Publisher Snow Cannon Games and developer Tinimations have announced that their rhythm platformer, Klang, will come out on September 22nd on Steam.
If you are unfamiliar with rhythm games, think of Dance Dance Revolution and then imagine that on a computer. You now know rhythm games.
Most rhythm games only focus on timing key presses with the music's tempo, like osu!, but Klang is different. Klang is said to combine the usual rhythm game mechanics with exploration, platforming and combat all at the same time.
"If you mix an action game, a rhythm game and a dash of euphoria together, you get Klang,” said Tom-Ivar Arntzen of Tinimations. “Klang blends the variety of tasks players must perform in action games with the timing of rhythm games. The result is a super immersive experience where both what you’re doing and the music you’re doing it to matter."
The players take the role of an unnamed "Elite Rave Warrior" attempting to escape the evil Soundlord Sonus. The levels are increasingly challenging and each attack is timed to audio-visual cues along with an original soundtrack composed by EDM artist, bLiNd.
"For Klang to really work, it had to be highly optimized to fit the music,” said Jordan Aguirre (a.k.a., bLiNd). “This is why I went to great lengths to create an original soundtrack that both worked with what players were doing in the game and got them pumped to play."
Espen Askvik, CEO of Snow Cannon Games also expressed his desire to bring Klang to Steam as he feels that the game's unique take on the genre "will make it a welcome addition for the Steam community.”
Klang has been showcased during PAX West in Seattle, by the game's developing team as well as composer bLiNd.
There are currently no other launch platforms announced.