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AudioSurf Air Exists, Has a Beta

The follow-up to one of the best damned music games you probably never played is on the horizon.

Uh, yes please.

In my personal hierarchy of "music games that sucked up way more of my free time than is reasonable by any conceivable definition," Rock Band and Guitar Hero perhaps unsurprisingly sit atop the heap. However, surprisingly not far behind them is AudioSurf, the independently developed PC music game that let you "ride" your own music. Just load up any mp3 file from your hard drive, and the game would generate a dynamic level to "surf," creating collectible objects and obstacles around specific beats and notes within the music.

It was a sincerely amazing game, so you can imagine my excitement when I learned just now of AudioSurf Air, a sequel currently in the works courtesy of creator Dylan Fitterer. The just-launched website for the game only shows a few teasing screenshots, but also has the benefit of a beta sign-up form for those who might want to try the game ahead of release.

The beta currently doesn't have a launch date, but signing up will get you considered for when it does launch. Presumably it won't be too far off, as the site lists a 2012 release date for the final game.

Okay, so this is maybe a slightly self-indulgent post given my absurd love of the original, but come on, I can't possibly be the only one stoked about this, can I?

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Posted by Alex
Uh, yes please.

In my personal hierarchy of "music games that sucked up way more of my free time than is reasonable by any conceivable definition," Rock Band and Guitar Hero perhaps unsurprisingly sit atop the heap. However, surprisingly not far behind them is AudioSurf, the independently developed PC music game that let you "ride" your own music. Just load up any mp3 file from your hard drive, and the game would generate a dynamic level to "surf," creating collectible objects and obstacles around specific beats and notes within the music.

It was a sincerely amazing game, so you can imagine my excitement when I learned just now of AudioSurf Air, a sequel currently in the works courtesy of creator Dylan Fitterer. The just-launched website for the game only shows a few teasing screenshots, but also has the benefit of a beta sign-up form for those who might want to try the game ahead of release.

The beta currently doesn't have a launch date, but signing up will get you considered for when it does launch. Presumably it won't be too far off, as the site lists a 2012 release date for the final game.

Okay, so this is maybe a slightly self-indulgent post given my absurd love of the original, but come on, I can't possibly be the only one stoked about this, can I?

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Posted by chrismafuchris

Neat!

Posted by TheKramer89

Except, i played the hell out of audiosurf.

Posted by Bunnyman

I'm terrible at audio surf. Now I can be terrible at this. Just to enjoy my music.

Posted by cmunch

Great game , super happy to hear about this!

Edited by bkbroiler

Wait, never played? I thought everyone and their dog had played Audiosurf.

Posted by Morningstar

You are right, I never played this.

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Posted by Hot_Karl

I'm down like a clown, Charlie Brown. Gimme more of that Christian Side Hug goodness that is Audiosurf.

Posted by Alex

@bkbroiler: Perhaps I was too presumptive. I know shockingly few people who ever got into AudioSurf, but the ones that did were roughly as obsessive as I was.

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Posted by JoeyRavn

I never understood how Audiosurft worked. But then again, I'm terrible at it. I prefer something more direct, like Beat Hazard.

Posted by thatdutchguy

cant wait !

Posted by iAmJohn

HELL. FUCKING. YES.

Posted by AverageGreg

Fuck yes; Audiosurf is awesome, signing up for the beta straight away!

Posted by Three0neFive

I know it's probably entirely unreasonable, but I'm really hoping to see some improved visuals. Don't get me wrong, Audiosurf looked great for a game basically developed by one guy, but it'd be amazing to see something that looks like Wipeout HD's Zone mode.

Posted by mbr2

Except everyone who buys games off of Steam probably has played it.

Posted by The_Nubster

@Alex said:

@bkbroiler: Perhaps I was too presumptive. I know shockingly few people who ever got into AudioSurf, but the ones that did were roughly as obsessive as I was.

I've got almost as much time in Audiosurf as I do in Witcher, and I played Witcher for 80 hours. I don't know how it happened. I am so excited about this.

Posted by bkbroiler

@Alex said:

@bkbroiler: Perhaps I was too presumptive. I know shockingly few people who ever got into AudioSurf, but the ones that did were roughly as obsessive as I was.

According to the website www.giantbomb.com, more people have played Audiosurf than MW3. Granted, I have played it, but probably for less than 2 collective songs, so you've got a point there.

