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Audioshield update for 9 October 2018

The Fitness Update!

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Patchnotes via Steam Community

2 new modes!
2 new skins!
10 new songs (including 5 from The Murder City Devils and a new custom Audioshield Theme)!

New Fitness Modes - Get ready to squat!

Fitness Modes

Two new Fitness modes have just been added. The main new feature in these modes is white Fault Boxes that you need to squat under so they don’t hit you in the face. This adds a new exercise element to the game that can get your heart rate up even more. In fact, the VR Health Institute has measured it as equivalent to playing tennis!

The fault boxes are carefully placed to make you move in time with the music - just like the punching/blocking actions you make with the shields. It’s especially fun when you stand up into a big song transition after a squat. These are now the most fun modes in the game for me and the extra exercise is a great bonus. They also require harder hits to get a high artistic score - so really go for it.

10 New Songs!

Audioshield now comes with 10 more built-in songs (in the Recommended section of the song browser). Like the others, these are hand-picked as some of the best Audioshield experiences out there.

The Murder City Devils (Rock)
5 Murder City Devils songs are now included with the game! These songs have been inspiring me for years and were some of my most-listened back when the original Audiosurf algorithm was coming together - it’s so awesome for me to be able to share them here! The five songs are: Flashbulb, I Want A Lot Now (So Come On), Press Gang, Rum and Whiskey, and 364 Days.

Audioshield Theme (Epic)
A new custom composition just for Audioshield! Winifred Phillips has composed an epic-style track just for Audioshield. She worked hard to make sure the composition created great gameplay moments and it really paid off.

Break of Reality (Cello Rock)
One of their most popular songs, Spectrum of the Sky, has been a favorite Audioshield and Audiosurf 2 track of mine for years. In approaching them about licensing it, I discovered Helix which also creates great gameplay. Enjoy these two!

Surgeryhead (Electro)
An up and coming Irish musician working in the direction of bands like Carpenter Brut. Audioshield now includes two really great tracks from him: Revelations and She’s a Runaway.

Song scanning

This update also includes a song scanning feature that automatically finds song files on your machine. Once scanned, songs can be found using the Search Computer and Random Song features. You can start a scan from the Options screen (gear icon). It runs in the background, but pauses during gameplay to make sure there aren’t any framerate hiccups.

New Skins

This update also comes with two new skins. The first is called Minimum and it’s for those that want to play with absolutely no distractions. The other is called One Day - and is just that. The sun rises at the start of the song and sets before the end. The wind blows with the intensity of the music, moving clouds and grass with the song. This one was a lot of fun to work on and I hope you enjoy visiting there!


Other stuff

  • Better performance on the Manifold skin. It now stays at super resolution on even more machines.
  • Bolder colors on both the Manifold and Horizon skins.

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