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The Loader Returns to Risk of Rain 2 With New Features in Skills 2.0 Update

The skills to pay the bills

Hopoo Games and Gearbox Publishing today released Skills 2.0 Update for Risk of Rain 2 on Steam Early Access. The Loader returns from the original Risk of Rain with the addition of a new stage, a new boss, the ability to earn new skills, and customize Survivor loadouts. Check out the new trailer and learn more about all of these features below.

The Loader fits the role of a bruiser that excels at grappling and up-close combat, including the following skills:

Passive: Scrap Barrier - The Loader is immune to fall damage. Striking enemies with the Loader’s gauntlets grants a temporary barrier.
Primary Fire: Knuckleboom - Swing at nearby enemies for 320% damage.
Secondary Fire: Grapple Fist - Fire your gauntlet forward, pulling you to the target.
Utility: Charged Gauntlet - Charge up a massive punch for 600%-2700% damage that sends you flying forward. Deals significantly more damage the faster you are moving.
Special: M551 Pylon - Throw a floating pylon that zaps up to 6 nearby enemies for 100% damage. Can be grappled.

New game features:

Skills 2.0 - Each Survivor has a new set of survivor-specific Challenges that, once completed, unlock new individual skills or skins for that respective Survivor. Mix and match skills and fine-tune a Survivor’s kit to perfection! More skills and skins will be added in future updates.
Siren’s Call - Dive into the mossy depths of Siren’s Call and challenge its unique boss.
New Items and Equipment - New dangerous additions made to the Survivors’ ever-growing library of tools of the trade.

Risk of Rain 2, developed by Hopoo Games and published by Gearbox Publishing, is a third-person roguelike shooter that earned over one million sales within its first month in Steam Early Access. Squad up with up to three friends in Risk of Rain 2 on Steam Early Access, Xbox One, PlayStation®4, and Nintendo Switch™ today.

GoNintendo Video - I want to like Risk of Rain 2, but one thing bothers me...

Risky business

I've been giving Risk or Rain 2 on Switch a shot, following its shadow drop last week. There's a lot to like here, and I can see why people loved the Early Access version so much. That said, there's one thing that keeps me from really enjoying myself.

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Risk of Rain 1 & 2 physical bundle set for release on Nov. 15th, 2019

Sounds risky!

The classic multiplayer roguelike, risk of rain, returns with an extra dimension. 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 through hordes of monsters, unlock new loot, and find a way to escape the planet. Additional survivors, stages, items, enemies, and features are still in active development and will be added in multiple free content updates

If you're a fan of physical games, you might want to hold out on picking up Risk of Rain 2. The game may have just been shadow-dropped earlier this week, but a retail release is on the way! Better yet, this release includes the first game as well! Amazon has the title slated for Nov. 15th, 2019 release, and it's priced at $40. Grab your preorder here.

Risk of Rain 2 - more gameplay

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 through hordes of monsters, unlock new loot, and find a way to escape the planet. Additional survivors, stages, items, enemies, and features are still in active development and will be added in multiple free content updates.

Risk of Rain 2 confirmed for Switch, new details to be shared at PAX West 2019

Grab an umbrella

FRISCO, Texas – Aug 19, 2019 – Hopoo Games and Gearbox Publishing today revealed during Nintendo’s Indie World Presentation that Risk of Rain 2 will be launching on the Nintendo Switch. Since March 2019, Risk of Rain 2 has earned more than one million players on Steam Early Access with its co-op roguelike gameplay. Switch players can look forward to joining in on the same all-out chaos soon!

For more news on Risk of Rain 2 on Switch, check out Gearbox’s show at PAX West next week on August 30 at 1:30PM Pacific Time: https://www.twitch.tv/gearboxofficial

“We love the Nintendo Switch and actually dedicate an hour at the end of our days to play together as a team in the office,” said Duncan Drummond of Hopoo Games. “We’re excited to have it come to the Nintendo Switch earlier than planned and can’t wait to tell you all more at PAX West!”

The sequel to the beloved indie hit, Risk of Rain 2 brings 3D graphics and third-person shooter mechanics to the franchise while holding true to its roguelike roots. Risk of Rain 2 is available on Steam in early access and slated to launch in Spring 2020. Download it today here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/632360/Risk_of_Rain_2/

You can find more information about Risk of Rain 2 on Twitter, Facebook and the Hopoo Games DevBlog. Press and media can find assets for Risk of Rain 2 here.

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