Coming to Oculus Rift and Steam VR.
Harmonix, creators of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, have announced a new rhythm-shooter for VR called Audica.
Revealed on Twitter alongside an official website, the description calls Audica a “VR rhythm shooter that combines Harmonix’s award-winning music gameplay with precision shooting mechanics and a killer soundtrack, all set in a mesmerizing cosmic arena.” Audica will be released through Early Access on Oculus Rift and Steam VR on March 7.
Beyond a reveal trailer, the development team will be playing Audica on Twitch and Mixer tomorrow starting at 2pm PT. In GameInformer’s first look, Harmonix co-founder Alex Rigopulos says “It’s an invented word that is meant to simultaneously evoke sound and music, as well as a sense of place. We really wanted to create a place for the player to go that felt special, and to allude to that in the name as well.”
Audica will largely focus on electronic music, and will include 10 songs upon its Early Access release, including “Destiny” by 1788-L & Blanke, “I Want U” by Alison Wonderland, “I Feel Love (Afrojack Remix)” by Donna Summer, “The Space” by James Egbert and “Splinter” by Savant. Harmonix is targeting a full release by the end of 2019, and is hoping to expand to other VR platforms like PSVR and Oculus Quest if possible.
For more on Harmonix, check out our review of Harmonix Music VR.
Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.