If you’re anything like me then you probably that the single free new song DLC that released last week in Beat Saber was the extent of their teased “Christmas Gifts” but you’d be wrong. As it turns out, today Beat Saber (on all platforms including Rift, Vive, Windows VR, and PSVR) is getting another free song and this time it’s the viral hit track POP/STARS from League of Legends studio Riot Games, performed by a collaboration between Madison Beer, (G)I-DLE, and Jaira Burns known in the League of Legends universe now as K/DA.
When the song first released eaerly last month it took the internet by storm. In under two months it’s already amassed over 122M views on YouTube and probably several million more across Spotify and other platforms. It’s undeniably catchy and fits the game’s signature electronic soundtrack style perfectly.
“We’ve been blown away by the reaction to ‘POP/STARS’ and the variety of amazing adaptations that content creators from both the League community and beyond have brought to life,” said Tom Ebsworth, EU Marketing Director for Riot Games in a prepared statement. “As huge Beat Saber fans ourselves, both of the game and Beat Games who share our passion for gaming and music, it was a no-brainer that this crossover needed to exist. We’re excited to give fans of the song a new way to experience it and to hear what they think!”
Interestingly, fans actually beat the official Beat Games team to the punch. There was already a modded track available for download on Beat Saver, a website for custom song uploads, that you could play inside the game. It’s been downloaded over 8,000 times already. When I asked a PR representative from Riot Games about that existing custom beat map, she said the official version had been in development since before the song even released. The official version releasing today will likely be more polished plus it will include a version for the new Expert+ difficulty setting.
“We started working with Beat Games while POP/STARS was still in production,” said the Riot Games representative. “When the two teams got together to listen to a preliminary version of POP/STARS, we immediately recognized the affinity between the song and Beat Saber. After the Worlds final performance, we were pleased to see that fans of K/DA and Beat Saber were thinking the same.”
What do you think of the news? Let us know down in the comments below and let us know what you think of the new song once you try it out!