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1:30 PM on 03.24.2014

Harmonix reveals The Hollow region of Disney Fantasia

Harmonix has released this trailer for Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, highlighting a new region of the game, The Hollow, where players will bring a forest environment to life through playing songs and interacting in the wor...

Conrad Zimmerman



Chroma: A musical first-person shooter from Harmonix photo
Chroma: A musical first-person shooter from Harmonix
by Dale North

It makes sense that when word gets out that Harmonix is working on a new game, everyone is going to want to see it. This was exactly the case at an invite-only showing earlier this month, taking place during D.I.C.E. Summit 2014.

I sat in a small meeting room in a Las Vegas hotel with a few other journalists, and Double Fine's Tim Schafer worked his way into the room to also see Harmonix's next big project. When attendees were asked to guess what kind of new game this might be, Schafer called out jokingly, "A first-person shooter!"

No one reacted as they probably already knew.

A few minutes later, after Harmonix's John Drake began the presentation of this new game, Schafer blurted out with a surprised laugh. Apparently he was joking about the game being a first-person shooter, not knowing that he was absolutely right. 

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10:30 AM on 01.20.2014

Rumor: Harmonix has a canceled Xbox One Kinect game

Kotaku (well, Superannuation) did some digging and found that there is an unannounced Harmonix Xbox One Kinect game that probably is laying in some desk drawer somewhere. Their lead level designer, Rob Stokes, ...

Dale North



Review: BandFuse: Rock Legends photo
Review: BandFuse: Rock Legends
by Ian Bonds

My family is very musically inclined. My father sings, and my mother sings and plays guitar. My wife's family is also musical; playing piano, guitar, drums, etc. between her, her brother, father, aunt, and so on. When I was about 12, I got an acoustic guitar for my birthday. I didn't start taking lessons for it until I was 17, in high school, once they finally started offering classes.

I'm the mutant of the family. I have no real discernible musical talent. While I do a passable job at singing, I can't really play any instruments. And yet...I own four guitars. Real ones. I also own four plastic guitars for games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band. That's how you'll get me to learn and play: make it a game.

BandFuse: Rock Legends was made for people like me. And people like my family. And sometimes, both at the same time.

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10:30 AM on 11.05.2013

Indie DROOL unveils trailer for rhythm racer THUMPER

The F-Zero series may be the king of the "go really fast and repeatedly run into walls until you explode" genre of games, but indie developer DROOL apparently wants to try its hand at it. The interesting bit is that DROOL is...

Darren Nakamura



Fantasia: Music Evolved: Cutest Yetis Ever photo
Fantasia: Music Evolved: Cutest Yetis Ever
by Dale North

Yetis should be scary, but they're not in the world of The Haven, a newly revealed area in Harmonix Kinect game Fantasia: Music Evolved. We got a few walkthroughs of this new area at PAX Prime this past weekend, and I'm here to tell you that even the yeti roars were cute. They...sang.

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11:15 AM on 09.03.2013

New Fantasia: Music Evolved trailer reveals 'The Haven'

Harmonix has debuted a new trailer for Fantasia: Music Evolved, the upcoming Kinect-only rhythm game for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You'll get a sneak peek at The Haven, a "mysterious and magical" environment that lets you p...

Chris Carter

1:00 AM on 08.27.2013

Score this sweet Fantasia: Music Evolved hat at PAX

Sure, it's not like Mickey's sorcerers hat from Fantasia, but at least this is more practical to wear in public. The Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved hat can be yours at PAX Prime this week. Just hunt down and pin to the ground...

Hamza CTZ Aziz





7:00 AM on 08.14.2013

New trailer for Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved

Following Disney's D23 Expo last weekend, Harmonix released the latest trailer for their upcoming motion game Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved. "The Evolution of Disney Fantasia," gives us a glimpse at the history behind the a...

Tim Sheehy

4:30 PM on 07.17.2013

Viacom loses $300-million lawsuit against Harmonix

Ending years of litigation, the Delaware Supreme Court has ordered Viacom to pay Harmonix Music's former owners $300 million in owed bonuses, money from when Viacom still owned the studio. You may remember that Harmonix was b...

Abel Girmay

9:30 PM on 06.04.2013

Fantasia Kinect, South Park Farts & More Ghosts

Hey gang! Here we are again with another Destructoid Show. Big news today is Disney's Fantasia: Music Evolved, coming by way of Harmonix. The trailer looks dumb, but I thought the game was pretty cool when I played...

Max Scoville



Harmonix's next project is Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved photo
Harmonix's next project is Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved
by Abel Girmay

Fantasia is easily one of the most revered films in the Disney library. It may not have the same layman recognition as Snow White or The Lion King, but that's exactly where so much of its brilliance comes from. It dared to venture away from the company safe zone of princesses and fairy tales, and forgoing the typical dialogue delivered stories in order to splice music and visuals to create a sensory wonderland.

It's this sense of Disney magic that Harmonix is trying to capture with Fantasia: Music Evolved, by giving players a greater sense of agency not just in the music, but in the game's world as well. This is definitely Harmonix's most high concept game, and a complete trip of an experience. Describing something that aims to be as visually and auditory a successor to the Fantasia films is a challenge when only armed with the written word, so here goes nothing. 

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10:15 AM on 05.28.2013

Dance Central 3: Entire add-on catalog on sale now

Harmonix has put their entire Dance Central 3 add-on catalog on sale, starting today and running through June 3. More than 80 routines are priced at 160 MSP -- 50 percent off the original price. You can finally get that One D...

Dale North



Rock Band had a ridiculously profound effect on my life photo
Rock Band had a ridiculously profound effect on my life
by Brett Makedonski

It's a sad week. Granted, it's an inevitability that's more than five years in the making, but nonetheless, it's sad. This is the week that Harmonix releases its final regularly scheduled Rock Band DLC -- a streak that's stretched across 281 weeks.

Harmonix should be applauded for its loyalty to the consumer. Alongside the 2007 release of Rock Band, the company pledged that it'd support its game with new downloadable tracks every week. Harmonix upheld this promise for far longer than anyone expected it to, and possibly longer than was financially beneficial. Now that the weekly DLC's being discontinued, it's tough to not feel as if everyone has more or less thrown in the towel on the music genre. I wish this weren't true.

You see, Harmonix and the music genre of videogames mean more to me than they do to most other people. I'll probably never forget the exact moment that these games entered my life. It was the winter break of my freshman year of college, and my friends and I were bored and all sitting around at someone's house. In an effort to kill some time, the person whose house we were at fired up a PlayStation 2 and pulled a plastic guitar out of the closet.

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1:00 PM on 03.29.2013

American Pie concludes regular updates to Rock Band 3

As I have been lamenting, the regular DLC updates for Rock Band 3 are coming to an end next week, but it's going out with a bang. Don Mclean's classic 1971 ballad chronicling the disappointments of counter-culture m...

Conrad Zimmerman

6:30 PM on 03.22.2013

Triple hit of Chevelle en route to Rock Band 3

Next week's update to the Rock Band Music Store will deliver three hit songs from Chevelle, "Send the Pain Below," "The Red" and "Face to Floor."  This is a band which I never connected with their music. Prior to today,...

Conrad Zimmerman