Tango Gameworks launches new game Hi-Fi Rush during Xbox Developer Direct

A complete 180 from Tango Gameworks' horror games, Hi-Fi Rush is a colorful rhythm action game in which players battle enemies with stylish melee to a musical beat.


Tango Gameworks has long been known for its stylistic horror titles, but it looks like the studio is breaking away from that style for something far more lighthearted in the form of Hi-Fi Rush. It’s a bright, cel-shaded rhythm action-melee game in which rock and sci-fi come together in a quirky journey. What’s more, Tango Gameworks and Bethesda shocked us all by announcing that Hi-Fi Rush is launching today.

Tango Gameworks got to put Hi-Fi Rush on full display during the Xbox/Bethesda Developer Direct on January 25, 2023. The game marks a huge departure from what many have come to expect out of Tango. The group was previously responsible for The Evil Within and Ghostwire: Tokyo, but Hi-Fi Rush breaks away to bring us a colorful adventure in which a hopeful musician and his little cat bot as they battle a corporate empire that experimented on them.

Hi-Fi Rush announcement tweet.
Hi-Fi Rush isn't just an altogether different game for Tango Gameworks. It's also out today on Xbox Game Pass and PC.
Source: Twitter

The main character, Chai, can now feel the rhythm of the world beating through him and uses it in combat to get the drop on his foes. Armed with music and his electric guitar, Chai will light enemies up in stylish combat set to both licensed and original music. The game’s bright colors and stylish looks remind of titles like Jet Set Radio, but it also brings an aesthetic all its own with its rock musical focus.

If that wasn’t enough, Tango Gameworks also shocked everyone by announcing that Hi-Fi Rush, a game nobody really knew about until today, is also launching on PC and Xbox today, and is even included in Xbox Game Pass. You can play it now. If you’re interested, be sure to check it out.

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    January 25, 2023 12:45 PM

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      January 25, 2023 1:41 PM

      This looks pretty interesting. I'll definitely give it a shot. It's not the type of game that would typically hold my interest for very long but the visuals look great and the mechanics seem like they could be fun as long as it's not too difficult!

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        January 25, 2023 11:58 PM

        I have it on hard difficulty and just went through the first level in about an hour, and it's a ton of fun. They do a great job of mixing rhythm and beat-em-up game mechanics, the visuals are gorgeous, and the soundtrack is really good so far.

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