Peloton is working on a new game that will be played on its exercise bike — and it looks both familiar and downright weird. The game is currently known as Lenbreak (although this may change upon release) and operates on a similar premise to rhythm games such as Guitar Hero and Beat Saber.
The difference is that instead of swinging the controller or tapping buttons, you adjust your bike’s resistance level by moving your avatar (a wheel with Tron-style glowing rims) from left to right, and accelerating by increasing your cadence. Huh. The final look of the game may vary, but so far it resembles the indie music game Audiosurf.
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Signs on your bike’s tablet will guide you as you switch resistance and speed, and – just like with Audiosurf – you’ll have to dodge obstacles and collect pickups synchronized with the music.
You’ll be awarded points for picking up items, with the highest earners in high-resistance alleys. ‘breakers’ are items that require you to achieve a certain power output, and ‘streams’ or ‘veins’ are spans that appear in one or more lanes, and require you to maintain a certain cadence Gives points.
It’s a concept that should deliver a similar workout to a challenging interval session, with movements from left to right providing a challenge similar to shifting between intensity levels under the direction of an instructor.
The game is scheduled to launch in 2022, and an open beta will be released to Peloton members later this year. It will be available for Peloton Bikes and Bike+ in the US, UK, Canada and Germany.
Analysis: Peloton needs it to stay ahead
Peloton is right for thinking outside the box. It’s still the biggest name in household spinning (even U.S. President Joe Biden starts every day with one of his classes), but more and more rivals are springing up, its lunch. Hoping to bite.
The Echelon and Myx, for example, offer very similar setups on a subscription basis with spin bikes and instructor-led workouts—while driving down Peloton’s prices. You can get a similar experience with iFit, which not only includes studio workouts, but beautiful virtual rides in collaboration with Google Maps.
Both FIIT and iFit offer Peloton digital subscription options with pre-recorded workout sessions that can be done with or without exercise equipment, and in December 2020, Apple Fitness Plus hit the scene.
Lanebrake offers something a little different, which anyone who enjoys breaking a sweat but doesn’t appreciate the boundless enthusiasm of the typical spin instructor, offers some escapism. We’re looking forward to trying it out, and seeing if it can prompt us to get our heart rates up compared to a more traditional spin session.
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