Rhythm of the Universe: Ionia devs on musical inspirations

We spoke with ROTU Entertainment to learn more about Rhythm of the Universe: Ionia.

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Rhythm of the Universe: Ionia is an upcoming fantasy-adventure game from ROTU studios. The game is in VR and features an assortment of environments and creatures inspired by music. The musical aspect was a big point of emphasis during the game’s development, so we caught up with some of the leads at ROTU Entertainment to learn more.

Shacknews head of video Greg Burke sat down with Emir Cerman, Creative Director/CCO and Jason Parks, Executive Producer Jason Parks of ROTU Entertainment to dive into the creation of Rhythm of the Universe: Ionia. During the interview, the two spoke about how some of the older Zelda titles, like Ocarina of Time, were among their inspirations when creating the world of Ionia. They also named Avatar, Harry Potter, and Star Wars as other creative inspirations.

Speaking of the universe, the developers also stress that they’ve created a fleshed out world, and that Rhythm of the Universe: Ionia is just a small slice of that universe. “Ionia is just a piece of a story of a much bigger IP, a much larger universe that we’ve been creating,” said Parks. “Live shows, music videos, and documentaries” are among the other pieces of art that place in that same universe.

Our full interview with the team at ROTU Entertainment is available over on the GamerHubTV YouTube channel, where you can catch other exclusive interview content. If you’re interested in checking out Rhythm of the Universe: Ionia, you can wishlist the game on Steam and play its current demo.

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Donovan is a young journalist from Maryland, who likes to game. His oldest gaming memory is playing Pajama Sam on his mom's desktop during weekends. Pokémon Emerald, Halo 2, and the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 were some of the most influential titles in awakening his love for video games. After interning for Shacknews throughout college, Donovan graduated from Bowie State University in 2020 with a major in broadcast journalism and joined the team full-time. He is a huge Star Wars nerd and film fanatic that will talk with you about movies and games all day. You can follow him on twitter @Donimals_

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