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Aether Studios announces Rivals 2

This year's direct featured Rivals of Aether characters as puppets providing the laughs between Aether Studios' game reveals.
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

Seattle, April 1st, 2021 - It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and the Aether Studios trailers are premiering. In this annual April Fools tradition, puppet versions of the Rivals of Aether characters ran wild as the studio updated fans on new projects from Aether Studios and their partners. The direct premiered on Twitch on April 1st at 10 AM PT. If you missed out, you can still watch the show in its entirety on Youtube.


“April Fools has slowly become the biggest day of the year at Aether Studios. What started as a simple joke blog post ballooned into an uncontrollable monstrosity. We weren’t sure how we were going to top last year’s Twitch Plays Rivals Direct 3, but somehow we managed to do it with the help of Manual Cinema, Adam Carra, and the Puppets of Aether Show. Now we can’t seem to get off this wild ride. Aether Studios is looking for investment opportunities specifically so we can fund our wildest and dumbest April Fools ideas.” - Dan Fornace


Rivals 2


Rivals 2 has officially been announced! The game is still in development with a target launch date sometime in 2024. Check out the announcement trailer for the first look at gameplay along with a few characters and stages.


If you’re excited for Rivals 2 you’ll also want to head over to our new website: You can sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date on important news – like when closed beta signups open in 2023. We also have a massive FAQ available that should give you an idea of where the game is heading.

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Dungeons of Aether

More on Dungeons of Aether has finally been revealed – including the exciting news of a release later this year on October 25, 2022. With a launch date on the horizon, our Steam store page is now available as well. If you’re interested in seeing more of our turn-based dungeon crawler, or just a fan of our studio, please add the game to your wishlist today.

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Fraymakers joined in on the fun and revealed that Orcane is joining their Early Access roster! They also revealed the results of their Rivals assist poll... and the winner may surprise you. See it all in their announcement trailer below.

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Who is Aether Studios?


Aether Studios is an indie game developer known for creating Rivals of Aether. Dan Fornace and the team have built on the success of Rivals with multiple game titles. For more details visit our website:

When and Where?


The direct premiered at 10 AM PT on April 1st on Twitch. The video of the direct will be posted on YouTube after the event. 

What will be announced?


Fans can expect content updates for current titles, announcements of new games, and surprises much like the company’s previous direct videos.



If you want to more detail about the direct, please read our wrap up article on our website


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