It’s coming! Thumper is only a few short months away and ready to either bury you under the weight of its ominous atmosphere or make you feel like a pure badass chromed-out beetle who can handle the darkest and most foreboding music and art a giant twisted head can spew down the track. The release date has been “Fall 2016” for a while now but today sees that window trimmed down to a specific day, and that’s the PS VR launch date of October 13. The game comes on both PS4 and PC, with VR support for each, and whichever version you choose it’s going to be an incredible ride.
Nice as the launch window is, the other news is that there’s a soundtrack coming out with it. It’s a project that had been in the works but is now official, and there’s even a Collector’s Edition coming from iam8bit going up for preorder tomorrow with a picture disk included. Yes, a non-picture disk would have been nice for better audio quality, or a two-vinyl set with picture and standard disc included, but it also includes a full digital soundtrack. (Which kind of defeats the point of getting it on record in the first place if you need to drop to a digital download to get better audio quality.) The soundtrack isn’t music straight from the game, because the audio is designed more to work with an interesting level than to kick back and listen to, so the tracks have been reworked to stand on their own. The preorders for the Collector’s Edition goes live tomorrow at $45 on the iam8bit store, and there are a pair of tunes available to preview the music. Thumper is on the way bringing its audio landscape with it, and the dread and excitement are fighting for top spot in emotional anticipation.