More Rhythm Action Madness Arrives With Audica
Put those sabers down as there’s a new rhythm action videogame in town which wants to eat up all your time. Today sees the return of Harmonix to virtual reality (VR), following up from Rock Band VR with a gun-toting experience called Audica.
Arriving via Early Access on both Steam and Oculus Store, Audica looks to make its own mark on the musical rhythm action genre by challenging players to shoot and smash targets to an infectious electronic beat. Harmonix, being the developer it is, has already got quite the lineup of tunes for players to enjoy, with an initial ten available today, and over 25 planned for the final release at the end of 2019.
The songs revealed so far are:
- 1788-L & Blanke “Destiny”
- AU5 & Fractal “Smoke”
- Alison Wonderland “I Want U”
- Donna Summer “I Feel Love (Afrojack Remix)”
- DJ Fresh ft. Ms.Dynamite “Gold Dust”
- James Egbert “The Space”
- Jeff Allen “Lazerface”
- Savant “Splinter”
- Noisia “Collider”
- Zedd & Grey “Adrenaline”
In addition to the ten songs, the early access version will include one weapon type, four difficulty settings, one environment and online leaderboards. The studio has yet to confirm how quickly more tracks will be added in the months ahead.
The gameplay involves two guns, one orange and one blue, with which to shoot a variety of single and multiple colour shaded targets.
For the fully finished version, Harmonix plans on having multiple environments to play in, additional weapon sets, campaign and practice modes plus the possibility of more gameplay options. “We will be actively participating in discussion on our Discord, Steam forums and Reddit throughout development about topics including song selection, authoring and the development of new features, mechanics (should Audica have overdrive?), environments and weapons,” notes the studio.
Audica can be downloaded now via Steam and Oculus Store for $19.99 USD / £15.49 GBP, supporting HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. As Harmonix releases further details including additional tracks, VRFocus will let you know.