Punch orbs with your hands, deflect projectiles with laserblades, shoot drones with guns or dance with dragons, using native songs, player created osu! beatmaps or any song from your local music library - in the most advanced VR rhythm game.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Virtual Reality is still a new medium and we therefore need to be able to experiment, gather feedback and let content, gameplay and mechanics evolve based on this feedback.

Holodance originally was conceptualized as an episodic game where Episode 1 delivered a story and Episode 2 (which originally was designed as a separate game) was about letting players create content. It turned out that actually Episode 2 should come first, so we're now kind of giving you two games for the price of less than one, at the expense of taking a little longer to complete the whole thing.

Without Early Access, we would have been stuck with the original concept, so it already works really well for us!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“"Free Mode" can already be considered "released", even though we keep on polishing and improving that part of the game. "Story Mode" still lacks animations, gameplay and music for levels 4-12 (animations are done for Level 5 but we use music from Level 3 there, music for levels 6, 10 and 11 is in the game but animations / voice-acting is missing and gameplay will still be polished).

Our main focus is currently polishing and adding features to Free Mode. Once Free Mode has everything, including the in-VR beatmap and full multiplayer support, we'll go back to finishing Story Mode.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Free Mode will get an in-VR beatmap editor and improved community features, Story Mode will have full 12 levels (currently 3 finished, 4 more are playable).

We may reset highscores and achievements if we change scoring or balance but of course, you'll keep what you have learned by practicing.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Update 2018-02-22 (V0.9.0b2): We now also have support for local music with procedural mapping (still experimental), a new "Psychedelic Mode", a mechanic based on Time Dilation where time moves based on your hands movement, laserblades and guns.

Update 2017-12-13 (V0.8.8): Story Mode has received a major polishing round with improved animations that include lip-sync and actual dancing choreographies. Also, we replaced the song in level 1 (the old songs are still available), and are now using improved remixes of the songs in levels 2 and 3. Free Mode has seven "bonus environments" to play in, including two clubbing environments, and a highly polished Music Library.

Update 2016-10-15 (V0.5.8): We have now added a first bonus environment (outside of the original theme of the game) and have added osu! beatmap support. We have also started work on a beatmap editor. The 12 originally planned level environments are complete, music for levels 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 is licensed but still needs to be integrated into the game (that is one thing we're building the beatmap editor for).

Update 2016-06-12 (Alpha 54): The first three levels are complete and will only have minor changes and major performance improvements. The first level has a bonus song (so there's two songs that you can play with this level). For Levels 6, 10 and 11, there are "spoiler previews" so you can already play those levels but they may still change significantly.

To play all content (2 songs with a single instrument track in Level 1, one song for each Level 2, 3, 6, 10 and 11 with 4 instrument tracks each), you need about 2 hours if you play really well. If you want to master those levels and also get the achievements that are already available, you can spend much more time in the game already.

Multiplayer is still in heavy development and not available in the game.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Update 2018-02-20: We are now taking the next step with the price and increase it from $14.99 to $19.99. This price will remain until we release from Early Access at $24.99 or $29.99.

Update 2016-10-15: Due to the much larger scope we have now, we'll increase the price from $9.99 to $14.99 shortly. The complete game will probably be $24.99 or $29.99.

Previous description: Early Access purchasers will get the game at 50% of its actual price ($9.99). Once we enter beta (complete game is playable but is still being polished), new purchasers get 25% off ($14.99). Finally, when the game is fully released, we'll charge the actual price: $19.99.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Our aim is to establish a lively community of players that play the game and give us feedback about the game mechanics, art style and how they can interact with the world. We will publish updates with new features on a regular basis and in some cases also may provide builds with different options so that players can decide which one they like best.

A little note on reviews: While we do read reviews and do our best to gather feedback and improve the game upon feedback through this channel as well, reviews based on bugs are not particularly useful for other players because it's very likely that those bugs will be fixed a week or two later. So in some cases, it may be better to post to the forum and see what becomes of it before writing the game off.”
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May 24

Holodance V0.9.0b9: Music Library Fixes, Analytics Disabled

Full Release Notes

  • Music Library: Fixed another issue that could cause caching to fail.
  • Music Library: Random now immediately delivers 7 songs instead of just one.
  • Music Library: May have fixed the issue that caused panes to go crazy after songs (disappearing, being stuck under the play area). This issue happened sporadically before, and I haven't done the "full big refactoring" that was supposed to fix this issue, yet ... but I may have found a single cause that triggered most of these issues, and if that really was it, it's now fixed.
  • Removed Unity Analytics for now, to comply with GDPR. UT has released an opt-out plugin just today but I kind of doubt that this will work reliably for VR and I'm leaving for a vacation in just a few hours. Also disabled HW statistics.
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May 16

Holodance V0.9.0b8: Bugfixes, Anti-Cheat

This is a fairly small release and I'm pushing it immediately only because it should fix the audio-stuttering that we've had in the previous release, which caused us to revert to a version before that. In case you still experience audio-stuttering issues, please let me know!

