Thumper adds Vive and Oculus VR support

Ben Parfitt
Thumper adds Vive and Oculus VR support

One of the year's most underrated titles has expanded its virtual reality support to two other systems.

At launch rhythm action game Thumper supported only PlayStation VR, despite also being available on PC. The game has now been updated, however, to support VR on both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Thumper differs from other titles in the genre not only with its use of an original soundtrack, but also in its overbearing and quite intimidating presentation and gameplay.

It has a very different vibe to what people consider music games to be,” Marc Flury from developer Drool told MCV last month. It's not about euphoria or the joy of playing music, it's really a dark and intense experience. We started calling it a rhythm violence game, which is an effective marketing term. It's something that's memorable and gets people interested in the game.

When we started, VR technology was some fantasy. It wasn't really practical. A lot of it was us working on the game for a long time. We saw the amount of hype and money being put behind pushing VR as the next big thing. We figured we'd at least try.

"To be honest, we didn't have any high expectations. We thought the game might not work at all in VR, or we'd have to entirely redesign the game to support it. Sometimes your timing is just right. We had the right game at the right time and it worked really well in virtual reality.”

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