Risk of Rain was an indie success story back in 2013, blasting through its Kickstarter goal to the point developer Hopoo games gave up on stretch goals. A few months later it landed on Steam and eventually as the years went by sold over 3,000,000 copies. Needless to say it built up a solid and enthusiastic fan base, so when Risk of Rain 2 was announced almost two years ago it gave everyone something to look forward to. The new game took the same gameplay as the original, running around a world as one of several character classes with different abilities, shooting all the monsters and collecting cash to spend on random stackable powerups that just barely kept pace with the ever-more-difficult enemy assault, and brought it into 3D. The new game came out last Thursday, March 28, and Hopoo Games is happy to announce that in a single short week it’s sold almost half a million copies. Thanks to the 150,000 units sold in the first two days with a buy-one/get-one-free offer that means almost 650,000 players have access to Risk of Rain 2. Needless to say, that’s a little outside of any kind of reasonable expectation.
Risk of Rain 2 is a pure action 3D run & gun, featuring a stranded explorer trying to escape from a planet filled with monsters. The lore of the world will be there if you want it, tucked out of the way in the flavor text of the journal’s item entries, but the action kicks in a few seconds after landing and only gets more intense as time passes. There’s a meter that never stops ticking forward taking the difficulty from Easy to Medium to Hard and onward, meaning you’ll need to keep exploring the levels and finding new items to enhance your survivor in order to stand a chance. Ground beetles, fireball-throwing lizard men, floating fire-masks, and rock titans populate the first world, but as the difficulty increases elemental and elite versions of the monsters pop up and new levels bring new and tougher threats. That’s not to mention the incredible power of the boss fights, which require every bit as much in the way of tactics as firepower. I’ll admit that, as someone who loves this type of game and searches them out wherever possible, it’s gratifying to see Risk of Rain 2 get some well-deserved attention. It’s pure chaotic run & gun roguelite action, complete with a co-op multiplayer for up to four people trying to destroy everything while snagging the best powerups, and even in the current Early Access version it deserves every sale it gets.