Rooster Teeth’s animated series, RWBY, has certainly proved its popularity over the years, and the creators have announced plans for a video game spin-off entitled: RWBY: Grimm Eclipse. And if the name Rooster Teeth sounds familiar, it’s because they’re the studio behind Red vs. Blue.
For those unfamiliar with the series, the premise of the original YouTube show is as follows: “The future-fantasy world of Remnant is filled with ravenous monsters, treacherous terrain, and more villains than you can shake a sniper-scythe at. Fortunately, Beacon Academy is training Huntsmen and Huntresses to battle the evils of the world, and Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang are ready for their first day of class.”
The series has proven popular enough that it already inspired a spin-off, RWBY Chibi, which set the characters in various comedy sketches.
In the upcoming game, you will be able to play as one of the four main characters: Ruby, Weiss, Blake, or Yang, and the game is designed as a four-player unit. Aside from being the initials of the four main heroines, the name also represents the characters’ color scheme of red, white, black, and yellow… it helps that their names also literally mean said colors in various languages.
Reportedly, they are also supposed to be parodies of various fairy tale heroines: Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Beauty (and the Beast), and Goldilocks, but it has very little to do with the actual plot.
Taking inspiration from games like Dynasty Warriors and Left 4 Dead, the new game has promoted the following features:
- 4-Player Online Co-op
- Single Player mode
- Play as Team RWBY – Ruby, Weiss, Blake, or Yang, each with their own unlockable abilities and upgrades
- Experience an exclusive storyline with new locations, enemies, and a new villain never before seen in the show
- Full voiceover from the cast of the show, plus new voice talent
- Ranked challenges, unlocks, and achievements
The game will be available for purchase on January 17, 2017 and can be played on XBox One and PS4. Have to say, it’s pretty neat to see a YouTube series become popular enough to launch its own console title.