Beat Saber leaves Steam Early Access on May 21, gets level editor
Beat Saber is about to get a proper release.
Over the past few years, virtual reality rhythm games have become incredibly popular. While experiences like Audica are on the horizon from acclaimed developers like Harmonix, there is one game that definitely reigns supreme. Beat Saber started the craze to begin with.
The game is all about keeping rhythm. In each hand, you hold a lightsaber, one blue and one red. When the music starts, small blocks with colored arrows begin scrolling toward you, and it's up to you to slash the blocks in the direction noted by the arrow. There are also obstacles that come your way, which you have to avoid by sidestepping.
Beat Saber has been in early access for quite some time, but it's graduating to a proper release on PC next week. The developer said, "although we are excited, it is simply a formality for us. We have so much in store for the game and this milestone only shows we are right at the beginning." The current version of the game now seems to be stable and advanced, and the team plans on unifying all Beat Saber versions — on Steam, Oculus, and PlayStation VR.
Aside from exiting early access on May 21, the game is getting a level editor. You'll be able to make your own levels even on PlayStation VR. New free music, expert levels, and much more will be a part of the editor.
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