Two Tribes Announces New 2D Shooter, RIVE

Keen to bring it to Wii U

Two Tribes is a download developer best known for its Toki Tori releases, but has also published and ported a wide range of titles to Nintendo hardware, with notable recent examples being the Two Tribes Classics range on the Wii U. After financial problems the company had to reboot and shut down its development business, restarting again with a far smaller team and an emphasis on manageable projects — company founders Collin van Ginkel and Martijn Reuvers explained the details to us in an interview at the start of the year.

It's taken some time, but the company is now back in the development groove, having unveiled its reveal trailer for a previously teased shooter — it's called RIVE and is targeting early 2015. In updates earlier this year it was explained that the studio — now a team of three — is utilising the same engine that was used for Toki Tori 2, which is evident in the screenshots above and below. The studio also previously stated that it would like to bring its new project to the Wii U eShop, though the reveal simply confirms PC and consoles, without specifics; Two Tribes co-founder Collin van Ginkel has told us that the studio is nevertheless "gunning for it", in terms of a Wii U version.

An announcement on the studio's official website describes the game as follows:

We call it RIVE and we describe it as ‘the metal wrecking, robot hacking shooter’. It’s a 2D shooter / platformer with old school gaming values in a decidedly new school execution. During the game’s intense 360 degree shooting and platforming action, players learn to alter the behavior of their robotic enemies by collecting and uploading hacks.

You can see the launch trailer and more screenshots below, so check it out and let us know what you think.

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