A new action-adventure game called RWBY: Arrowfell is in development at WayForward, developers of the Shantae series and River City Girls. It’s based on RWBY, the animated series produced by Rooster Teeth. In addition to WayForward, Arrowfell also features the involvement of Arc System Works as a publisher.
The announcement included a teaser trailer for the game.
The RWBY: Arrowfell teaser is based on pre-alpha gameplay footage. It reveals the cast of RWBY: the Huntresses Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yian Xiao Long defeating enemies and traversing environments in an action-platformer style. Details from the announcement confirmed support for both local and online multiplayer. The teaser also included cutscene footage. The cutscenes and dialog alternated between 2D illustrations and CG rendered footage matching the style and presentation of the show itself. Rooster Teeth produced “broadcast-quality” animated cutscenes exclusively for the game.
Narratively, RWBY: Arrowfell takes place during the events of the show’s “Volume 7” arc. The story is an “original interactive chapter” penned by RWBY‘s writers, including Kerry Shawcross, Miles Luna, and Eddy Rivas. The RWBY Team (pronounced “Ruby”) must stop a new threat using their weapons and semblances, and explore the areas in and around the locations of Atlas and Mantle. Their enemies include the Creatures of Grimm and others present in the show, in addition to entirely new creations exclusive to the game. The RWBY Team will also encounter personalities from the show, such as General Ironwood and the Ace Operatives, and a new Huntress team going by “BRIR”. The RWBY voice cast will also reprise their roles, with Lindsay Jones as Ruby, Kara Eberle as Weiss, Arryn Zech as Blake, and Barbara Dunkleman as Yang.
RWBY: Arrowfell is in development and will release in 2022 for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Physical releases are planned on select platforms. RWBY: Grimm Eclipse is also releasing on May 13, 2021.
Editor’s Note: A former Japanator founder is a composer for RWBY: Arrowfell.