Yes, it said it wouldn't develop any new games, and yes Two Tribes still apparently feels like dinosaurs in the games industry, but the remaining staff isn't extinct yet! In fact, Two Tribes has finally confirmed what had been expected for some time - the team's best, and last, twin-stick shooter/platformer RIVE is coming to Nintendo Switch this year, at the expense of the fantastic Wii U eShop build.
The news comes after the admission in 2016 that its Nintendo strategy was in flux. Now, the company has finally revealed what it has been up to: RIVE was indeed bumped from Wii U (a version Cubed3 called Game of EGX 2015) to Nintendo Switch, where it will be playable in ultra-fast and super-challenging 60 FPS glory, with a helping hand from the team at Engine Software.
Details about the game's exclusive Nintendo Switch expansion, as well as a release date, will be announced later on, but Cubed3 is hoping that some of its suggestions will be taken on-board, with local multiplayer elements or even head-to-head arena battles being included, making use of the multiplayer focus that Switch has.
RIVE is a great fit for Nintendo Switch. It was always intended as an explosive ode to the action games of the early Nineties - nostalgic, yet thoroughly modern - and the team feels that Nintendo Switch, too, is all about bringing the experience from the past, playing deep and skill-based games together, to the current day. As mentioned in Cubed3's coverage of RIVE so far, the space shooter-cum-platformer is filled to the brim with references to Two Tribes' favorite games, with spectacular set-pieces, and humour, via the main characters. Space scavenger Roughshot and robot butler DLL are both voiced by the talented Mark Dodson, of Star Wars and Gremlins fame.
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