Tango Gameworks, the studio best known for horror titles like The Evil Within and more recently, Ghostwire: Tokyo, has not just revealed their latest project, but also released it following the Xbox Developer Direct live stream. Hi-Fi RUSH is a big departure from what we have known the studio for, delivering a cartoonish rhythm-based action game that has a vibrant visual style that is akin to that of Jet Set Radio.
A rhythm action game set in a colourful world where everything is driven by the beat of the music, from the trees swaying in the environment to every hit landed during combat. Combat sequences perfectly align with the rhythm of the music, allowing for gameplay that is not only exhilarating but also extremely satisfying in Hi-Fi RUSH.
A player’s moves aren’t dictated by the music like in a traditional rhythm game — players have the freedom of a full-action game. However, inputting actions with the beat amplifies the player’s attacks along with the music.
Players take on the role of Chai in Hi-Fi RUSH, a free-spirited slacker with rockstar ambitions. During a technological procedure to receive a robotic arm, he finds an unexpected bonus when his music player is fused within his power unit. If that wasn’t enough, the company behind the experiment labels him a defect, making him a target for deactivation.
With a squad of corporate overlords and an army of robots after him, Chai must defend himself through rhythmic combat and the help of a motley crew of allies to take down the company’s ruthless business leaders and escape. Interested players can already enjoy Hi-Fi RUSH, with the game available on Xbox Series X and PC, as well as being part of Game Pass for both platforms. The game also features licensed tracks from iconic rock bands including Nine Inch Nails and The Black Keys,