Creator of Rhythm Action Game ‘Thumper’ Announces New VR Game Set for 2024


One of the co-creators of Thumper (2016), an acclaimed rhythm action game that eventually got VR support, has announced a new VR-first game called Thrasher with some totally unique-looking gameplay.

While Thumper was a flatscreen game first with an eventual VR mode, the upcoming Thrasher will be the reverse—Thrasher is being built with motion controls in mind and will launch first as a VR-only game on Quest and PC VR next year, with a flatscreen version coming at some point further down the road.

It’s a bit hard to tell exactly how the gameplay will work from the initial trailer, so here’s some context going in:

THRASHER is a mind-melting cosmic racer and an essential audiovisual experience. Swoop, dash and thrash across the void, taking on wild bosses in a race for survival that begins at the dawn of time.

Immerse yourself in a dazzling adventure across space, where music, visuals and gameplay mesh into one transcendent experience.

Thrasher is being developed by indie studio Puddle, which is comprised of Thumper co-creator Brian Gibson and Mike Mandel (Rock Band VR, Fuser, Fantasia: Music Evolved).

From what we gather, players will guide the ‘eel’ around using their motion controller, almost like waving a ribbon around on the end of a stick. It doesn’t sound exactly like a rhythm game proper, but something of an audio-visual extravaganza.

We love seeing creative VR gameplay and Thrasher certainly looks intriguing!

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  • gothicvillas

    Thumper in vr is rock solid. I wish them good luck to make something equally gripping.

    • Daniel Dobson

      Agreed – its one of those ‘pure VR’ experiences that feel like another dimension

  • NullReference

    Thumper was great, but a bit limited to joystick twitches – this looks amazing – I can’t wait!

  • Brettyboy01

    Play thumper first, probably one of the cheaper VR titles, but one of the greats.

    • I tried “Thumper” on GO.
      Fun for three seconds, then the novelty wore-off.
      Hard pass.

      • Setebos

        Best VR game ever made. I played it for about 100 hours and still enjoy it.

  • Thumper is groundbreaking stuff, can’t wait to experience this.

  • Arno van Wingerde

    This kind of game makes me actually grateful not to own a game PC…

    • Fred

      This kind of comment makes me grateful I’m not a miserable git.

  • Hussain X

    Thumper is at a historical low price and at Steam for only £3.19, 80% off.