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Evil Within studio reveals — and releases — new rhythm-action game Hi-Fi Rush

Tango Gameworks’ cartoonish musical brawler comes to Xbox and PC... right now

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Tango Gameworks, the Bethesda Softworks studio behind horror games The Evil Within and Ghostwire: Tokyo, revealed its next project, Hi-Fi Rush, on Wednesday during an Xbox Developer Direct livestream. It’s a big swerve for the studio; Hi-Fi Rush is a cartoonish rhythm-based action game with a colorful visual style that looks somewhere between Sega’s Jet Set Radio and Insomniac’s Sunset Overdrive.

In another big swerve, Tango Gameworks is releasing the game today. Hi-Fi Rush launches Wednesday on Xbox Series X and Windows PC, and is included with Game Pass for Xbox and PC.

In Hi-Fi Rush, players take on the role of protagonist Chai, who has a supernatural sense of the rhythm of his world. His moves and attacks help create a living soundtrack, Tango Gameworks says. The more you flow with the beat, the better you can connect with your attacks and abilities — “everything syncs up like a music video,” according to the studio. The game’s soundtrack features licensed tracks from artists like Nine Inch Nails, The Black Keys, The Prodigy, and Zwan. Hi-Fi Rush was directed by John Johanas, director of The Evil Within 2.