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Become Nara and Forsaken, her sentient starfighter, on a compelling, personal journey of redemption. Unlock devastating weapons and mind-bending abilities in a true evolution of the space-combat shooter. Explore breath-taking interstellar vistas, ancient temples and venture beyond our waking reality.

Outgun, outwit and outmanoeuvre your enemies in an epic quest to free the galaxy from oppression.


A JOURNEY OF REDEMPTION – Become Nara, an ace pilot facing her haunted past, and Forsaken, her sentient ship. Their quest for redemption will take them across the galaxy and beyond the boundaries of reality to unite resistance forces and stop the Circle and their leader, the Great Prophet, at all costs.


VENTURE BEYOND THE VOID – Enter a dark new universe, teeming with mystery and rife with conflict. Explore sprawling space stations and trading hubs. Engage your enemies in exhilarating zero-g dogfights amongst exploding stars, dying planets, atmospheric asteroid belts, glittering ice fields and strange planes of existence outside our own. Chorus balances the scale and spectacle of space exploration with frenetic, fast paced action.


ONE PILOT, ONE SHIP, ONE LIVING WEAPON – Attain powerful and distinct weapons and combat upgrades. Master your ship’s unique drift mechanic and intuitive abilities including extra-sensory perception, teleportation and telekinesis to overcome massed hordes of enemies and take down titanic battleships. Chain your powers together to become the ultimate living weapon.


Rise as one. Coming 2021. #ThisEndsWithUs


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  • Commissar SFLUFAN changed the title to Chorus (arcade spaceflight combat) - Information Thread, update: 03 December 2021 release announced, new hands-on previews

Chorus is an exciting sci-fi adventure where you play as Nara, an ace pilot with a haunted past, alongside her sentient starfighter, Forsaken, as you unravel their mysterious backstory and join their fight for redemption. A cinematic single-player experience, Chorus empowers you with devastating weapons and mind-bending abilities, known as the Rites of Power, to […]




Chorus' mix of exploration and space magic, coupled with high-quality visuals and an amazing soundtrack, make it one to watch.



Playing through the demo left me wanting more. A lot more. How Chorus holds up in terms of variety and, well, staying power, remains to be seen. It’s easy for games in this genre to burnout without a constant flow of new content like Elite or even No Man’s Sky, and while there’s a good spread of missions in the demo, we’ll need more to keep us truly hooked. But aside that, Chorus is looking like it could be an exceptionally fun game. The mix of exploration and space magic, the high-quality visuals and soundtrack, the simple control scheme and smooth combat – these things have me super excited to play more and see just what Fishlabs can do.




Armed with the most advanced starfighter in the universe, Nara’s journey takes her to some of the darkest parts of the cosmos and challenges her sanity.



Space shooters have a long history in the industry, stretching back to 1971’s Computer Space. However, we haven’t seen many recent releases from the genre achieve widespread appeal. We don’t know if Chorus will change that, but it brings a few fresh ideas to the table. Chorus’ open space design, tight flight mechanics, and inventive upgrades leave us hopeful for the title’s launch in December. 




Pilot a living starship through intense third-person action



Level designer Isabelle Blanken noted during the presentation that developers decided early on that every area of the game should have a horizon line, if only to help players navigate the map. Playing an early demo of the game, I never felt like I was just floating in the void without a sense of where to go next. The landscapes are dense as well. There was always something to use for cover, some kind of asteroid or structure to provide texture to my dogfights. There were also massive capital ships to contend with.


As a contrast to the action-packed combat, I was pleased to hear about the game’s quieter, more contemplative moments as well. Expect to spend a good amount of time just sailing around this universe’s sandbox environments, discovering new locations, secrets, temples, and sidequests.




Dark, moody and incredibly fast. When the opportunity came to get into the cockpit and test it out, I was more than happy to oblige. This is Chorus.



I came away from my time with Chorus surprised and impressed at what the team have put together here. In my opinion, the biggest challenge to succeeding with a game of this genre is to nail the flight model, and Chorus more than exceeds in this regard. With that hurdle out of the way, the world building and unique focus on narrative comes to the forefront, making Chorus feel like more than the sum of its parts.


It feels like an unusual choice for a space combat game. The symbiotic relationship between Nara and her ship Forsaken feels like the beating heart of the game, and the balance between story telling and a sublime gameplay loop to fuel all sorts of sci-fi bad-assery looks to be just right – of course, we can see how it all unfolds for ourselves when the game releases on December 3rd 2021.






