For those that like their virtual reality (VR) rhythm action videogames, Narayana Games’ Holodance has to be near the top of the pile having been available for HTC Vive since launch. Still in Steam Early Access, Holodance has been added to and expanded numerous times, such as the introduction of Osu! Beatmaps, improving the music library or adding HTC Vive Tracker support. Today, the team has revealed the title is now fully integrated with the trackers and there’s also a limited time discount available.
Using the Vive Trackers players could collect the orbs in Holodance with their feet, adding another level of gameplay and immersion. A basic setup involves two trackers attached to players feet, with the new Holodance Avatar system supporting up to seven Vive Trackers on feet, waist, elbows and knees if desired. The system lets players breathe life into various forms, from Animé characters to sci-fi soldiers, working with just two controllers for hand tracking on all supported platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift with Touch controllers, and Windows VR HMDs with motion tracked controllers.
Holodance can use a single tracker at the waist for improved tracking, but it can also utilise one for reliable mixed reality (MR) camera tracking when recording videos.
As for what’s coming in the future, Narayana Games released this statement:
“Holodance is still in Early Access, and due to its incomplete Story Mode that has dragons take players through a little history of time, reminding them of their duty of care for the planet, will still remain in Early Access for a little while. Early Access or not, narayana games believes in constantly improving their games, listening to player feedback and is fully dedicated to create the best rhythm game experience possible in Virtual Reality.
“With Vive Trackers now soon available to consumers, narayana games are very excited about adding a DDR-style game mode that uses the StepMania beatmap format for pure feet gameplay. The upcoming in-VR beatmap editor is also designed with gameplay for feet in mind, so that players can design choreographies involving just hands, or just feet, or hands and feet.
“Finally, Holodance will get both, multiplayer features, as well as a “Show Mode” that will let spectators watch players beat the rhythm – from directly with VR. The Avatar System is a major milestone toward that goal.”
Holodance is currently discounted by 33 percent, reducing the price from £10.00 GBP down to £7.36 until 28th November as part of the Steam Autumn Sale. As for any other updates, keep reading VRFocus.