E3 2019 Interview: Get in the Groove With Rhythm of the Universe
One of the great things about the virtual reality (VR) industry is the experimentation being employed by developers and hardware manufacturer’s alike. There always seems to be something interesting being thought up, as enthusiasts of VR better understand what it can do and the boundaries which can be pushed. ROTU Entertainment is a company currently creating a rather abstract title for home and location-based entertainment (LBE) use called Rhythm of the Universe (ROTU). Attending the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2019 for the first time, VRFocus got an update on the progress of the project.
Rhythm of the Universe only came to VRFocus’ attention back in January when the studio announced the successful completion of a financing round as well as debuting a teaser trailer. The videogame will be episodic, with seven instalments planned in total. The storyline and gameplay mix some curious variables, with music, history, and mythology the three main factors.
During E3 2019, ROTU Entertainment showcased a demo called Rhythm of the Universe: Ionia featuring two heroes, Allegra and Allegro, siblings from the land of Ionia who need to save the beloved creatures of the Ionian forest. As Allegro, VRFocus was able to test some of the musical puzzles and see the grand environments that will be making up this virtual universe. One of the main sequences in the demo revolved around a giant frog (or maybe a toad) needing to find food to heal the creature, setting off musical notes in the process.
From the looks of it, ROTU Entertainment’s concept is ambitious, with gorgeous looking scenery, intricate puzzles and some beautiful audio. The first episode is expected later this year for LBE venues with a home version planned for 2020.
To find out more about the project and what the studio has planned VRFocus spoke with ROTU Entertainment’s CEO Jason Parks in the interview below.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Rhythm of the Universe, reporting back when further announcements are made. In the meantime take a look at VRFocus’ other interviews from E3 2019 with Oculus’ Jason Rubin, Vertigo Games, Gearbox Software, Ready at Dawn, nDreams, Digital Lode, Sensorium, Survios and Rebellion.