Step into the dark sci-fi action of Chorus, a rapid and fluid take on the space shooter from Fishlabs. We go hands on.



What I really like about Chorus, though, is the atypical tone that the game has throughout. The way that Nara and Forsaken speak to one another, how Nara whispers to herself about turning her Circle training back onto the cultists she now fights against, and even the dark visions of the Faceless and the transdimensional threat they pose to the galaxy. It’s through visiting the Faceless temples that have grown of their own accord that Nara is able to gain new powers, these giving you tight and twisty gauntlets to overcome with Forsaken’s movement. There’s a twisted symbiosis between Nara and the Faceless that I’m keen to find out more about in the full game.


For fans of space shooters, there’s a lot to look forward to in Chorus. This isn’t a hard sci-fi simulation of space travel and combat, but a fast-paced arcade action romp that’s just as engaging with its unusual setting and visual design.




We've been hands on with Chorus, the new action adventure space combat shooter from Fishlabs and Deep Silver, and it's a real blast.



I enjoyed my time with Chorus, despite getting smashed to pieces on multiple occasions. Forsaken is a sleek and tricksy little machine that feels great under the thumbs, and the way you can latch onto enemy tails with Nara's Rite Of The Hunt power can really help pull you out of some sticky situations. Fights are won through sweat and gritted teeth in Chorus, which is something I haven't felt from a space combat shooter in some time. It's exhilarating stuff, but I'm also intrigued by Chorus' overarching story. While Nara's shift from cultist enforcer to rebel freedom fighter after a botched military operation seems to be pulled straight out of Final Fantasy IV's playbook, I'm keen to see how her powers evolve over the course of the game and how they'll sit alongside the arsenal provided by Forsaken. Fishlabs teased that Nara might not even need to use any guns once she reaches the height of her Rite powers, and I'm excited to see how this affects the rhythm of its battles. Luckily, we've only got to wait a few months to find out, as Chorus is set to launch on December 3rd 2021.








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Game Information

Game Title: Chorus


  • PC (Dec 3, 2021)
  • Xbox Series X/S (Dec 3, 2021)
  • PlayStation 5 (Dec 3, 2021)
  • Google Stadia (Dec 3, 2021)
  • Xbox One (Dec 3, 2021)
  • PlayStation 4 (Dec 3, 2021)

Developer: Deep Silver Fishlabs
Publisher: Deep Silver
Review Aggregator

OpenCritic - 73 average - 43% recommended

Critic Reviews

ZTGD - 10 / 10

I’m not going to lie; I LOVE everything about this game. In fact, the only thing I wish is that I was able to get out of the ship and walk around as Nara. Much like the Galaxy on Fire series all conversations happen in ship, unless it’s a cutscene. But even that is not really worth counting as a strike against the game because literally everything else is such a smooth experience. While the story can get a bit confusing, if players are fans of breakneck speeds, and thrilling dogfights in space then Chorus is going to be right up your alley. I cannot wait to see what Deep Silver Fishlabs can do with a sequel to this game or even some DLC, with the world that has been created here it really would be a shame to let it go to waste.

Lords Of Gaming - 9.5 / 10

Chorus is an absolutely excellent experience. Its story never felt dull. I loved watching Nara and Forsa mend their broken relationship and breathe in the excellently built zones and its deep lore. Despite not playing many games like it, the gameplay was accessible and enjoyable. The game is visually stunning with a soundtrack that meshes excellently with the setting of the game.

If it were not for the one imbalanced boss, and the minor bugs I experienced, this would have been a perfect experience. Still, these are minor quibbles. Chorus is a game that should be on everyone’s radar heading into Game of the Year discussions. As only in Chorus will you be surprised and amazed by what the developers crafted.

GameOnAUS - 9 / 10 stars

Chorus’ fluid, fast and action packed combat is so satisfying and the visuals are stunning. As much as I enjoyed the main story, the side quests and random encounters helped me explore more of each of the amazingly detailed systems and find more component upgrades for my ship. I highly recommend this game for space combat shooter fans and PC players can play a demo on Steam or Epic to try it out.

GamePitt - 9 / 10

Thanks to the addictive gameplay, fantastic visuals, and interesting story, Chorus is easily one of my favourite games of 2021. The gameplay is solid, smooth, fast, and very exciting, hooking you immediately with the mechanics yet keeping you addicted via the engaging and intriguing story. Even if you’re not a fan of the dogfighting genre, or you’ve not played one before, if you have any interest in arcade-style combat enclosed within a mysterious and exciting narrative, then you’ll love Chorus.

