28 Feb VR Games MUSE: On tour now!
UTRECHT, February 28th 2019 – Last week, MUSE kicked off their world tour. House of Secrets developed two virtual reality games that will travel along on that tour. How come? Fans can purchase exclusive VIP tickets that give access to a VR arcade, where they can immerse themselves in the universe of the new album from the band. That’s where the games come in.
Be inside the music video’s
These worlds are based on the artwork and music videos that were made public these past months, entirely outfitted in eighties retrowave style. The videos tell a story that’s carried through in the music, the album art but also in the stage décor for example. And now in the games as well.
In the aptly named racing game ‘Retrograde Racer’, the player takes a seet behind the wheel of a flashy sports car, driving it through a futuristic landscape filled with robo-skeletons, lifesize lightshards and neon-lit skyscrapers. On the pulsing beat of the soundtrack, the player picks up boosts and points, that tally up to a highscore, true to the arcade-game as a medium.
‘Spaceship Defender’ is a shooter game, where the player finds themselves in the cockpit of a spaceship. There’s an emergency signal firing off all sirens and lights in there and the player is asked to investigate the cause. Taking a look on the deck of the ship, it’s obvious what the cause is: an extraterrestrial onslaught of furry critters! The players stands up to the task to eradicate these ferocious pests and buy some time until the warp drive is ready for use.
From in-house VR music videos to music games
House of Secrets previously made VR music videos to their own music, but making games to accompany ‘classic’ music videos, was new to them. Doing something new always poses some challenges, but the studio happily faced them in this case. In the past few months, House of Secrets has developed these games from concept to product, with attention to detail, style and graphics, but also keeping in mind the gameplay for the player. They are now looking forward to the reaction of the audience, but are pleased to hear that the band has already given positive feedback.