Guest Blog: Alex Jansen | Defend your stage with music – LOUD on Planet X launches on PS4/Steam April 19th & iOS/Android April 21st!
We’re incredibly excited to announce the April 19th PS4 and Steam (PC/Mac), and April 21st iOS and Android release of our new indie music game, LOUD on Planet X, featuring Tegan and Sara, CHVRCHES, Lights, Metric, METZ, F*cked Up, HEALTH, Purity Ring, Little Dragon, Austra, Shad, Cadence Weapon, July Talk, Monomyth and more!
LOUD on Planet X is a strange mash-up of two genres we love – rhythm tap and tower defence. Choose from a cross-section of top current indie music artists, then defend your stage from hordes of quirky aliens by tapping to the music and using a fun assortment of makeshift weapons like speakers, strobe lights, fog machines, amplifiers, bouncers and custom special attacks!
The original idea for LOUD on Planet X sprang out of obsessively playing old arcade classics with the sound down, listening to our own music instead. Patapon and Rhythm Heaven are big influences, and there’s an obvious splash of Plants vs. Zombies baked into our core mechanic. Our Lead Developer Andrew brings a lot of background in music/rhythm games as part of the team on Sound Shapes, the great PS3 and PSVita rhythm game featuring Beck, deadmau5 and Jim Guthrie among others.
We started by reaching out to bands we love within the vibrant local Toronto scene, helped by some generous introductions from Mike and Jonah of F*cked Up, and Brendan and Justin from Broken Social Scene, who each also contributed original tracks to the score. We’ve ended up with 14 great established and emerging musical artists that are all excited to be on board, each with their own in-game special attack. It has really helped that most of the bands are big gamers (though possibly none more than Lights, who also has some pretty great World of Warcraft tattoos).
After getting a solid response to our alpha build of LOUD at Indiecade East, GDC, PAX East and SXSW in 2015, we ended up running a successful Kickstarter campaign last summer that garnered some solid media coverage and helped get us here – finally ready to launch! It has been a busy year for our small but fierce team working out of Bento Miso in Toronto, and we’re excited to show you what we’ve been up to!
LOUD on Planet X releases on Tuesday April 19th 2016 for PS4 and Steam (PC and Mac), and Thursday April 21st for iOS and select Android devices!
LOUD on Planet X is an original Pop Sandbox production developed with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters. Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier de FACTOR, du gouvernement du Canada, et des radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.