Following the announcement Beat Saber, the neon filled virtual reality (VR) title about swinging swords to the beat of music would be releasing in Early Access next week, developer Hyperbolic Magnetism have released a number of new screenshots.
The Czech Republic based team have been hard at work on Beat Saber for sometime now, building a title that allows players to slice up boxes in time with music in a style of videogame similar in core concept to the likes of Guitar Hero. Boxes fly towards the player and visual cues tell which colour sword they should use to slice said box along with what direction they need to hit it. With plenty of ways to earn points, including building up combos, Beat Saber will reward those who stay on beat and rank up the highest combo possible for each level.
The screenshots, which you can view below, feature a number of different action shots which feature different levels, colours and sword placement. As the title will require users to pay close attention to the rhythm of the level and react accordingly it is refreshing to known that the visual noise from the levels is not to overwhelming. Looking at the screenshots it is clear that the team at Hyperbolic Magnetism have worked hard to maintain a gameplay environment that is fitting to the title but also does not become to much for the players, taking them away from the action.
Beat Saber will be releasing on Early Access this coming Tuesday, 1st May at 2018 at 9:00 PDT (5pm GMT) and is going to cost around $20 (USD). Including within the Early Access release will be all the mechanics for an “arcade mode” with content designed for both casual and competitive players. Hyperbolic Magnetism plan to bring a lot of content to the title before it leaves Early Access with more songs, a single player mode with missions and challenges planned and a possible level editor. Beat Saber will support the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality (MR) head-mounted displays (HMD) on release thanks to Steam VR.
In case you missed it, VRFocus got hands on with Beat Saber at both Gamescom 2017 and Unite Europe 2017 along with naming it one of the best Oculus Rift videogames coming in 2018. For all the latest on Beat Saber in the future, keep reading VRFocus.