Anytime I’ve paid a lot consideration to Rhythm of the Universe: Ionia I’ve by no means been positive what to make of it.
The trailers for Rotu Leisure’s VR fantasy are undoubtedly flashy, sprinkling a contact of Darkish Crystal magic solely swapping out Jim Henson puppets for superbly imaginative digital life. However there’s additionally one thing faintly rusty about it, like a 90’s-era FMV, and this wouldn’t be the primary VR sport to tease breathtaking visuals and epic pathos in hopes of pulling a veil over shallow gameplay (I’m taking a look at you, Eden Tomorrow). I additionally had my doubts in regards to the sport’s efficiency given latest hiccups with formidable indie titles like Hinge.
Fact be informed, even after taking part in the Steam Video games Competition demo I’m not completely satisfied; Ionia’s pacing appears glacial and there’s little in the way in which of interplay. However I can say with a minimum of some certainty that the sport has its personal arresting aura that makes it fairly totally different from anything on the VR radar. Check out the demo gameplay within the video above.
What’s on provide within the demo is slight: roughly 10 minutes of tried-and-true VR climbing mechanics and a reasonably easy music puzzle that sees you match notes on a xylophone. What’s extra essential is its backdrop. The world of Ionia is, merely put, a completely beautiful leafy surprise, dense with alien vegetation that reacts to the contact and populated with unusual and awe-inspiring wildlife. The opening 10 minutes slathers on the spectacle and left me needed to see way more of this world.
I’d wish to see the sport belief gamers to go at their very own tempo – teleportation-based motion is painfully sluggish, there’s no easy locomotion within the demo and it’s keen on locking you in place while somebody’s speaking to you. However it’s making an attempt to make gamers cease and breathe in its world just a bit extra and, in that, it’s profitable.
In the end I believe that the sunshine interplay and plodding management scheme would possibly maintain Rhythm of the Universe again from the complete glory of the world ROTU is constructing. However the power of that inventive imaginative and prescient alone would possibly effectively be sufficient to tug it via. Plus the crew’s already proved me mistaken as soon as, and I’d love them to do it once more.
Rhythm of the Universe: Ionia is due for launch on PC VR, PSVR and Oculus Quest in Q2 of 2021.
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