With over four million units sold across the world, you knew this was coming. All the same, I am EXCITE (yes, as in I am now the literal walking embodiment of the word "excite"). Dance Central 3 was just officially announced by Microsoft at the E3 2012 press conference, accompanied by a performance from series collaborator and pop star Usher.
Harmonix confirms there will be 40 tracks, from the classic to the current, including Gloria Gaynor, 50 Center, and of course Usher. So far they have revealed "In Da Club" by 50 Cent, "Teach Me How to Dougie" by Cali Swag District, "You Make Me Feel..." by Cobra Starship ft. Sabi, "Da' Butt" by E.U., "Stereo Love" by Maya & Vika Jigulina, "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, "Electric Boogie" by Marcia Griffiths, "OMG" by Usher ft. Will.I.Am, "Scream" by Usher, and "The Hustle" by Van McCoy. A new mode, entitled Crew Throwdown, will let four teams of two go head to head in a versus dance off. Party Mode, while briefly mentioned, was not detailed. Meanwhile, Keep The Beat will add a Dance Central first -- a mini game.
As my fellow players have likely observed, between the original Dance Central and the sequel, the Hard version of the dances became more elaborate, more like a "real" routine. The third will be no different -- some of the sequences look seriously challenging. There also seem to be some retro inspired outfits, likely to match some of the older funky grooves to be featured in the game. I spotted a dance crew that I don't recognize. Oh, and here's a pleasing tidbit: Usher collaborated with the Harmonix team to bring real choreography from his concerts and videos to the routines! As I'd always bemoaned the lack of "real" moves in "Yeah" on Dance Central 2, I think this is a good move for them, especially in terms of being taken seriously as a dance teaching tool.
One thing I noticed in the above video was the use of a different angle on the dancers. I'm not sure if this was a theatric edit for them or an actual new feature, but I can see how getting a better view on the 3D space you and the dancers occupy would be a benefit to the overall experience. I hope it's a new addition, but whatever the case, I'm sure to find out once E3 opens the floor!