By Alexander Galbraith
XSEED Games announced yesterday that it would be including fan-submitted music in their upcoming title, Orgarhythm. The game, which is currently under development by ACQUIRE, will be released for the PlayStation Vita this fall.
Orgarhythm looks to combine elements of Command & Conquer-style real-time strategy games with rhythmic elements from games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band.
In the game, you play as the God of Light and lead elemental troops against your brother, the God of Darkness. The story opens as the God of Darkness and his followers have escaped from the underworld, and what follows is a series of strategic battles set to a mix of rock, club and tribal music.
Power-ups and effective attacks are achieved through tapping buttons to the beat at the appropriate time. Incorrect presses result in failed attacks and weakened armies.
The game is quite a departure for ACQUIRE, whose games tend to focus on feudal-era Japan. But they will be helped along by Takashi Hirai’s newly formed studio, Neilo. Hirai is the mind behind such music game classics as Rez and Space Channel 5, both released for the defunct Sega Dreamcast.
Fans have until October 1 to submit their music. Submissions can be one minute, two minutes, or four-and-a-half minutes in length. The tracks must be uploaded to YouTube and submitted through the game’s website. Of course, all works must be original.
Up to 100 tracks will be chosen and distributed as free downloadable content after the game’s release. The winners will be announced beginning in October. All winners will be given a code for a free copy of Orgarhythm.
Watch a gameplay demo of Orgarhythm from this year’s E3 conference, via IGN: