During today’s Xbox Developer Direct, famed Bethesda studio Tango Gameworks announced a brand new game: Hi-Fi RUSH. Even more surprising is that it’s already out.
Today, Xbox held one of their Developer Directs, a live stream event similar to a Nintendo Direct where they give updates on upcoming Xbox and Bethesda titles. This specific showcase yielded new gameplay (and release date) for Arkane’s Redfall, a gameplay trailer for Minecraft Legends, the announcement of the next Elder Scrolls Online expansion, and more. One of the most surprising reveals, however, was for a brand new game from Tango Gameworks titled Hi-Fi RUSH.
Previously the developer of the cult-classic horror titles The Evil Within and The Evil Within 2, as well as 2022’s middling Ghostwire: Tokyo, Tango Gameworks have stepped outside of their supernatural comfort zone with this brand-new title. According to the game’s official descriptor:
“Feel the beat as wannabe rockstar Chai and his ragtag team fight against an evil megacorp with raucous rhythm combat!
From Tango Gameworks comes Hi-Fi RUSH, an all-new action game where the world syncs to the music.”
Hi-Fi RUSH Game Description
Hi-Fi RUSH is a new entry into the emerging Action-Rhythm game sub-genre, popularised by games like Crypt of the NecroDancer and Metal: Hellsinger. However, instead of a demon-hunting First-Person Shooter, this is a combo-based action game where our hero Chai sets off to battle a world of corrupt robots and evil mega-corporations.
In combat, each combo string can be concluded with a Beat Crash, a special finisher that can be timed to the beat of the music to perform some powerful final attacks. However, you aren’t constrained to the music: attack, dodge, parry and block whenever you want to keep combat feeling smooth and fluid. If you can stay in time to the beat, though, there are some big rewards so it’s best to try and master the music. There are even several handy indicators (including your robotic cat companion) for people to follow so they keep in time with the rhythm.
Hi-Fi RUSH is a massive departure from anything Tango Gameworks has previously developed, from its zany comic-book art style to the action-oriented combat and rhythm-based premise.
This is especially surprisingly following their previous release. Ghostwire: Tokyo released last year with average critical and commercial success. One of the biggest criticisms of that game was the repetitive and samey open-world formula and how that clashed with the spooky and inspired aesthetics. This is something that Hi-Fi Rush actively appears to be avoiding with its complimentary colourful art style and flashy approach to rhythm-heavy combat.
Hi-Fi RUSH is available now on Xbox Series X/S and PC. It is also available, for free, as part of Xbox Game Pass.
SOURCE: Xbox Developer Direct