Screen Rant - 4.5 / 5 stars

Chorus is a space shooter with stunning ship-to-ship combat, all wrapped up in an intriguing world that brings personality to an impersonal genre.

The Outerhaven Productions - 4.5 / 5 stars

Chorus is a fantastic return to space combat games and one I'm sure that both newcomers and veterans will enjoy.

GamingTrend - 85 / 100

With incredible combat, a solid story and voice acting, and gorgeous graphics from top to bottom, the handful of bugs in Chorus can't hold it back. Come for the story, and stay for the high-speed power drift as you unleash your vengeance.

GamePro - German - 83 / 100

Chorus brings back what has been forgotten: arcadic, story-driven space shooters that tie us to the console in an action-packed way.

IGN Italy - Italian - 8.1 / 10

Chorus is a space-combat shooter with a good personality, where intense intergalactic dogfights represent the most successful part of the game that is supported by an appreciable artistic direction. It's not perfect but it offers valid reasons to be played, especially by those who love space-themed shooters.

33bits - Spanish - 80 / 100

CHORUS is a great arcade in which we will control Nara and we will have to defeat the Circle. Perhaps its open-world structure and some repetition in its secondary missions dilute a story that hooks you from the first minute in a game with a bomb-proof gameplay.

GameSkinny - 8 / 10 stars

With a solid gameplay loop, a variety of side missions, and an engaging, original story that doesn't overstay its welcome, Chorus delivers one of the best sci-fi experiences of the year.

Geek Culture - 8 / 10

A space-faring tale of redemption that is built on a foundation of exhilarating combat and awesome powers, Chorus is one tune everyone needs to hear.

Hardcore Gamer - 4 / 5

There are valid criticisms to be leveled at Chorus, but most of them stem from improvements in game design across the industry as a whole.

Saving Content - 4 / 5 stars

Chorus has exceptional gameplay and a vast expanse to explore within the confines of its planetary system. It unfortunately suffers from a technical issues that hold it back from greatness. And while it may not have the best voice acting or story, it more than makes up for it with its space combat and freedom to explore through its design. Deep Silver Fishlabs have made gameplay the focal point, and it shows. Chorus is the kind of game you can’t get enough of, and have to experience everything as it’s so rich and engaging.

Slant Magazine - 4 / 5 stars

When The Circle comes calling again, encroaching on Nara’s meager existence, she also needs Forsa to stand a chance of fighting the cult, and even the ship has a deep recognition that it’s the product of reprehensible crimes. Their bonding over shared pain should be ridiculous, but in practice, it’s absolutely enthralling. All this runs parallel to the Lovecraftian cosmic horrors at the game’s heart, but even as unnerving as that material gets, it’s all the more effective thanks to the very human and understandable reasons they’ve been allowed to exist. There are dozens of space shooters that will take up more of your time, and very few of them are dedicated to making this much of an impact as an engrossing, thoughtful adventure.

Worth Playing - 8 / 10

Overall, Chorus is a fun arcade-style space shooter. The open world isn't super engaging, and the plot can be a touch messy, but they're secondary to the fun of piloting your super ship as you spin, shoot lightning, and turn into lasers. If you're in the mood for an entertaining and punchy space shooter with some cool mechanics, then Chorus fits the bill. I wish the plot were better conveyed and there were more variety in side-quests, but that certainly doesn't mar the experience. At the end of the day, you're blowing up Cthulhus with your magic space anime powers, and isn't that all it needs to be?

Generación Xbox - Spanish - 7.7 / 10

However, it is a game that I would recommend, at least to enthusiasts of this genre, since despite the above, it is still an experience which we can enjoy for most of its duration, and that probably ends up leaving them wanting more.

Hobby Consolas - Spanish - 75 / 100

Chorus is a well-written game, with challenging combats and good characters, but it falls short in the technical ones. It gives the impression that the open maps are wasted and the artistic section -saving the ship of the protagonist- does not seem very careful either.

JVL - French - 15 / 20

Chorus relies a lot on the show and he does it well. With its mystical atmosphere, it offers us a space opera with majestic sets, epic soundtrack and very dynamic space battles. We can, of course, regret the maps too empty outside the missions and a certain repetitiveness of the proposals made in the appendix of the main story, as well as a limited diversity of armament and anecdotal decisions, but the extreme maneuverability of the ship and the feeling of power that we have to pilot it, using the powers at our disposal, is clearly enjoyable.

