Are you ready to become a beatmaster? Punch the drops with your fists, slice 'em with laserblades, shoot drones with guns or bow and arrow. Begin with our original soundtrack, then move on to osu! beatmaps or any song from your local music library - in the ultimate VR rhythm game.
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Notice: Requires a virtual reality headset. See the VR Support section for more info.

Available: Spring 2019

 

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February 4

Devlog 2: Building Our Own Backend Server

This was (and still is) a big one! I actually knew we needed our own backend server for a very long time: One reason Holodance is still only available on Steam is because I heavily relied on the Steamworks backend for leaderboards, achievements and keeping state for players (i.e. progress in the game, mostly for Story Mode). In order to let you play with people on other platforms, like Oculus Home, Windows Store or PlayStation Network, we either need to use a third party service (there are some, like PlayFab or GameSparks, or roll our own.

With Beat the Rhythm VR, we not only want cross-platform but cross-game: All the community features, like leaderboards, song and beatmap quality rankings, session streams and so forth should be consistent and shared among both games, so that we can have one (hopefully) large community for both games, instead of two smaller, isolated player communities.

And there’s another thing: I’m still working on our own in-VR beatmap editor and the fun with that really only starts when you can conveniently share your hard mapping work with your fellow players. Which opens a whole other can of worms and tricky challenges that need to be faced.

Having our own backend server solves a lot of these issues; even if solving some of these issues makes developing that backend server significantly more complex than just a leaderboard-system.

A little Personal History

Before I started working on VR games full-time in 2015, after several years of doing it “on the side” (since 2007), as freelance software-engineer I had a really decent income. Which was really cool! But that was due to taking whatever software-engineering project came along. That was still kind of fun. But when I’m totally honest, this wasn’t really what I was here for, and I had known that for sure at least since 2007 … but really, as a hunch much much longer. Most of my time, I spent working with databases, Web frontends, early Java days mobile apps, some of which I developed from scratch on my own, some large and complex systems that had grown over many years, that I worked on in small teams.

One reason it took a long while to get started with this was because I knew I’d be facing some old demons when getting back into this, and I honestly wasn’t looking forward to that. While I know I can do these things, and actually do them quite well, I’d honestly rather have paid someone … except I know how much that would cost, and we have to be super-careful with our budget (2018 was twice as good as 2017, and 2017 three times as good as 2016 — but we* still have very little liquid cash and roughly €100K open loans … also, it’s not so hard to double and triple your revenue when you start from a base of roughly €10,000 … per year … revenue).

*we currently actually only means me, working from my basement to be able to sustain the company

When I finally did get started, I first spent a lot of time figuring out which technology stack to use, and learning to use that technology stack. That was fun — I love learning new things, and in terms of server backends and Web development, I was living at least 10 years in the past, probably more like 15 years. Eventually, I got it rolling and we have now had the new leaderboard and progress tracking on the alphadev branch of Holodance for a little while, we also already use it for a little side project based in Beat the Rhythm that I did for money called Beat Challenge or 节奏激战 (this one’s currently only available in China, for the Lenovo Mirage AR headset), and the internal builds of Beat the Rhythm. This is on the beta now for Holodance, so by the time we release Beat the Rhythm, it will have been in production for a little while (you may have noticed that we just pushed the release of Beat the Rhythm from “Fall 2018” to “Spring 2019”).

It’s done … well … almost!
(and we all know what that means ;-) )

The hardest parts are done. Obviously, there is still a lot more work on this end, but I am super-happy that the foundation is there and I can now build out the various systems step-by-step, one at a time.

There was a price to pay: One of the things I really enjoy about developing games is that it’s an incredible creative and lively process. Sometimes, I have an idea of my own, or a request coming in from a player in the middle of the night (Hello Discord), start coding in the morning, and can play test this new idea in the afternoon, to share it with you in the evening. Then, of course, there’s usually several days, sometimes weeks, sometimes months of polishing until it behaves in the most fun way — but it’s usually a fun process that involves designing game play mechanics, coding, visuals and effects, sometimes audio.

I have been missing that during the last few months, and after my last meditation retreat, I took a little break from the server work to play with something new. That will go into Devlog 3, so stay tuned!
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About This Game

Are you ready to become a beatmaster in the ultimate VR rhythm game?

Unlimited content:

  • Music produced specifically for this game, with gameplay handcrafted by the developers - always perfectly on the beat
  • Any osu! beatmap, which means: High quality player generated content and a huge selection of music to play with (12K+ songs)
  • Any song you like from your local drive or YouTube, with our procedural beatmapping (supported file formats: mp3, mp4, m4a, ogg, flac, wav, wma, opus)
  • Create handcrafted maps for your own music, and share with other Beat the Rhythm and Holodance players

Play in four different disciplines:

  • Using your bare fists to punch the drops, tracing Sliders, spinning them Spinners?
  • Using laserblades to slice those drops?
  • Using laserguns to shoot evil drones (or balloons if you prefer)?
  • Rhythm Archery - for the clubbing sci-fi elves amongst you.
... until you master them all!

How will you play?

  • Zen-like solitary: Just you and the music, zero distraction
  • Asynchronous competition: Leaderboards in various categories, challenge-me feature
  • Cooperative multiplayer: Master the maps together with your companions
  • Competitive multiplayer: Beat the best to be the best, bending the limits of time and space

Audio-reactive Environments

We call the engine we're using for Holodance and Beat the Rhythm Synesthetic VR - because we want to create an experience of Synesthesia. So the environments visualize the music.

Trippy Game Modes

Whether you want to enter a psychedelic experience with color varying color saturations, hue-shifts, strobe-lights and special combo Bullet Time events, or you want to control time altogether with your movement in Time Dilation - there simply is no other Virtual Reality rhythm game that offers this kind of flexibility. Well, except our own Holodance, of course - but with Beat the Rhythm we focused on just the rhythm and left the dragons to those who really want to dance with them.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 8
    • Processor: i5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX GeForce 970
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 10
    • Processor: i5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX GeForce 1080
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 10.11.6
    • Processor: i5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 580
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 10.13
    • Processor: Intel Xeon
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon Pro Vega 56
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04
    • Processor: i5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX GeForce 970
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04
    • Processor: i5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX GeForce 1080
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
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