Rhythm-action game Thumper is coming in October

The “rhythm violence” game Thumper, which Phil described last year as “a simulated panic attack” (but in a good way), will be out on October 13. Developer Marc Flury also announced plans for a limited-release collector's edition that's being created in conjunction with iam8bit. 

“We’ve always wanted to release Thumper in style. Audio is a critical part of the game and a high-quality soundtrack is essential!” Flury wrote. “[The collector's edition] includes a game code (Steam or PS4) and a premium vinyl soundtrack with cover artwork designed by Robert Beatty. Robert’s music and art were a key inspiration for Thumper and we can’t wait to hold this beautifully designed package in our hands!” 

Collector's edition preorders won't go live until June 30, but the page is up now so you can get a look at what it's all about. “The music was composed under the unique methodology of 'gameplay first'. Most rhythm games take pre-composed songs and fit gameplay around them. For Thumper, the Drool team first developed the mechanics and levels, and then Gibson created an integrated sound experience that maximizes overall impact,” it says. “Unlike most of the great game soundtracks that iam8bit produces on vinyl, the tracks on this LP aren’t taken straight from the game. Instead, they’ve been carefully composed by Gibson as an engulfing, standalone listening opus.” 

Flury said further details about Thumper will be released as its launch comes closer.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.