Back in January 2018, developer Dan Fornace expressed interest in bringing the Smash Bros.-inspired Rivals of Aether to the Nintendo Switch. At the time, his team was looking to collaborate with other developers on porting the indie fighter out of Game Maker Studio, but little progress was shared since the idea was teased. However, looks like the game might be coming to the Switch sooner than we think! Fornace recently spoke of the Switch version’s development during the last Super Smash Con, citing netcode rebuilding and new features.

Flames of competition blaze anew

Fornace stated that the netcode for the game is being redone before a Switch release will launch. Additionally, Fornace spoke of new game modes coming to Rivals:

One of the biggest upgrades is that Rivals will be going from a two-player online game to up to four players, which means you’ll be able to queue for 1v1, 2v2, or free-for-all online. We’re also updating the friendly lobbies system, allowing you also to go up to four players, but you can go past that and have spectators. This allows you to do rotation lobbies. You can also spectate four-player matches. So these are all a ton of upgrades we’ve been working on behind-the-scenes.

Rivals of Aether is a 2D fighter set in a world of animalistic, elemental warriors, wielding powers of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. While most of the cast is composed of original characters, Rivals of Aether also features a couple of guest characters. If you ever wanted Shovel Knight or Ori and Sein (Ori and the Blind Forest) in Smash Bros., then Rivals might be worth your time!

A perfect fit for Nintendo Switch

At the time of writing, the game is already available for PC via Steam and Xbox One, with Windows 10 Store, Mac, and Linux releases planned. Personally, I was excited at the idea of Rivals on Switch back before Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was even announced. I dabbled in the game here and there on Xbox; now I can’t wait to play this either on-the-go, or comfortably in front of the TV with a GameCube controller in hand. Something about playing a Smash-like game with that particular controller just feels so right, you know?

Are you gonna play Rivals of Aether for the first time on the Switch? Which fighter catches your eye? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

In related news, Steam Workshop support is coming soon to Rivals of Aether. This will allow talented modders and artists to add in their own custom fighters! Check out the cheeky reveal trailer below for more details:

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Jeffrey McDonell
Rare import from Canada, lover of all things video game music and remixes, desk jockey by day, and Nintendo Enthusiast by night. I grew up on Nintendo consoles since the Game Boy Advance and GameCube, with standouts like Sonic, Mario, and Zelda defining my childhood.

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