The new game from the creators of Shantae, River City Girls, and Bloodrayne: Betrayal has been revealed as RWBY: Arrowfell – based on the popular animated series by Rooster Teeth, it’s another 2D hack-and-slash Metroidvania of the type developer WayForward do very well.
The long-running RWBY animated series follows monster huntresses-in-training Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long – whose first initials give the series its name, as well as their uniform colours – as they train to become protectors of the fantasy world of Remnant.
The online anime is currently in production at Rooster Teeth for Volume 9, but RWBY: Arrowfell will be set during the events of Volume 7 and is described as “an original interactive chapter” from the show’s writers. Despite Rooster Teeth launching its own game publishing division back in 2017, the game will be developed and published by WayForward, with River City Girls publisher Arc System Works publishing in Japan – who also handled BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, in which the RWBY characters made a guest appearance.
As the first-look video below reveals, RWBY: Arrowfell is a 2D hack-and-slash title similar to WayForward’s own Bloodrayne: Betrayal, although the platforming brings to mind the developer’s other colourful Metroidvanias such as Shantae and DuckTales Remastered. It’ll be out in 2022 and is confirmed for PC, thankfully.
Take a first look at RWBY: Arrowfell, coming in 2022 for consoles and PC from @WayForward, @RoosterTeeth & @ArcSystemWorksU! Play as all four members of Team #RWBY in this side-scrolling action-adventure set in the World of Remnant! #RTXatHome pic.twitter.com/9geKKB2pcf
— RWBY (@OfficialRWBY) July 9, 2021
In the meantime there are plenty of other great platform games on PC to keep you satisfied until RWBY: Arrowfell comes out. Alternatively, if it’s specifically the stars of RWBY you want to see, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is one of the best fighting games around and it’s out on Steam.