BitCutter Studios has announced that Groove Gunner, a technical VR rhythm shooter, will be available October 28 in Early Access on Steam. Groove Gunner challenges players to quickly switch between shooting incoming targets and blocking a barrage of bullets, all perfectly timed to 15 hand-crafted tracks at release. The hardest difficulty will challenge even the most seasoned rhythm players, as suggested by the theme of the tutorial – “Failure is not encouraged.”
The game highlights some fantastic independent music. BitCutter opted for a unique approach when choosing the music for Groove Gunner. Rather than following a traditional licensing model, they opened up submissions to artists around the world, selecting songs that the developers felt provided the best fit for the game’s mechanics and atmosphere. The result is an unexpected and refreshing mix of genres, with the familiar sounds of pop and electronic music interspersed with metal, hip hop, rock, and more.
Groove Gunner includes a full-featured editor, providing artists the ability to create and share their own songs with other players. BitCutter used the same editor to design the featured songs, offering creators the same level of control over the gameplay, stage, and lighting.
While in Early Access, players will have the chance to influence the development of Groove Gunner including changes and additions to game modes, features, and song charts.
A free demo featuring a selection of songs from the full game is available on the Steam Store.