Developer Drool Games has confirmed that its videogame Thumper, developed exclusively for Playstation 4 and Playstation VR (PSVR), will be available to play at Sony’s booth at this week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. Thumper is described by its developer as a rhythm violence game that combines the usually benign rhythm action gameplay with extreme speeds and intense physicality. Players take up the role of a space beetle careening along colourful winding tracks towards an insane giant head from the future at incredible speeds, facing obstacles, enemies and bosses following rhythmic cues to victory.
When it was first announced to be coming to PSVR, Thumper’s developers expressed their initial uncertainty that the title would translate well to a virtual reality (VR) device but instead found the experience was “intense” and “completely overwhelming” as the breakneck speed of its gameplay and brightly coloured levels worked perfectly with the high frame rate display of the PSVR headset.
In its last update on the game’s progress where it revealed a trailer of Thumper’s gameplay, Drool stated that it was still fine-tuning some of the game’s controls and its multi-lane gameplay. The game appeared fairly impressive then, so it will be interesting to see how gameplay has developed and improved in the time since then and if any more significant changes or additions have been made.
Though Thumper will be available on PSVR, it’s also being released in standard 2D on Playstation 4. There isn’t any final release date for the title just yet, though it’s been confirmed as coming later this year.
VRFocus will be getting hands on with the videogame later this week and will report back with all the details and any additional news so keep an eye out.