Some kind of Rain World announcement is coming this week

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The post-apoc platformer Rain World is really good—"For those with the time and patience, Rain World will prove unforgettable," we wrote in our 80% review—and really hard. The "time and patience" bit probably should have been bolded, italicized, and underlined.

But even though I didn't get very deep into the game, I was taken by its desolate, mournful beauty, and I'm inclined to pay attention whenever new things are happening: things like, for instance, the odd countdown that's been unfolding over the last few days on the Rain World Twitter feed (opens in new tab).

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The countdown began on July 6 with the Mandarin character for five (which is shared with other languages, such as Japanese), and has ticked off one per day since then, uninterrupted but for a notification that Rain World was half-price in the Steam Summer Sale. Today's number is 2 (二), meaning that Thursday (or Friday, if "0" gets a day of its own) is when the big secret will be revealed.

It's possible that the countdown is for the 1.7 update, or maybe there's some DLC or a full-on sequel on the way. Or it could be this:

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Probably not that, I suppose, but we'll let you know when we find out.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.