Risk of Rain 2's upcoming 'Hidden Realms' update detailed

Not so hidden anymore

FRISCO, Texas – Dec. 17, 2019 – Hopoo Games and Gearbox Publishing today released the Hidden Realms Update for Risk of Rain 2 on Steam Early Access. Players can unlock and assume control of a new Survivor, Acrid, a melee-range hybrid who uses powerful poisons to melt tanky enemies. The Hidden Realms Update also introduces two new hidden realms, alternative layouts, more adversaries, and even more loot along with changes suggested by the community. The update is free for all owners of Risk of Rain 2 on Steam Early Access.

Acrid’s infectious skills focuses melee-range hybrid combat mixed with strong damage over time abilities:

Passive: POISON - Certain attacks apply poison, dealing damage over time but cannot kill.

Primary Fire: VICIOUS WOUNDS - Maul an enemy, where every third hit does double damage.

Secondary Fire: NEUROTOXIN - Spit toxic bile at a range that damages and poisons enemies.

Utility: CAUSTIC LEAP - Leap into the air, dealing damage, stunning, and poisoning enemies on impact. Leaves a pool of acid that deals damage.

Special: EPIDEMIC - Release a deadly poison that deals damage and poisons enemies. The disease continually spreads to up to 20 targets.

New game features:

New Bosses and Monster – The Scavenger boss, Void Reaver monster, and an additional secret boss join the fight.

New Hidden Realms - Two new hidden realms can be discovered.

Alternative Layouts - The new Alternate Layouts system allows for some maps to have entirely new layouts, starting with Titanic Plains and Distant Roost.

New Items, Equipment, Lunars and more - An arsenal of new items and equipment is now at players’ disposal. This includes two new Lunar items, Adaptive Chests, Overgrown 3D Printer, seven new items, and a new type of equipment called the Jade Elephant.

Community Suggested Changes - Quality-of-life improvements suggested by the community have been implemented.

Take a look at full patch notes here.

Risk of Rain 2 Local Switch Multiplayer + Skills 2.0 Update Now Available

Grab your umbrella

Risk of Rain 2 for Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch has rolled out the Skills 2.0 update, completely free for all owners of the game. The update introduces the Skills 2.0 system, Loader, Siren’s Call stage and boss, plus more loot.

This update also introduces local wireless multiplayer on Nintendo Switch and voice chat on PS4.

Scorched Acres update includes:

New Survivor - Loader: Players can unlock and assume control of the new Survivor, the Loader, who fits the role of a bruiser that excels at grappling and up-close combat.

Skills 2.0 – Each Survivor has a new set of Survivor-specific Challenges that, once completed, unlock new individual skills or skins. 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 "Skills 2.0" update coming to Switch on Dec. 10th, 2019

Enjoy the new Loadout system and more

The next major update for Risk of Rain 2 is right around the corner. The dev team has confirmed that the Skills 2.0 update is coming on Dec. 10th, 2019, and it has a ton of game-changing features to look forward to. Check out a short blurb on the update below, and then click over for full patch notes.

Skills 2.0 introduces a new way to play your favorite survivor! Our new “Loadout” system allows for swappable skills and skins at the beginning of each run. Each survivor will maintain their unique identity, but have some options to tinker with before jumping into a run. While some skill variants play off existing skills, some variants are entirely unique abilities available to a survivor. Each new skill and skin in your Loadout will be unlocked only with survivor-specific challenges - good luck! More skills and skins are planned to be added in future updates.

Full patch notes here

Risk of Rain 2 devs 'extremely happy' with how the game was received on Switch

No risk here

Risk of Rain 2 is yet another game that many thought would never come to Switch, yet here we are. The game has been available for a number of weeks, and players have been gobbling it up. How have things been going so far? Developer Hopoo Games shared their thoughts in a Nintendo Life interview.

We have been extremely happy with the reception to the Switch version of the game. Console players have always been hard for us to focus on being a small team but with all the help we have on Risk of Rain 2 we are finally able to support both PC and Console players at the same time. We have lots of new content, quality of life updates, and performance patches planned so we are excited for the future of the Switch version.

Risk of Rain 2 retail release includes the original Risk of Rain on the game card, no additional download needed

That's how it should be!

Here's something you might have been wondering about today's physical release of Risk of Rain 2 on Switch. We knew that the package also included the original Risk of Rain, but what we didn't know is that it was included on the game card itself. No need to download via extra code or anything. Both games on one card is definitely a nice surprise!

PR - Risk of Rain 2 physical edition now storming retailers across North America and Europe

Let the physical copies rain down

FRISCO, Texas - Nov. 15, 2019 - Hopoo Games and Gearbox Publishing today announced that Risk of Rain 2 physical edition for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One is now available in select retailers across North America and Europe. The physical edition includes the original 2D roguelike hit Risk of Rain on the same cartridge and a reversible cover with original artwork.

