Man, music visualizers are so last year. You know what the hip kids are into these days? Virtual reality music visualizers. At least that's what developer Nicalis is banking on with Dimensional Intersection, an interactive visual circus coming to headsets around the world.
If the name Nicalis is ringing a bell, that's probably because they are the folks who published beloved side-scrolling platformer, Cave Story, as well as games like The Binding of Isaac and 1001 Spikes. If you would have asked me this morning what the team was working on these days, however, I definitely would not have said a music visualizer for Oculus and the PlayStation VR headset called Dimensional Intersection.
Just keep that “VR” bit of the equation in mind when you check out this trailer. It may seem like a standard music visualizer at first glance but, once you remember that the thing is 3D, interactive and will be strapped to your face, it kind of makes the whole thing seem twice as appealing.
While this might not be a typical game or even an application most folks use on their various devices nowadays, something like Dimensional Intersection could be a rad way to show off what VR is all about.
Nicalis announced Dimensional Intersection earlier today, saying that VR owners will soon be able to “experience an ever-changing, intensely visual world” that syncs to the music. As for the artists present on the soundtrack, you can expect to hear tunes from Soulacybin, Land Switcher and MONS. Their songs will include hand-crafted scenes that are built of interactive fractals that players can manipulate in real-time. Perhaps it would be better if Tyrone Rodriguez, founder of Nicalis, explained it himself.
Dimensional Intersection is a crazy experience that distills music into the purest form. It's being developed in a place very close to the origin of psytrance and that influence is evident in the game.
Okay, maybe I was wrong about things becoming clearer after that. My next mission today is to look up “psytrance” and see if I can't figure out what I'm going to be getting myself into with Dimensional Intersection. If I'm going to be joining some insane music cult, I'd like to know all of the details in advance.
Honestly, it sounds like we're talking about some pretty trippy virtual reality worlds that evolve with the beat of music, which I'm basically down with. If we're talking about Rez for a new generation of hardware, you can sign me up.
Dimensional Intersection is slated to launch this fall, so it should be available just in time for the launch of the PlayStation VR. If you're going to have an Oculus by then, maybe add it to your games to watch list.