A good rhythm action videogame needs some infectious tunes to really engross you in the whole experience, and they don’t much catchier than AVICII’s, the stage name of the late Swedish DJ Tim Bergling. A couple of years ago Tim’s father, Klas Bergling in cooperation with Wired Productions and Hello There Games released AVICII Invector, a rhythm action title featuring 35 of the DJ’s tracks. Today, the developers have announced that a virtual reality (VR) version called AVICII Invector: Encore Edition is coming to Meta Quest 2 in a few weeks.
Those 35 chart-topping tunes include the likes of Peace of Mind, Freak, Without You, Wake Me Up, Lay Me Down and S.O.S to name a few. All the music royalties from each copy of the videogame will go to the Tim Bergling Foundation which works towards removing the stigma attached to suicide and mental health issues.
As you’d expect, AVICII Invector: Encore Edition is a fast-paced rhythm game where you have to hit the correct buttons as your small spaceship flies over each one, who well this translates into VR remains to be seen, as most VR rhythm titles involve a lot of movement. Complimenting the songs are seven vivid environments and for those who like a challenge, there are four difficulty levels.
“When Tim and I first started talking about Invector, he was actually sent an early prototype VR headset. He was fascinated by the technology and the opportunities it created,” said Oskar Eklund, the CEO of Hello There Games in a statement. “Working with Tim’s father, Klas, to finish this project has been an emotional process for the whole team. We still grieve for Tim, but we came together knowing this was a project he was very passionate about and hope his fans can continue to celebrate and remember AVICII for the light that he was.”
“At Wired, we are all about celebrating the art, music, and developers behind each release. AVICII Invector, in many ways, is our perfect match,” adds Leo Zullo, Managing Director, Wired Productions in a statement. “Bringing AVICII Invector to VR has been a labour of love, one that will immerse fans and Meta Quest gamers alike in an unforgettable virtual reality experience. An experience which, I hope, will continue to celebrate Tim’s music and legacy for years to come.”