Independent Kinect developer Virtual Air Guitar Company said that Air Guitar Warrior was going to be mind-blowing. Well, judging by the crazy (in a good way) trailer, along with all the info in the press release below, they could be right! Air Guitar Warrior is an augmented virtuality*, side-scrolling, musical shoot-em-up, featuring among many other things robot dinosaur-riding and lightning-shooting guitars, which will be released on March 29th exclusively for Kinect 2 for Xbox One via the ID@Xbox self-publishing programme priced at £14.99 (UK) / €18.99 (EU) / $19.99 (US).
Air Guitar Warrior brings rock’n’roll, flaming guitars and shooter mayhem to Xbox One
Helsinki, Finland, March 14th: Virtual Air Guitar Company has announced their 11th game Air Guitar Warrior for Kinect, to be released on March 29th via the ID@Xbox self-publishing programme. The game will be available exclusively on Xbox One at a price of $19.99 / €18.99 / £14.99.
Air Guitar Warrior is part music game and part scrolling shooter. Players will wield air guitars that double as weapons on a quest to find a legendary sword-guitar and challenge Heavy Metal Zeus at the top of the Temple of the Rock Gods.
“With Air Guitar Warrior, we wanted to really push the rock attitude,” says Aki Kanerva, Founder and Lead Designer at Virtual Air Guitar Company. “Air guitars that shoot fire, ice and lightning, dinosaur riding, flying flaming demon skulls… it’s going to melt your face!”
A full soundtrack has been created specifically for the game by musicians Mika Tyyskä / Mr. Fastfinger and Samppa Siurala. The game places control of the lead guitar in the hands of the player.
Tyyskä says, “I’ve been playing guitar for almost 30 years, it was very liberating to finally write music and riffs for air guitar! For each song, we wrote various lead guitar layers in different speeds: fast, faster, fasterer… no sweat or blood was spared when the most furious parts were laid down!” Siurala adds, “This project was a great combo – creating multiple different styles was an awesome challenge and at the same time it was a dive back to basics: solid rock!”
Despite the company’s name and long history, this is their first released game to feature air guitar playing. Kanerva says, “It only took 11 years and 11 games, so it’s about time we cranked it up to 11 and made a game with air guitars in it!”
- 50 hand-painted levels, ranging from post-apocalyptic ruins to the pits of pandemonium
- 21 vehicles including dinosaurs, sharks with lasers, tigers and jet-powered crocodiles, featuring different gameplay for flying and ground vehicles
- 13 giant bosses
- 8 guitar weapons, each with 5 tactical fire modes
- 10 album covers that you can star in
- Custom soundtrack by Mika Tyyskä / Mr. Fastfinger and Samppa Siurala with 19 tracks ranging from classic rock to heavy metal
- The guitar responds to your playing – choose slow or fast, rhythm or lead, or bend backwards to trigger destructive rapid fire
About Virtual Air Guitar Company
Virtual Air Guitar Company is a Finnish indie studio specializing in motion games. Established in 2006, the company has developed 12 games on platforms including PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows, created the patented FreeMotion technology, and provided motion control content and expertise worked to technology partners such as Intel. Since 2014, the company has released 6 games in the ID@Xbox self-publishing programme.
About Mika Tyyskä
Mika Tyyskä, better known by his stage name Mr.Fastfinger, is a Finnish virtuoso guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist who encompasses several genres of music.
About Samppa Siurala
Samppa Siurala is a versatile composer, guitarist, singer and sound designer. His work ranges all the way from heavy metal and classic rock to electronic music and lighter pop ballads.
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*I recently learned that augmented virtuality is when the real player is augmented into computer graphics, like Air Guitar Warrior and Kung Fu For Kinect, whereas augmented reality is when computer graphics are augmented into the real world, like in parts of Xbox 360’s Kinect Party and Rabbids: Alive & Kicking.