simulation. It can be played both single and multiplayer and contains any artifacts you’ve unlocked ready for use. It is an endless mode that only concludes with your simulated demise.  
    • You can see the new mode in action in Dev Thoughts #23.  
  • 9 New Monsters 
  • 2 New Bosses 
  • 2 New Elite Types 
  • 4 New Stages 
  • 3 New Interactables (similar to chests, Scrappers, 3D printers and item containers) 
  • New Music 
  • Additional fixes, changes, and improvements 

"We have been talking through the idea of a wave based gamemode internally for a long time - since our initial Risk of Rain 1 Kickstarter! The Simulacrum is a perfect way for players who have a ton of hours into the main loop of the game to continue to play Risk 2, but with a new and exciting change. The Simulacrum can also be an easy entry point for RoR2 veterans to introduce the game to friends. Since we have been working on the Simulacrum, we find ourselves testing the new gamemode just as much as the main game. It’s awesome how well it works with the systems we have set up in the game."

Details on console availability of this added content will be coming soon. 

Key Features

  • Play four player co-op seamlessly through Steam — no more port forwarding
  • Unlock over 75 items over time, keeping each run fresh and full of new challenges
  • Play and unlock new and returning survivors, each with their own abilities to master
  • Theorycraft and exploit endless item and character combos
  • Encounter challenging monsters and enormous bosses
  • Explore massive, handcrafted 3D levels
  • Discover lore through the collection of Monster, Item, and Environment Logs
  • Challenge your friends—and the world—in all-new Prismatic Trials, a unique seeded run where everyone can race up a global leaderboard

Risk of Rain 2 is available on PC (Steam), Xbox One, PS4, Google Stadia and Nintendo Switch.

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