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6:00 AM on 05.20.2014

Insomniac supports Harmonix by pledging $7,500 to Amplitude Kickstarter

With only a few days left in Harmonix's Kickstarter for a remake of Amplitude, fellow developer Insomniac Games made a sizable contribution. The $775,000 asking price is now $7,500 closer to its goal. Insomniac cites being a...

Brett Makedonski

12:30 PM on 05.19.2014

Amplitude Kickstarter adds Anamanaguchi, Freezepop, Danny Baranowsky, and more

Harmonix's Amplitude Kickstarter campaign is four days away from ending, and it is only about halfway to its $775,000 goal. Some of the trepidation that potential backers have expressed has been regarding the soundtrack. Rath...

Darren Nakamura

1:30 PM on 05.14.2014

Harmonix on why it needs Kickstarter to fund Amplitude

Harmonix is attempting to crowdfund a new Amplitude right now and there's been confusion as to why the studio went this route. There's a lot of confusion in general when it comes to crowdfunding, for that matter. In an attemp...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 05.08.2014

Harmonix releases free-to-play Record Run for iOS devices

Harmonix is hard at work getting its Amplitude Kickstarter off the ground, but there's still time for other projects to come to fruition. Harmonix and SuperVillain Studios have teamed up to release rhythm-runner Record Run f...

Brittany Vincent

10:00 AM on 05.06.2014

Amplitude is the best thing Harmonix has ever done

Back in 2003, I was introduced to what would become one of my favorite games of all time -- Amplitude for the PlayStation 2. Although I had dabbled in the prequel (Frequency), it wasn't until Amplitude dropped that ...

Chris Carter



Harmonix is bringing Amplitude back, Kickstarter is live photo
Harmonix is bringing Amplitude back, Kickstarter is live
by Dale North

Surely you remember PS2 beat-matching games Frequency and Amplitude. Classics, right? Harmonix told us that they've been waiting to create a new title in the series, and they're announcing a Kickstarter today to do just that. They're hoping to fund a new version of Amplitude for PS3 and PS4.

In the decade or so since these games, Harmonix has become a bit of a big deal with Rock Band, Dance Central, and others. They're wanting to get back to basics, but they hope to be able to plug in some of the creative power they've built up over the years for this new Amplitude. They'll also plug into their mastery of beat-matching that they've learned during Rock Band's development, giving them better control over timing windows.

Expect "an updated soundtrack, incredible visuals, and fine-tuned controls" added to the classic formula, as well single and local multiplayer modes. Oh, and crazy difficulty -- that'll be back. Harmonix says that they are aiming for 60 frames per second on PS3 and PS4. Think of this as the HD, upgraded version of the classic, one that could become a full sequel depending on your contribution and feedback. 

Be sure to check out the single concept image in our gallery below.

The Amplitude Kickstarter is live right now

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8:30 AM on 04.17.2014

Ex-Harmonix dev creates a crazy dating card game

Billionaire Banshee is a card game where all players pretend that they're single and looking for their soul mate. At your turn, you'll pick up one card from two different piles: Quirk and Perk. The traits on these cards make ...

Dale North

10:40 AM on 04.12.2014

Come to our Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved event at PAX East!

Reminder! This is happening tomorrow afternoon! As for today, come be part of the group community photo at 3PM today, and the Elephant & Castle tonight for some karaoke!  Destructoid is teaming up with Harmonix, Disn...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Making multiplayer music in Fantasia: Music Evolved photo
Making multiplayer music in Fantasia: Music Evolved
by Dale North

Harmonix revealed a multiplayer mode for Fantasia: Music Evolved at GDC last week alongside some new songs and levels. I jumped in front of a Kinect sensor to try out the new mode, and it wasn't long before I was flapping my arms to the beat. 

Can't you hear that boom, badoom, boom, boom, badoom, boom, bass?

 

 

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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