Posted by Tim_the_Corsair

@Alex you just made my week

I only ever played Mono pro, but that was enough to make me happy for many hours playing offline on my shitty laptop

Posted by Cubic

Audiosurf was why I originally got into Steam. I'd heard so many good things about it I signed up for an account just so I could buy it (I think it was only ever available on Steam? One of the first games with Steam achievements as well, if I recall).

In other words, I hold Audiosurf personally responsible for my 150-odd game collection I now have on Steam. I still fire it up occasionally when I buy a new album and wonder what it'd look like.

Posted by fleethefactory

Signed up for that jam so fast.

Posted by HadesTimes

Cool, thanks for the heads up. Beta position confirmed. Its not self-indulgent if it gets me a spot in the beta. LOL :)

Posted by Codeacious

Sign me the fuck up!

Posted by Vitor

Played the first game on release on a super crappy laptop that could barely run it on medium. Still loved the heck out of it. GET HYPE.

Posted by iAmJohn

@Three0neFive said:

I know it's probably entirely unreasonable, but I'm really hoping to see some improved visuals. Don't get me wrong, Audiosurf looked great for a game basically developed by one guy, but it'd be amazing to see something that looks like Wipeout HD's Zone mode.

Omfg I would come buckets.

Posted by CornBREDX

No, your not Alex. I love Audio Surf. Totally cool with them making another one. I'm stoked =)

Posted by LordAndrew
Yeah, Audiosurf is awesome.
Posted by JohnDudebro

They need to bring it to iPad. I played the hell out of Audiosurf on the Zune HD, but now that that platform's dead we need some more portable versions.

Posted by Monkeyman04

This is great. I loved the first one. Sign me up for the beta.

Posted by Artigkar

Audiosurf is awesome, so its a safe bet that this will be awesome as well.

Posted by HT101

I just hope it gets released on Mac since the first one never came out on Mac( I know you could do some workarounds to get it to work on a Mac but I'm too lazy for that.)

Posted by cikame

I respect Audiosurf but found it to be kinda simple, hopefully this new one has more substance.

Posted by Gaspar

Once a Ninja Mono man, always a Ninja Mono man.

Posted by Ketchupp

I want this inside me so hard.

Posted by Drebin_893

FUCK ME GUYS I'M PUMPED AS SHIT FUCK YEAH

Posted by GirlsGeneration

Cool i sign up for it.

Posted by steevl

Man, I still play Audiosurf every now and then. Good stuff. I only ever played the mono modes, though. Definitely signing up for the beta.

Posted by ADAMWD

Got about 70 hours in AudioSurf, will def. sign up for this. Thanks for the heads up, Alex.

Posted by Pop

I thought audiosurf was perfect didn't think it needed a sequel.

Posted by Red

I loved the original, but I really can't see what a sequel would bring. An iPhone/iPad version could be cool, though.

Posted by Mumrik

I own Audiosurf and have done so for years. It bores the snot out of me and sadly always did. If I want to play a game that is based on the music of my choice, I'd much rather pick something like Beat Hazard

Posted by whatisdelicious

"...you probably never played..."

You kidding me, Alex? They've given that game away for free or at a discount almost as much as TF2 or Portal. It practically just comes with Steam at this point.

Posted by DockJaw

Doesn't everybody own this? What are you talking about Alex

Posted by NostalgicShakedown

@Cubic said:

Audiosurf was why I originally got into Steam. I'd heard so many good things about it I signed up for an account just so I could buy it (I think it was only ever available on Steam? One of the first games with Steam achievements as well, if I recall).

Same here!

Posted by LeeroyPinkerton

HELL YES. I need to play Audiosurf more. *goes to play Audiosurf*

Posted by RagingLion

I'm only surprised you think a small number of people played Audiosurf. They were all over it at RPS at the time and everyone in my house bought it when it came out pretty much. I understand that might not reflect the slightly more mainstream gaming market though.

Posted by NakAttack

@Drebin_893 said:

FUCK ME GUYS

YOU CLEAN, CAUSE I DONT STICK MY SAUSAGE INTO ANY RUFFLED TURKEY, CAPISH.

Posted by mrcraggle

I may only play Audiosurf on simpleton mode (mono) but it's still so much fun. More Audiosurf is always a good thing in my book.

Posted by zoozilla

I love some Audiosurf, even if I can't figure out anything other than Mono.

Posted by RetroVirus

Oh man, I love Audiosurf! Now I've got to see what this is.

Posted by SlashDance
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