Vertigo Games, the VR specialist publishing and development arm of the global Koch Media Group, and Anotherway, a VR development studio with roots at Microsoft Hololens and Activision, will release the critically acclaimed VR music game Unplugged on Oculus Quest tomorrow, with a PC VR* release on Steam to follow later this year (*Valve Index Controller compatible headsets only). The game already received very positive feedback from renowned VR specialists on its solid hand-tracking, rock and roll feel, and overall rock performance experience.
Accompanying the news, Vertigo Games released a mixed reality trailer that brings air guitar to life with a strong rock performance, just like players will experience in-game. Watch it here:
Ricardo Acosta, founder and creative director at Anotherway, saw his lockdown project from 2020 grow into a full rock and roll VR experience. “Seeing the game shape itself into reality has been one of the greatest things in our lives. Unplugged started as a small passion project in the middle of the pandemic. It’s been a year and a half since we got the initial idea and in that time we got to work with dozens of extremely talented people and some of the world leading companies in tech, VR and music. It’s been a blast and we can’t wait to turn people’s living rooms into their own personal rock stage!”
Unplugged offers immersive air guitar play through the use of hand-tracking technology, world famous rock-songs, real-life guitar -and amplifier brands, and an experienced all-star rock team behind the game. At launch, the game has a setlist of over 20 songs, consisting of some of the biggest rock bands. There are six industry standard guitar and amplifier brands for rock and roll in Unplugged, Satchel from rock band Steel Panther functions as the player’s personal in-game mentor, and former Guitar Hero series lead guitarist -and game designer Marcus Henderson has helped lift the game to greater heights. All-in-all, Unplugged offers an authentic, exhilarating sense of rock-star realness.
Play air guitar and write rock history in VR! Unplugged lets you rock out to some of the biggest and most insanely cool songs from world-famous rock bands, including The Offspring, Weezer & Ozzy Osbourne, using just your hands. Become a rock legend with Steel Panther’s inimitable frontman Satchel as your mentor.
Produced by the lead guitarist of Guitar Hero and fully powered by hand-tracking, playing air guitar has never felt this real. Pick up your virtual guitar, select a song, match your fingers to the chords and strum the strings at the right time to play a tune. Engage the crowd to deliver the rock performance of a lifetime. Unlock songs, venues, guitars and more on your way to guitar greatness and compete with the world’s best air guitarists on the leaderboards. Are you ready to ROCK?!
- Go on an epic journey celebrating 5 decades of rock
- Unlock venues, songs and gear on your rise to fame
- Jam out to 20+ rock hits in 3 difficulty modes
- Become a rock legend on the global leaderboards
Published by Vertigo Games and developed by Anotherway, Unplugged is available tomorrow on Oculus Quest, with a PC VR* release to follow later this year (*Valve Index Controller compatible headsets only). For more news about Unplugged, find Unplugged on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and sign up for the newsletter at unplugged-vr.com.