RISE: Race the Future is one of the most ambitious, yet seemingly overlooked games that the Switch has in its library. The game has been on the market for over two years now, and the studio behind it, VD-Dev, has been quietly tinkering away at it since launch making incremental improvements. What’s being described as the “final touch” has now been released as a new update: version 1.6 – local multiplayer.
This new update adds support for split-screen local multiplayer action, allowing RISE players to enjoy some head-to-head action either on the big screen or in tabletop mode. The inclusion of this new functionality also makes use of the previous optimizations from the last update, which boosted the game’s performance. As a result, local multiplayer races can be played either in 30 FPS or 60 FPS, which is great considering that RISE is quite the hardware-pusher on Switch.
Check out the two-player action in this gameplay video for the update:
With VD-Dev calling this update the “final touch”, it would appear that the studio is finally closing the book on the development of RISE: Race the Future. There hasn’t been talk of its sales, but considering the game has been supported for so long, it would appear that it most likely did get at least a solid amount of recognition to justify the continued improvements. I would love to see a sequel come out at some point; I think RISE could make a great new franchise.
If you’re not familiar with this title, it’s a semi-futuristic racer that allows you to pilot vehicles that look like concept cars we see today. What makes these vehicles special is that, while they can drive on the ground like traditional cars, they also have the ability to automatically transform by raising their wheels and can then hover over bodies of water. The courses in the game have been designed to take full advantage of this ability, with races regularly transitioning from the ground to the air. Some races are even conducted entirely with the cars in hover mode.
And, as mentioned before, it certainly helps that this title is just straight-up beautiful; one of the best-looking games that the Switch has to offer. It’s only $16.49 usually, but as of the time of publication, it’s a mere $10.71.
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