During the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2019 in June Cloudhead Games – the studio behind The Gallery series – announced a new virtual reality (VR) title which was completely different to previous projects, a rhythm-action first-person shooter (FPS) called Pistol Whip. Today, the studio has confirmed support for Oculus Quest as well as a launch date for Quest and PC VR headsets.
The rhythm-action genre is becoming increasingly popular in VR, thanks to a mixture of immersive gameplay, music and its fitness characteristics. Described by Cloudhead Games as ‘part SUPERHOT and part Beat Saber‘, Pistol Whip has been inspired by God-mode action movies like John Wick and Equilibrium, pitting players against seemingly endless enemies whilst enjoying some thumping tunes.
Built to be simply picked-up-and-played, Pistol Whip has been designed with a simple control scheme which any player can master. Featuring an explosive selection of hand-crafted action sequences, players have complete freedom to shoot, melee, and dodge targets however they chose.
Armed with a pistol (the only gun shown so far) Pistol Whip is all about racking up those kills and building multipliers in time with the music for an impressive high score. There’s still plenty about the title Cloudhead Games hasn’t revealed including how many levels there are, how the scoring works – do headshots offer more points? – will there be multiple modes, a co-op of some sort (or local multiplayer) and any online options like global leaderboards?
“As a VR-centric studio, we’ve always placed a focus on player agency in VR. With Pistol Whip we wanted users to feel like their favourite action hero, planted in the centre of an unstoppable action sequence,” said Denny Unger, CEO and Creative Director, in a statement.
Pistol Whip will launch on 7th November 2019 for Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Valve Index. The PlayStation VR version is now listed as ‘coming soon’. For the launch, Cloudhead Games has partnered with Kannibalen Records to deliver a 10-song soundtrack, with regular music and level updates planned for the coming months. As further details are released for Pistol Whip ahead of and after launch, VRFocus will let you know.