About Rival Games

Story driven games by gamers for gamers.

Thief of Thieves: Season One available now on Nintendo Switch.


We are glad to announce that our multi-award winning title “Thief of Thieves: Season One” is released on Nintendo Switch today. All four episodes are released at once so go ahead and get enthralled in the world of heists!


Based on the best-selling comic by Robert Kirkman, Thief of Thieves: Season One is a story of heists and the people behind them. It’s time for Celia, protege of master thief Redmond, to make the leap from apprentice to master. A botched job takes Celia to Europe, where she joins a new team of criminals for a crime spree. Get to know your team, choose your approach on the field, but be careful – the choices you make may have drastic consequences. Watch Celia progress into a pro thief in our cool comic style world.

The Detail: Episode 3 – Devil in the Detail Teaser

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They say vengeance is a dish best served cold. I’m not sure if the same applies to justice, but seeing the end approach for our premiere season of The Detail feels like cool vindication. Oft delayed and nearly D.O.A. on more than one occasion, our struggles to bring this gloomy vision of modern morality to light seem to mirror that of our protagonists. I’ll leave further interpretation to you, and wrap up this case with a teasing peek at what’s coming…

Rival punches with IGDA

In the midst of all the last-minute detailing on the closing episode of our debut series, we took some time to host an IGDA evening, in cooperation with our friends over at Shark Punch. What followed was the usual night of drinking, mingling, chatting, plotting, and presenting what we all know. That’s what we love IGDA nights for!

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Our CEO, Jukka Laakso, tackled the business commentary on how our little series had fared on Steam and other marketplaces overall (short answer: well enough, for its size and especially budget) while the lead writer of The Detail, JD Sorvari, handled the more artistic interpretation of how the game actually got made. (In a word: miraculously.)

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For the uninitiated: IGDA (or International Game Developers Association) is a global organization that brings together developers, students, hopefuls, newbies and industry veterans alike around their common passion – namely games, and their organized nights are a monthly highlight among the local development communities. I’ve often said it’s where game developers meet to plot taking over the world… one game at a time!

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(Certainly if you drink enough, anything can seem possible.)

Thank you so much to the IGDA Turku organizers (Tatu Laine and all his helpers) for the wonderful event, Shark Punch for being such excellent hosting buddies, and of course Natasha Bulatovic Trygg and Toni Heinonen for these great photos! Here’s looking forward to the next one – stay tuned.

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Devilish Details

Winter is passing here in Finland, but for Reggie and the crew of the major crimes detail, things are just getting deeper. Much like the developers who toil at bringing these episodes to a close, there seems no end in sight for our heroes, who find themselves delving further into the conspiracies that drive a corrupt city. But twists await Reggie, Kate, and Joe before their tale is through, and as the story heads for its thrilling climax, will evil reveal its true face?

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Yes, that’s right – in case it hasn’t been picked up by you sleuths yet, I’m here to say that Episode 3 will represent the last episode in The Detail. Though we had originally planned five, sadly the economics are against us, and while we’re proud of the fanbase we’ve gathered around the game, our sales just haven’t sufficed to cover the costs of further production. With that in mind, we’ve put every effort into making this last episode an extended one, to tie off all loose threads and bring this gritty adventure to a satisfying conclusion.

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Yet there’s no bad news without some good, and the project we’re moving onto is very exciting indeed. We’re not ready to reveal full details on that just yet, except to say that expect more of the same hard-hitting, narrative-driven, graphic novel-infused gameplay that has become Rival Games’ signature style. We will of course continue supporting The Detail even as we look ahead to our next game, and we might still see Kate and others return in one form or another…

The third and final episode, Devil in the Detail, launches in early April.

As always, stay tuned!

New Blood For the Rival Games Crew

Continuing our run of introductions, we have more additions to the Rival Games crew:

 

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Kicking off with Kimmo Kari, our new chief product officer, bringing over a decade of experience in creative leadership, production, and negotiation. He’ll be putting to work his experience from over thirty shipped commercial titles to hone our production pipeline, and we’re very fortunate to have him on board! Rival Games is primed to advance to the next level as a developer, and bringing in veteran support like Kimmo is all part of our overall strategy to draw out the very best from our diversely talented team.

 

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Next we have KJ Kallio, a highly talented illustrator and concept artist, who among other roles has acted as art director and lead illustrator for Wil Wheaton’s show, Tabletop, on Geek & Sundry. A well-known figure among indie art circles, his masterful brushstrokes are exactly what our company needs in a lead artist, and he will be directing our art team to create the most consistently excellent visuals for our games.

 

 

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Then we have Janos Honkonen – author and media professional, with a wide background in journalism, TV-production, and the film and games industries. His work in novels, comics, countless articles and pieces of short fiction are a huge asset for our future projects, and he is what our CEO, Jukka Laakso, calls the “logical next step” for our evolution towards bringing a “writer’s room” together as a core company concept.

 

 

What does Jukka mean by “writer’s room” you ask?

“We’ve always put narrative at the forefront of the games we develop, and it makes sense to bring in talented writers and pool their creativity in a space where they’re going to bounce ideas off each other and create the best possible stories.”

There you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth! Much more on this and other updates to come soon. Until next time – stay tuned.

Pitching up!

East met west at Pocketgamer’s Very Big Indie Pitch in London, where Rival Games was fortunate enough to attend an event combining talent from around the globe. Fifty indie developers, having already passed a scrutinous first-round screening of their games last year, pitched their hardest at a hectic meet-and-greet with top mobile industry professionals, journalists, and publishers – where the three highest-rated would advance to the final round and compete for the grand prize package worth $25,000 in promotion and services.

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Indie developers and industry professionals gathered from around the world

While Rival Games was on excellent form during the manic ”three-minute speed date”dash with five tables of judges (ducking between waiters’ proferred canapes like seasoned pros) we regrettably were not shortlisted for the final round. However, the feedback was extremely positive from everyone who tested our game, and players seemed genuinely enthused to be sampling a brand new adventure game – especially one also coming to tablets and mobiles! Overall we made a variety of new contacts and friends across the mobile development scene, and considering that The Detail is not the usual mobile app fare, this – and the chance to soak in some local London culture – was enough of a win for us.

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The venue and schedule were both packed