While Jonathan Holmes was busy experiencing some sort of erotic fever dream, Bit.Trip series creators Gaijin Games were getting sh*t done. Holmes' predictions were right: explorethevoid.com is indeed the official website of the recently announced Bit.Trip.Void.
There's a trailer for the soon-to-be-downloadable WiiWare game, but it doesn't make much sense. As far as I can tell, the goal seems to be to collect black pixels into a black hole (the eponymous void, if you will) while avoiding the bullet-hellish white pixels. That much seems obvious, but there are also lots of extraneous black boxes everywhere that I really can't explain. If I had to guess (and I don't, but I'm going to anyway), I think you have to excrete some pixels every once in a while in order to shrink your void back down to a manageable size which would allow you to avoid the white pixels.
Here are some of the game's features:
Jonathan Holmes might think of Bit.Trip.Void as Bit.Trip.Hotdog-down-a-hallway, but I think it's just a metaphor for the Large Hard-on Collider they're running over in Switzerland. I don't know much about molecular physics, but the "void" obviously represents the black holes that are being Higgs Boson'd into existence. While I wait for the world to end, you might as well hit the jump and check out the trailer.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EXPLORE THE VOID WITH COMMANDER VIDEO
Come along and embark on another fantastic voyage!
Torrance, CA (September 2th, 2009) – Aksys Games, a publisher of interactive entertainment software, is proud to announce the next evolution in CommanderVideo’s journey, BIT.TRIP VOID! Developed exclusively for WiiWare™ by the crazy brains at Gaijin Games, BIT.TRIP VOID is the next entry in the critically acclaimed retro-arcade BIT.TRIP series which follows CommanderVideo on his epic journey from the ethereal to the corporeal, and beyond...
THE VOID AWAITS…
BIT.TRIP VOID is a synesthetic exploration of rhythm and music as they pertain to our everyday lives and moods. In a control scheme brand new to the series, yet wholly familiar to gamers, the player is given complete freedom to move about the screen wherever they desire, interacting with the music in brand new ways. The classic gameplay aesthetic remains, as color—and the absence of color—are explored to the fullest.
Trip out in up to 4-player co-op and get lost in the beat with your friends! See if you can survive the onslaught of Beats and further your own BIT.TRIP.
“BIT.TRIP VOID completes the first chapter in CommanderVideo's journey with a synesthetic exploration of mind/beat interaction. But as one chapter ends, another begins…” states Alex Neuse, Designer, Gaijin Games. “We hope that you find this game as beautiful as we do, and we can't wait to make another one for you. Keep rockin'!”
- You Are Not Alone…
Trip out in up to 4-player co-op and get lost in the beat with your friends!
- Keeping It Real!
BIT.TRIP VOID expands on the retro style with the blending of Synesthetic Music & Art and hyper-realistic retro cutscenes!
- Dance To These Killer Grooves!
Aficionados of chiptunes will definitely want to groove to the beats of chiptunes master, “Nullsleep”!
- Get Hyped!
Nunchuk™ & Classic Controller™ support, mid-level checkpoints, epic boss battles…what else can you ask for?!
BIT.TRIP VOID has not been rated by the ESRB. More information about Aksys Games, please visit www.aksysgames.com or www.explorethevoid.com for BIT.TRIP VOID. Nintendo trademarks used under license. WiiWare is available through the Wii console.