Earlier this year a newly formed virtual reality (VR) studio called Anotherway revealed the first details of an Oculus Quest project called Unplugged: Air Guitar. Looking to make maximum use of the standalone headset’s hand-tracking capabilities, this week Arizona Sunshine developer Vertigo Games has announced it’ll publish the title next year.
Rhythm-action videogames like Rock Band VR have always relyed on guitar controllers to emulate that rock star feeling without the years of practice learning the instrument takes. Yet when you’re happily at home listening to your favourite tunes is when the classic air guitar comes into play, which is what Unplugged is looking to harness.
So far Anotherway has released a couple of teasing videos featuring
Searching for the Truth by The Electric Alley and Roadie by Tenacious D. Gameplay already looks promising, from note selection to those times you mess up and get beer hurled from the audience. Hence why Vertigo Games entered the publishing partnership with Anotherway.
“Like many in the VR community, from players to creators, we were impressed by the tempting live gig atmosphere, 80s music fanzine art style and innovative air guitar gameplay shown in the first Unplugged gameplay teasers that circulated online earlier this year,” said Kimara Rouwit, Marketing Director at Vertigo Games in a statement. “We’re excited to officially bring aboard the talented Anotherway team and are fully geared towards helping them realize their as of yet unrevealed ambitions for Unplugged, which will see them elevate their great gameplay concept in exciting ways.”
“What started out as a passion project seemed to grab the attention of many VR media and content creators, and we soon realized that the project had much potential and we needed a partner to help us bring it to life,” adds Julia Casal, Producer at Anotherway, “By partnering with Vertigo Games we are able to scale up the project and pursue our ambitious goals. The experience has been wonderful so far and we are extremely motivated to start the journey of working on Unplugged along with them.”
Currently, Unplugged is slated for its Oculus Quest launch in Q3 2021. As further details are released, VRFocus will let you know.