The Xbox exclusive rythmic action hit Hi-Fi Rush has officially surpassed the two million player mark according to Bethesda and developer Tango Gameworks.
As spotted by G.I.Biz, the engagement milestone came by way of a tweet from Bethesda encouraging fans to “keep on being rockstars”, whle celebrating the fact that “two million players have moved to the beat of Hi-Fi Rush” since the game’s January 25 straight to Game Pass surprise launch.
Hi-Fi Rush’s rhythm-based gameplay, vibrant aesthetic, and humorous character represented a surprising departure from developer Tango Gameworks’ history of creating horror-infused titles such as The Evil Within and Ghostwire Tokyo.
Two million players have moved to the beat of @hifirush! Keep on being rockstars! pic.twitter.com/qY9S7ldevC
— Bethesda (@bethesda) March 1, 2023
Prior to launch, Hi-Fi Rush reportedly went viral amongst Bethesda staff, with its internal popularity being a significant factor in the decision to shadow drop the game during January’s Xbox Developer Direct event.
“Some people had played it and they spoke about it to their other [colleagues],” said Hi-Fi Rush director John Johanas in an interview with IGN.
“They’re like, ‘Did you see that game that they’re making there?’ There’s this weird sort of viral positivity to this just playing this game, and Game Pass just felt like an excellent opportunity to let something… lose that skepticism immediately by just playing it and people just talking about it.”
Judging by the newly revealed two million player milestone, paired with the overwhelming social media positivity surrounding the game at launch, Tango Gameworks’ gamble certainly appears to have paid off.
IGN gave the rhythm extravaganza a 9/10, saying that “Hi-Fi Rush is a memorable journey that matches to the beat of its own drum and without a doubt stands among the action greats”.
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