On top of this bundle, Risk of Rain 2 will receive continued developer support with new stages, playable Survivors, challenging adversaries and other content added through next year. The next update for all console platforms drops this winter, with more in store for spring and summer of 2020. Pick up a copy at Walmart, GameStop, Target and other retailers in-store or online just in time for the Holiday season.

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. Survivors can play solo or team up with up to three other friends to fight through hordes of monsters, unlock new loot, and find a way to escape the planet.

Risk of Rain 2 updated to Version 1.0.3

Risky business

Risk of Rain has been updated to Version 1.0.3. Check out details on this patch below.

- Fixed an issue where players were unable to start a game directly from a private match
- Fixed the ability to navigate the menu using touch-screen
- Gyroscopic aiming now works when you use a wireless controller while keeping the Joy-Cons attached to the system
- Fixed an issue where players would sometimes become invisible
- Further navigation improvements have been made when using the D-pad

Risk of Rain 2 update brings gyroscopic aiming to Switch

Risky maneuvers

A new update is available for Risk of Rain 2 on Switch, and one of the Switch-exclusive features is gyroscopic aiming. Check out full patch notes for this update below!

=== New Features ===

Nintendo Switch now supports gyro aim
All consoles can now navigate the menu using the D-pad

=== Bug Fixes ===

Fixed an issue where audio settings were not remaining saved
Fixed an issue with framerate when 1 or more drone is present on some maps
Fixed an issue where drones would get stuck at the beginning of a level
Fixed an issue where players were not able to unlock Artificer upon completing “pause” challenge
Fixed an issue with Commando’s phase rounds not registering damage
Fixed an issue where players were not able to join or invite a multiplayers lobby after the host had disconnected
Fixed an issue for Rex when using disperse on a Newt causing him to disappear and prevent activation of interactables
Fixed various maps where enemies would fall through the ground
Fixed an issue on Switch where airplane mode displays continuously
Fixed a bug where Buffs and Debuffs last about half of the intended duration
Combat shrines are now functional
Unlocking challenges no longer causes a hitch
Fixed a hitch from happening when dropping the Warbanner
Various performance & stability improvements

Risk of Rain 2's update schedule released, gyroscopic aiming coming to Switch

What's the forecast?

The Risk of Rain 2 dev team has shared a long rundown of information on what's coming to the game in terms of updates. The first update for Switch should be hitting towards the end of this month, but there's still much more to come after that. Check out the schedule of patches below.

1: Our first patch on consoles will include bug fixes, performance updates, and a few QoL updates. Not only that, but the first patch will include a couple of unique features, including gyroscopic aiming for Switch and voice chat for Xbox One. \**This was submitted to certification a few weeks ago, and is planned to show up near the end of October.\* Stay tuned to our social media channels where we will share when this patch arrives. Additionally, to ensure that you know you have updated to the latest patch once it is live, see below each console version:*

Switch: 1.0.2
Xbox One:
PlayStation 4: 1.02

2: *The next patch is, and includes the Skills 2.0 content update which will also come with the patch that came shortly after it was released on PC, addressing regen and bugs. ***This patch is currently in progress, and is planned to show up mid-December.

Skills 2.0 Content Update includes:

New Skills for each survivor (aka Skills 2.0)
New Survivor
New Stage
New Boss
New Items, Equipment & More!
Nintendo Switch Specific: Local Wireless Multiplayer
Edit - I'll also add below the rest of the major updates that are scheduled for Risk of Rain 2 based on their Console Content Forecast:

Winter Update

New Survivor
New Hidden Realms
New Bosses
New Items, Equipment & More!

Spring 2020 Update

Artifacts 2.0
New Stage
New Bosses
New Items, Equipment & More!

Summer 2020 Update

New Survivor
Final Stage
Final Boss
New Items, Equipment & More!

Risk of Rain 2 console content roadmap released

What's ahead?

The developers behind Risk of Rain 2 have put out a dev blog detailing the plans for console content moving forward. Along with the handy roadmap above, you can check out more details on content plans below.

Outlined below is our intended development plan for Content Updates (CU) going forward:

-Hopoo Games begins and develops the CU
-Submit to Gearbox QA once the CU is content locked
-Launch the CU on PC
-Address any Week 1 feedback + bugs with a small patch

After the first week is over and we’ve gathered all the information and feedback we can, we then share everything with PlayEveryWare for the consoles.

-Submit our Content Update + Week 1 Patch to PlayEveryWare
-PlayEveryWare takes over to begin porting the CU for Switch, Xbox One, and PS4
-Submit console version to QA
-Pass certification on Switch, Xbox One, and PS4
-Release on all consoles simultaneously

Our intent is to turn around Content Updates as soon as we can for consoles. Not only that, but consoles will get some features specific to its hardware that will also be included in the roadmap as it grows - ad hoc multiplayer for the Switch as an example. We’re also keeping our ears to the ground to make sure that the console version of the game is of the same quality as the PC version - please let us know if you run into any issues!


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