Hello friends and slugcats!!
Thank you for all the kind words and unbelievable enthusiasm on the launch of Rain World. It has been beyond awesome! We can't be more proud of the reception and amazing fandom that's grown around it. Unbelievable to see so many people resonating with this strange and wild world we've dreamed about for so long. Seeing all the incredible fanart, reading the wild lore theories on the forums and various message groups, the modding scene that has developed, its literally the highlight of my career. As a creator there is no higher goal than this. But enough sappiness!
As you know the development of Rain World has been quite an epic journey... but it hasn't ended yet! Im here to tell you about what we've been up to for the past few months: announcing the first major Rain World expansion!
New Playable Characters!
In addition to our classic slugcat protagonist, this expansion will feature 2 new playable slugcats, each with their own unique ecosystem and playstyle.
Yellow / "The Monk" - For players who are looking for a more peaceful experience in Rain World, we present a player character that is more at peace with nature. Creatures will be less aggressive toward this slugcat, and are easier to befriend.
Similarly, its reputation within the world ecosystem will regenerate quicker if conflicts do arise. Ascetic in lifestyle, the monk requires less food to survive but is also physically weaker, meaning that spears and rocks are less viable as weapons. Sensing its balance with nature, the Karma gates bordering regions stay open for this saintlike being.
Pink / "The Hunter" - For players who are looking for an even more challenging experience than the well-known brutality of Rain World, we present this carnivorous and aggressive path. The hunter must make predators into prey, killing and eating larger creatures such as lizards to survive! Its heightened metabolism makes it faster, stronger and more dangerous, but also means that it requires significantly more food to survive hibernation.
As a necessity of its lifestyle, it has learned to carry extra spears on its back like the scavengers do. It is a being pushing beyond the confines of its place in the ecosystem, and thus is karmically imbalanced in this world... shunned by the spiritual realm, no karma flowers spawn and it must find its own way.
New Creatures, flora and fauna!
Rain World is nothing without its ecosystems. We couldn't add new playable characters without adding a host of new predators, plants, prey and neutral creatures to the mix as well! I won't spoil them all, but here are some highlights to look out for:
These new creatures won't be unceremoniously stuffed into the existing world, but distributed among the 3 worlds of the 3 player-character slugcats, creating unique ecosystems for each, so playing through each difficulty level rewards the player with a new experience.
Multiplayer / Arena Mode!
This is something we've been intending to do forever, and the true origin of Rain World. This first version of the multiplayer will introduce up to 4 player competitive play in over 50 unlockable new rooms and various modes specifically designed for multiplayer and arena challenges. Spear your friends! It is quick, chaotic fun.
Custom player content!
We are also working on bringing Rain World into the Steamworks framework, allowing for modding and player-created rooms and additions to be created and easily shared. It is our plan to release the Rain World level editor alongside this next expansion, but for those who are willing to get their hands dirty early, the Rain World modding community has access to these tools already and can be found on RainDB https://maxtcc.github.io/ as well as the Rain World discord server https://discord.gg/mA8kTvb
And that's what we've been up to the past few months! As for the release timeline for this expansion, we have made significant progress but are waiting on some business-side stuff from our publisher to go through before we can take the next steps and set any official dates. Ill post an ETA as soon as that happens! News about physical rewards will but forthcoming as well.
Its nice talking to you again, friends!
--James from Rain World