When the Oculus Quest App Lab launched back in February the new distribution method only had a very small selection of titles available. One of those was a demo for Smash Drums, a rock-infusing rhythm action videogame by indie team PotamWorks. Today, the developer has confirmed that the full experience will arrive via App Lab next month.
While the Smash Drums demo offers one song for players to test their drumming skills on the official launch in June will see 21 songs from up-and-coming indie rock bands made available. There are seven environments for players to drum away in, including a prison, a crypt, and an office but one of Smash Drums’ more unique features is that the environments are destructible. So you can literally smash through the songs.
Like several other rhythm action titles currently available Smash Drums employs 360-degree gameplay, so rather than standing on one stationary spot players will find the drums twisting left and right encouraging further movement. At the same time, there’s a live global rankings system allowing players to see their leaderboard position in real-time.
Once the launch has taken place PotamWorks will continue to expand Smash Drums with further content, both paid and free. The studio plans on adding free songs and environments on a regular basis with paid DLC introducing new bands to support development.
“As a rock fan since I was a teenager in the 90s, it’s been a joy to bring my childhood fun into my real-life job. Thanks to the incredible help of the discord community, and incredible feedback the players provided, I am looking forward to releasing the game and supporting it long beyond once it reaches App Lab,” said Mr Potam, founder at PotamWorks SAS in a statement. “There is so much more to come, and I want you to be sure of one thing: Rock n Roll is not dead: it has never been more ALIVE!”
Download the Smash Drums demo ahead of its launch on 17th June 2021, retailing for $19.99 USD. PotamWorks also plans to release a PC VR version later this year. As further updates are released VRFocus will let you know.