Risk of Rain 2 is a game that refuses to go on the back-burner. The next big content update – the last of its kind before Hopoo Games dives into paid expansions – is coming to PC first on March 25, 2021.

The Anniversary update deals with cut content, quality-of-life changes, a new boss, revisited old items, the finished lore-filled logbook, some character skill variants, a player-stats page, and the Bandit.

In a fun twist, the “scrapped” Bandit that modders have expanded upon will still be playable even after the “official” Bandit joins the game on March 25. “Working on the Bandit was both fun and rewarding for us, because it really highlighted how much better we’ve gotten at making content since the original scrapped inception of the Bandit in internal development,” Hopoo Games wrote in a Steam post.

The Anniversary update for Risk of Rain 2 releases March 25 and then Hopoo Games will focus on expansions.The updated Risk of Rain 2 roadmap as of March 2021.

Once this update is out and the dust has settled, the team will “shift towards working on the Expansion. “As we develop and shape it over time, we will let players know how it’s going, and how big it will be.”

As we’ve heard before, this will be a substantial paid add-on meant to “refresh the game for long-term fans.” Hopoo is aiming for a multi-platform simultaneous launch with PlayEveryWare at the end of 2021, and to that end, they’ve got an internal team at Gearbox Software helping out “to bring all future content of Risk of Rain 2 to our console players with even closer parity to our PC version of the game.”

Even if the dates slip here or there, it’s nice to know that consoles – not just PC – are a priority.

With the way the post-launch support has been going, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it’s worth reiterating: Risk of Rain 2 has done really well for itself. It’s at four million sales “on Steam alone.”

I’m super curious to see what this crew works on next once everything is said and done.

“We have a lot of exciting things cooking – both for Risk of Rain fans and Hopoo Games fans in general – and we can’t wait to share them with you – one day.” Are fans reading into “cooking” too much?

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Risk of Rain 2's Anniversary update is out March 25 with the Bandit screenshot

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