TechRaptor - 7.5 / 10

While the story is nonsense and some of the elements don't feel that great, Chorus' high-intensisty space combat is so good it leaves me wanting more every time.

The Games Machine - Italian - 7.5 / 10

There are not that many space combat games out there, so Chorus could be a good pick if you like an action packed and ready-to-go game that doesn't require you to study astrophysics like Elite o Star Citizen. The drawback is that, mechanics wise, Chorus is fairly repetitive, and not that mechanically deep. It could still be a good choice if you're aching to shoot space lasers, but in a couple of hours you might realize you're becoming more of a space tourist than an ace pilot.

Xbox Achievements - 75 / 100

Chorus might ostensibly look like any other space shooter, but, discounting a few annoyances, it has some cool ideas of its own, and frenetic action that will pull you right in like a tractor beam.

XboxEra - 7.5 / 10

Chorus is a slick, well made game and fans of the genre will find a lot to like, and perhaps even love here. It controls like a dream, looks gorgeous to boot and while the plot left me a bit cold at times, it’s hard not to admire the work and effort put in overall.

If you want to become an ace pilot working with a surly sentient space fighter to take down an evil empire and free the galaxy this Christmas, you’d be hard pressed to find a better use of your time.

Zoomg - Persian - 7.5 / 10

Chorus game turns the gamer into Nara, the pilot of the Forsyken spacecraft, to fight small and large enemy spaceships to protect the free people. The charm of flying in a large galaxy filled with eye-catching landscapes is so remarkable that if you love space battles and high-speed maneuvers at zero gravity, you shouldn't miss the opportunity to experience this work by Deep Silver.

COGconnected - 72 / 100

More arcade shooter than sim, Chorus fits into the long tradition of space dogfight games. Its combat can be furious and fun, but some missions suffer from repetition, some mechanical weirdness and poor pacing. Chorus takes itself and its story too seriously for its own good. In place of plain, old fashioned joy at blowing up stuff in space, we get angsty, mystical mumbo jumbo and a spacecraft with a guilt complex.

Spaziogames - Italian - 7.2 / 10

Chorus shines with a couple of very good ideas that, gameplay-wise, are very well crafted. The storytelling, the UI and the quest design, on the other hand, are far from perfect.

Bazimag - Persian - 7 / 10

Chorus is a fun, fast-paced and beautifully designed space opera/science-fiction game that can keep you entertained for hours upon hours. The problem is that there are few activities to do in the game's big world besides the core gameplay and the plot isn't as engaging as expected for this kind of setting.

Everyeye.it - Italian - 7 / 10

Chorus is a half-successful product. The guys at Deep Silver Fishlabs have actually shaped a galvanizing combat system and supported by gameplay mechanics that are well suited to the genre of space combat shooters, but the exploratory component almost completely devoid of indications and the poor readability of the action penalize the playful system. If on the one hand we are satisfied with the work done on the narrative front, there is still a long way that the Hamburg studio will have to travel to transform Chorus into the promised product. The redemption of Nara, in short, can not yet be said to be completely achieved.

FingerGuns - 7 / 10

Chorus shines in its exceptionally fun flight chops and smooth handling. Dogfighting in space never felt so responsive or satisfying and the backdrops can be stunning. However its ambitious, heavy story and unsympathetic heroine will leave some cold, some confused, and others simply bored.

Gamer's Palace - German - 70 / 100

Chorus brings back a lot of elements from games from the past that I loved. But just as many elements that I didn't want to see ever again. I see the game's qualities and think you could like it, in the end, I didn't really.

GamesRadar+ - 3.5 / 5 stars

Not everything works well in Chorus, but its inventive, hectic space shootouts deserve to have their praises sung

Kakuchopurei - 70 / 100

Chorus aims for the stars, and blasts it sky-high.

Metro GameCentral - 7 / 10

An extremely solid space combat simulator that struggles in terms of storytelling, and doesn't entirely justify its open world approach, but still offers an enjoyably unique experience.

PPE.pl - Polish - 7 / 10

Chorus may not be as interesting and addictive as Wing Commander or Star Wars Squadrons, but it has great potential. If you get through a boring start, Nara will take you on an intense adventure.

PlayStation Universe - 7 / 10

Chorus is a mostly good game, with excellent dogfighting and gameplay that always feels fun to pull off. It also looks gorgeous and can make for an entertaining narrative, even if it's not really breaking the mold too much with its plot. Still, it's almost tragic how poorly the game's ending lets down the rest of the solid work that made everything else about it so brilliant.

