To celebrate the groundbreaking success of AVICII Invector, Swedish developer Hello There Games and publisher Warner Music Group have decided to give the IP an extension—an all-new beat-slapping rhythm game called Invector: Rhythm Galaxy. Turns out, it’ll be a great deal like the chart-topping tribute to one of EDM’s most iconic producers, and will essentially fuse the key gameplay elements from AVICII Invector with a brand new soundtrack honed by some of the industry’s biggest artists. Right on.
Oskar Eklund, CEO and Founder of Hello There Games added: “At Hello There Games, our unwavering passion for music and gaming fuels our drive. We are so excited to bring this game to the next level with Warner Music Group and their amazing artists. We can’t wait for everyone to experience the magic of Invector: Rhythm Galaxy firsthand.”
Anyway, the good news is that avid beat crushers and node tappers won’t have to wait all that long to get their hands on the next entry in the Invector saga. Matter of fact, it’s due out in the next several weeks, and on a variation of platforms, to boot. Before you go diving in for that pre-order, though, here’s everything you should know about it.
What Is Invector: Rhythm Galaxy?
To cut to the chase, Invector: Rhythm Galaxy is an upcoming rhythm game by Hello There Games. In a bid to scrub the Warner Music Group scene of its freshest tracks and up-and-coming artists, the next entry in the series will feature a 40-track experience—a “narrative-driven” romp through a sci-fi world that’s evidently chock-full of beats, loops, and all-powerful crescendos.
“Navigate breathtaking, celestial worlds while mastering the beat of chart-topping hits from today’s most popular artists, including PinkPantheress, Charlie Puth, Duran Duran, and more,” the description adds. “Discover fresh new music from tomorrow’s biggest stars on a cosmic trip where every note guides your way.”
Honestly, it’s hard to imagine Invector: Rhythm Galaxy having that much of a storyline, what with it being set on all things rhythm-based and little else. That said, in spite of everything, we did manage to see a story of some sort back in AVICII Invector. Granted, it didn’t dive much deeper than depicting a generic space pilot wanting to find a chocolate bar (or something along those lines, anyway), but it did feature a narrative all the same. Point is, though, I wouldn’t go getting your hopes up about seeing anything all that revolutionary as far as storylines go.
One thing’s for sure: the next installment in the Invector series will retain the sci-fi aesthetic as seen in the AVICII chapter. So, if there’s a plot at all, then chances are it’ll be set entirely around the stars — hence the Galaxy in Rhythm Galaxy. Go figure.
The gameplay elements will be identical to those featured in AVICII Invector, in the fact that levels will consist of flying through intergalactic fret boards and hammering the right notes in time with the corresponding beat. In addition to hitting the notes, each track will also include several freestyle interludes—sections in which you’ll be able to glide between meteors, stars, and neon skies. Basically, it’s AVICII Invector, but with a soundtrack ripped straight from Warner Music Group’s rather impressive catalog.
“Play solo and master the beat of every song or put your party in hyperdrive with up to 4-player local multiplayer, where exhilarating head-to-head competition comes to life in your living room,” the description adds. “And with a range of difficulty levels to choose from, Invector: Rhythm Galaxy offers a fun challenge for players of all skill levels.”
Hello There Games, a Sweden-based outfit that found its start with AVICII Invector, teamed up with Warner Music Group to help kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. Firstly, to make use of WMG’s ever-evolving library of music and chart-topping hits, and secondly, to help give Warner Music Group an additional foothold in the games industry.
“This venture into gaming showcases our commitment to reimagining the boundaries of music and how it is defined by artists and fans alike within our evolving ecosystem,” said Oana Ruxandra, Chief Digital Officer and EVP of Business Development at WMG. “Invector: Rhythm Galaxy intertwines the power of music with the interaction of gaming to build active, immersive experiences for fans and new revenue streams for WMG’s artists.”
In case you missed the PC Gaming Show that aired back in the beginning of June, Hello There Games did actually post a short trailer of Invector: Rhythm Galaxy. Need we say more? You can see it for yourself in the video embedded above.
Release Date, Platforms & Editions
In case you missed it, Hello There Games will be bringing the latest chapter in the Invector saga to PC via Steam on July 14, 2023. Does this mean the chances of it reaching consoles, mobile, or VR are next to non-existent? Not exactly, no. In fact, Hello There Games did go on to say that it’d be bringing Rhythm Galaxy to PC “first”, insinuating that it’d be breaching additional shores a little later down the line. So, in case you ever had any doubts, rest assured that it’ll also be heading to Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and Switch at some point in the future.
There’s a fine chance of it coming to VR headsets, too, what with Hello There Games’ AVICII Invector receiving a Meta Quest 2 adaptation in the aftermath of its 2019 launch. Who knows, though? If anything of the sort is in the works, then perhaps we’ll see a preview of it in Q3, maybe Q4 2023.
If you’ve been left on tenterhooks with Hello There Games’ newest reveal, then be sure to check in with the team over on their official social feed for all the latest updates here. Should anything interesting pop up ahead of its launch, we’ll be sure to fill you in on all the key details right here on gaming.net.
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