Rumbleverse is fighting its way to release. Developer Iron Galaxy has some news for fans that have been waiting to hear more. The upcoming free-to-play brawler was first announced back in December, pretty far along in development. The game involves 40 players duking it out in a map filled with zany cartoon characters and a bunch of really big guns. While not trying to compete too directly with the titan that is Fortnite, there are some obvious comparisons to draw. “This 40-player Brawler Royale takes place in a world where combat is the answer to every question,” says the announcement page.
Speaking further, the company has more to add. The game is already pretty polished, but things need to improve further. There’s still a lot to do. One of the more interesting things that Rumbleverse wants to do is support full cross-platform, very early in development. They say they want to get this feature baked into the game as early as this Summer. It looks like the unique heroes are gearing up for action all at once, as the planned playtest is fast approaching.
This first planned playtest will allow the team to show off the characters, weapons and locales being built into the game. There’s a lot to see already, but there’s more work to be done. Previously, the company decided to push back other tests to make more time for development. And it will be interesting to see how the devs integrate their previous experience to polish the game. They previously worked on Killer Instinct and it gave them a pretty good pedigree in competitive games, although the shift to 40 player live-service games is a big one.
“The game looks better and plays better, but the real improvements are on cross-platform matchmaking and social features. At launch, we want you to be able to team up (yes, Rumbleverse will have teams) and talk to anyone, no matter where they play. We want you to have a world of options to build a character that is perfect for you. We want this game to thrive from one season to the next.” And with the game aiming for a launch on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC, that’s a tall order.
In the meantime, you can sign up for Early Access information on Rumbleverse and potentially get into the June playtest over here.