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Rhythm of the Universe: Ionia

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: ROTU Entertainment
Release Date: Sept. 23, 2021

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'Rhythm Of The Universe: Ionia' Comes To VR Headset In Q3 2021 - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 15, 2021 @ 10:27 p.m. PDT

Rhythm of the Universe: Ionia is the first of seven titles in the Rhythm of the Universe adventure series about preserving the environment with the power of music theory.

IONIA is the first title in the Rhythm of the Universe adventure series about preserving the environment with the power of music theory.

As the first of seven games, each with a distinct look and feel, IONIA will introduce an otherworldly forest filled with instrument-inspired flora and fauna. Explore a beautiful forest populated with instrument-inspired flora and fauna in IONIA, the first of seven games making up Rhythm of the Universe. Tap plants and pet animals with VR controllers or hand tracking to create pulsing drum beats, gentle bell tones, and other melodic sounds and set the air humming with good vibrations. Climb trees or sweep aside curtains of vines in search of a way to save the Harpa, a mystic creature in grave danger.

Rescuing the Harpa while exploring the mysterious forest and its looming ruins is no small task. Climb trees, zipline across trenches, collect supplies, and solve puzzles using music-based magic to push back the vines hiding a mystical narrative and lively ecosystem all designed around the Rhythm of the Universe. Reveal hidden areas, unlock the power of tonal tablets, and most importantly, heal the forest through the power of song.

Originally planned for Q4 2020, then delayed until Q2 2021, Rhythm of the Universe: Ionia is now scheduled for Q3 2021.

Today’s new trailer features the Irwin family in support of ROTU Entertainment’s goal of raising awareness of environmental issues.

"Entertainment without a motivation to elevate is, in my opinion, close to pointless. It is a privilege to be able to reach an audience and share your vision. To squander it on something that does not empower, educate, bolster or provoke a greater meaning feels irresponsible," says Neville Page of Avatar, Prometheus, Star Trek: Discovery, and Picard fame. "Rhythm of the Universe embodies so much of what I believe in as a designer and a contributor on this planet. It IS entertaining. It IS captivating. It IS fun. But it is also smart, educational, and thought-provoking. Dare I say, it has the potential to open one's mind to possibilities, both fantastic and relevant to the world we are in. A beautiful allegory packaged in stunning visuals and compelling gameplay.”

Five percent of proceeds from sales of IONIA will benefit environmental non-profit Wildlife Warriors. Established in 2002 by Steve and Terri Irwin, Wildlife Warriors continues Steve “The Crocodile Hunter” Irwin's legacy of protecting injured, threatened or endangered wildlife.

Rhythm of the Universe: IONIA will come to Oculus Quest natively as well as through Oculus Link, PSVR, Valve Index, Oculus Rift S, HTC Vive, Vive Pro, and HP Reverb G2 in Q3 2021, with English, Spanish, French, and German language support.

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