The location-based entertainment (LBE) industry was doing really well when it came to virtual reality (VR) adoption but that came to a crashing halt a few months ago. Slowly, the sector is beginning to readjust and get back on its feet with developers releasing new content. Blackwall Labs (NYC Bungee) has just announced its latest, a competitive rhythm-action title called Rhythmatic set to launch at the end of the month.
Unlike similar titles such as Beat Saber which purely focus on a single-player experience, Rhythmatic is all about bringing friends together and testing their skills to see who’s the best – a surefire way to enhance the replay factor which arcades need.
Light swords in hand, up to six players can compete against one another, slashing blocks in time with the music to stay in the game. To further increase the adrenaline and excitement Rhythmatic also features powerups and power-downs to use against other players, adding that element of uncertainty if they think they’re about to succeed.
Of course, no rhythm-action videogame would be complete without some thumping tunes to get players moving. The team utilised the experience of London, UK-based music venue Studio 338 to enlist artist including DJ Steve Lawler (Space Ibiza, VIVa Warriors), chart-topper Lee Walker as well as heavy metal acts to add a nice variety to the setlist.
In the future, Blackwall Labs plans to add further content including custom environments from well-known international DJs alongside more music to widen the genre pool further. Rhythmatic may have been made for LBE VR locations but it won’t stay that way. The studio has said it’ll be exclusive to venues for six months with a home version to follow.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be releasing Rhythmatic to VR arcades worldwide this August,” said Sam Perrin, Director at Blackwall Labs. “With an action-packed multiplayer mode and an ever-expanding list of artists collaborating on this project, Rhythmatic will become the new standard for rhythm-based VR games.”
Rhythmatic is scheduled to arrive in VR Arcades from 29th July as a beta release through distribution platforms like SpringboardVR and SynthesisVR, free to operators for the first month. Those that are interested can apply here to get first access.
They will continue its coverage of the LBE VR sector as efforts to bounce back are increased.