This version still doesn't work with SteamVR beta but Valve is aware of the issue and we know the cause already. From the looks of it, it's something that they will fix in SteamVR / OpenVR, and so far, I haven't found a way to work around this issue from my code. Valve fixed the SteamVR beta crashbug with SteamVR Beta Updated (1526522336)

Update 2018-05-17: There was an issue with caching - that is now fixed in this same release. I did a "hotfix" ;-)

Full Release Notes
  • Level 07 / Submarine Nightmare: Reduced how often the submarine shows up - before, it was about once every 45 seconds. Now it's only once every 4 1/2 minutes.
  • Level 11 / Asteroids: The Asteroids originally just moved and eventually would distribute into outer space. Now, they re-appear after exceeding a maximum distance. This can cause asteroids passing through each other close to the player but that seems like less of a problem than eventually, all asteroids being gone. Adding collisions between the asteroids, while certainly being quite interesting, would create quite a few problems so we don't do this for now ... but maybe some day.
  • Leaderboards: We are now shadowbanning in-game leaderboard entries by players that cheat. If you still find any leaderboard entries that look like something is wrong, either in the accumulated scores, or on a specific beatmap - please let us know (screenshots with the title visible help a lot finding those quickly).
  • Performance Settings: Anti Aliasing setting is now persistent.
  • Mutant Club: Fixed issue with light textures that were causing little "circles" appearing mid-air.
  • UI: Pushing UI back into VR now works without workarounds (pause / unpause did restore it before - but that's not needed anymore).
  • Fixed Audio Stuttering issue
  • Fixed issues with the old "smiley-style" Score HUD.



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Reviews

“At one point, you will effectively dance with dragons, and even get a high-five if you’re good enough.”
4/5 – The VR Base

“With plenty of music variety, your workout is only limited by your music choice. For those who like to dance or like the challenge of sliding and spinning notes this game can become addicting quickly.”
8.5/10 – VR Fitness Insider

“You can play all osu beatmaps, which gives you a huge library of music to choose from. This music VR game has beats perfectly synced to your actions, which makes it really fun. So, definitely a recommendation to buy!”
4/5 – Cas & Chary

About This Game

Holodance was the first VR rhythm game shown to the public, mid 2015. Since then, it has evolved from "Dancing with Dragons" with only a few songs specifically produced for the game in its environmentalism themed Story Mode (WIP, see Early Access), to also letting you play your local music library as well as any of the 60,000 ranked maps for osu! for more than 12,000 songs in Holodance Free Mode:



Play in almost 20 diverse environments, ranging from a tropical beach or underwater environment with dolphins and whales, to trippy abstract tunnels or asteroid fields:



Whether you follow our friendly dragons down the rabbit hole of a potential dystopic future, and get to fistbump Pritvitej along the way (WIP, Early Access), or prefer challenging yourself with high-intensity beatmaps in a Zero Distraction environment and get a nice workout while you're at it - Holodance has you covered. The game even lets you catch those orbs with your head - and if you already have Vive trackers, you can catch them with your feet, too, Kung Fu style:



What is Holodance? Holo obviously was inspired by Holodeck, so imagine "dancing in the Holodeck". Of course, "dancing" just means tuning into the rhythm and freely moving with the music. There are orbs arriving perfectly in sync with the music that you need to catch, and curves you need to follow. But no, we're not gonna tell you how to move because we consider dancing really a free expressive movement of rhythm and joy.

Credits

While there are currently only four people working on the game full-time, it is actually an international collaboration with talents from across the globe. For the full credits, check out our Press Kit.

Mixed Reality, Vive Trackers, Streamer Mode

Holodance has full support for Mixed Reality, using the regular SteamVR quadrant view, MixCast (which requires a subscription but has the nice benefit of doing compositing in-game), and also native LIV integration.

Vive Trackers are not required to play Holodance but if you have two and attach them to your feet, you can catch orbs with your feet. Up to 7 Vive Trackers (3 recommended) are support by the Holodance Avatar system which lets you breathe life into various forms, from Animé characters to sci-fi soldiers. The Avatar system ties into Streamer Mode, which is designed to let spectators watch players from various 3rd person perspectives that can even be switched automatically by the game, perfectly on the beat.

For Arcades and Parties / Demos

We have built-in several features into Holodance to make it work well in demo / party / arcade scenarios. If you enjoy doing demos, or run an arcade, make sure to talk to us.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: 7
    • Processor: i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX GeForce 970
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10
    • Processor: i5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX GeForce 980 Ti
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
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