The intellectual property of Risk Of Rain, as well as Risk Of Rain and Risk Of Rain 2, is now owned by Gearbox. Gearbox was previously the publisher of Risk Of Rain 2 and has stated that it is “strives to prove itself as worthy custodians” of the series. They bought the intellectual property from the original developers Hopoo Games, who said they would no longer work on the series.
The acquisition was announced in an interim report by the Embracer Group. Embracer Group is the owner of Gearbox Publishing. A public announcement was then made via the Risk Of Rain Twitter account:
Risk of Rain joins the Gearbox family. pic.twitter.com/EjlOUVi0Hq
— Risk of Rain 2 (@RiskofRain) November 17, 2022
“After many years of passionate publishing work on Risk Of Rain 2, we have developed a deep love and respect for this intellectual property,” the statement said. “We strive to prove ourselves as worthy custodians by continuing to provide you with world-class content and guaranteeing a bright future for this genre-leading franchise.” They also say they’re working on a “very special project” with the original Hopoo developers that is “a real love letter to the community.”
The Hopoo Games Twitter account, meanwhile, quote twitter news, calling it “great news for all Risk of Rain fans”. What’s terrible, by the way, is that corporate messages and responses are filled with confused Risk of Rain fans who don’t know what it means and unconvinced Gearbox who are good stewards of the series’ future. I imagine what Hopu means: “We weren’t going to do it anymore anyway, but now the other guys will.”
The first Risk Of Rain was a 2D roguelite that caught the first wave of the genre’s rise. Risk Of Rain 2 stepped into 3D but was also class-based roguelite with lots of fast, powerful unlocks – and lots of slow, hard character unlocks. Hopoo Games also released the ultra-violent side-scroller Deadbolt.