Yesterday, a leak appeared online claiming that developer Tango Gameworks has a new game called Hi-Fi Rush in the works. @BillbilKun, the Twitter user who posted the leak, suggested players might see an official reveal of this game during today’s Xbox and Bethesda Developer Direct. That prediction turned out to be exactly right, as today’s Developer Direct showed off a flashy first gameplay trailer as well as an in-depth look at Hi-Fi Rush in action. This game’s upbeat, over-the-top style stands in direct contrast to the exclusively horror-themed titles Tango Gameworks made before it, which the trailer even cheekily acknowledges. Even more surprisingly, players can discover Hi-Fi Rush today on PC Game Pass, Steam, Microsoft Store and Epic Games Store.
Hi-Fi Rush released on PC Game Pass today
Prior to this revelation, rumors suggested that Hi-Fi Rush would take the form of a sci-fi shooter or a rhythm-centric brawler. As it turns out, Hi-Fi Rush works squarely like the latter, with the player character Chai time his extravagant attacks to the rhythm of the background music.
While the game automatically syncs Chai attacks to the soundtrack as they are released, it actively rewards players who deliberately time their entries in time with Beat Hit combo finishers. Enemy attacks and stage obstacles also match the beat, so while you don’t necessarily need to pay attention to the music, it will help a lot.
Hi-Fi Rush has plenty of other features on top of that, including teammate attacks for greater combo opportunities and killer bosses with their own musical flair. The game even includes an “alternate audio mode” with original tracks instead of the default licensed tracks to meet the needs of streamers. Needless to say, the fact that players can get their hands on Hi-Fi Rush on PC Game Pass and other platforms the day of its announcement is a bit wild. One could even say that it is music to our ears.