VRFocus first came across ROTU Entertainment’s Rhythm of the Universe: IONIA during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) last year, promising a musically-theme virtual reality (VR) adventure. The team had slated a Q4 2020 launch for PC VR headsets, instead, revealing today that’s been pushed back as more platforms are included, Oculus Quest and PlayStation VR.
When it comes to the Oculus Quest version ROTU Entertainment confirms that it’ll be a native app, so there’s no need for a PC and Oculus Link – although that’ll also work. Because of the additional headset support, Rhythm of the Universe: IONIA is now slated for a Q2 2021 launch.
“We’ve made the decision to delay our musical theory puzzle adventure so we can bring it to Quest and PSVR players at the same time,” says Jason Parks, ROTU CEO in a statement. “We want everyone with a VR headset to be able to explore the gorgeous world we’ve created from our experiences working extensively with international musicians and documenting the deforestation of the Amazon.”
The extra headset support should increase sales and therefore aid the charity ROTU Entertainment has teamed up with, environmental non-profit Wildlife Warriors. Two percent of proceeds will go to the organisation, established in 2002 by Steve and Terri Irwin to protect injured, threatened or endangered wildlife.
Rhythm of the Universe: IONIA will be a big series by the looks of it, with this initial release the first of seven planned instalments. While each will have that musical puzzle theory at its core, the studio notes they’ll all enjoy ‘a distinct look and feel’.
The videogame places you into an otherworldly forest, teeming with strange creatures as well as instrument-inspired flora and fauna. From solving puzzles using music-based magic to climbing trees, ziplining across trenches and collecting supplies, you’ll stumble across hidden areas and eventually heal the forest through the power of song.
Take a look at the new trailer below, and for further updates on Rhythm of the Universe: IONIA, keep reading VRFocus.