Push Square - 7 / 10

Although the basic storyline may be largely nonsensical, you'll come across a nice selection of characters to assist on your travels, all of whom are fully voice acted with their own minor backstories. Nara and Forsaken often exchange pleasantries, but their conversations can sometimes come across a bit clinical, and would have benefited greatly from a bit of added humour.

Shacknews - 7 / 10

Space action junkies will eat this one up and those with next-gen consoles that are new-game-thirsty could do much worse than this interstellar tale of redemption.

Gaming Nexus - 6.5 / 10

Chorus' controls and awesome powers make its space dogfighting some of the best, but the convoluted story and frustrating difficulty spikes hold it back from greatness. I would love to see a sequel with more interesting missions, where it just gets out of its own way and allows players to soar.

God is a Geek - 6.5 / 10

Chorus is a good-looking, competent space shooter, but it takes itself too seriously and doesn't lean into its uniqueness enough.

GGRecon - 6 / 10

Chorus offers a fairly middling take on a space combat shooter. The gameplay is really where Chorus shines, when you combine piloting, powers, and weapons in just the right way, you can reach a sweet spot that makes the game a delight to play. It just takes too long to reach this point, so you'll likely lose interest before then. If you enjoy space flight games there is almost certainly something here for you to enjoy as the minute to minute action in Chorus is mechanically sound, it's just been done better elsewhere (see: Elite Dangerous, Everspace 2). The real shame of Chorus is that the story can’t match the excitement of the gameplay. Lacking any real characters, the game relies on Nara and Forsaken, and unfortunately, their dynamic is so underdeveloped that it makes the climax of the game feel undeserved. Nara’s journey to overcome her guilt is an interesting one, however, the game doesn’t do enough to capitalise on the promising premise.

GameSpew - 6 / 10

When you’re engaging your enemies in the middle of deep space, boosting then drifting to rotate your ship around and snipe three or more enemies with your laser rifle before warping behind another and switching to your missiles to unleash a mighty payload, there’s nothing else quite like it.

Hey Poor Player - 3 / 5

There’s a solid space shooter buried beneath Chorus’ many bumps and bruises. Unfortunately, however, I’m not sure many players will be willing to dig beyond its myriad technical issues and more frustrating moments to find it. And honestly, that’s a real shame. Because with a bit more polish and refinement, Fishlabs’ latest offering could have been a space opera to remember with its unique story and exciting blend of sci-fi action and creepy occult mysticism. If you’re willing to overlook its problems, Chorus offers about a dozen hours of dogfighting action to keep you busy. But you’re going to need plenty of patience if you hope to break the Circle.

Press Start - 6 / 10

Chorus does an admirable job of trying to carve out its own identity in a genre that deserves the attention, but it just doesn't stick the landing. If you're a fan of arcade spaceship shooters and narrative adventures there's probably enough here to chew over, but there's just not much that Chorus has to offer that hasn't already been done better elsewhere. Despite being set in a gorgeous pocket of space and offering up some interesting ideas it sadly misses the mark in just about every way.

Wccftech - 6 / 10

Chorus is undoubtedly ambitious, with Fishlabs undeniably putting in a lot of effort into their first full title. Aesthetically, there's a lot to praise the game for, with a photo mode that genuinely feels useful to capture the visual splendour of space and the action of combat. Combat here is also fun, responsive, and generally great to play, even if it can feel overused due to a significant lack of variety in the rest of the game. Add this lack of variety to an ambitious story, but poorly developed, and you get Chorus. For every positive, there is an undeniable negative. Is it worth playing? I would say yes, but how much mileage you get out of it will be very subjective.

PC Invasion - 5 / 10

Chorus is a game that works in the sense that it doesn't crash your desktop, but it's just an ambulatory shell with mere vestiges of soul left in it.

Digital Trends - 2 / 5 stars

Chorus' stellar space combat is brought down by a myriad of design choices that range from frustrating to outright annoying.

Console Creatures - Recommended

Chorus has some interesting ideas that the genre sorely needs but the dogfights in space can only go so far and generally drag the rest of the experience down.

Eurogamer - No Recommendation / Blank

The combat is the highlight, frantic and cinematic, but Chorus' open-world narrative ambitions let it down.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Unscored

Despite a weak start, Chorus's over-the-top world and tone combine with slick dogfighting in space to make a potent package


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