A spokesman for Harmonix has confirmed to Polygon that the Boston-based studio has released a handful of employees.
“We can confirm that a small number of Harmonix employees were let go today,” the spokesperson said. “This decision was made due to shifting staffing priorities for Harmonix’s multiple future projects.”
The company did not indulged when they said “shifting” “priorities.” Clearly the company is changing it up.
But their excuse is kinda lame, right? I’m pretty sire anytime there are cuts to any workforce, that generally means a company is shifting priorities. (more…)
The best Kinect title so far has to be Harmonix‘s Dance Central. While there have been plenty of dancing game over the years, none have captivated the feel of dancing quite like DC — this is coming from someone who despises wigging around to music — and even I enjoyed the rhythm game.
Today, Harmonix announced that a sequel is indeed coming to the Xbox 360 and will exclusively utilize the Kinect. While visually it looks almost identical to the original game, there will be some changes to how we play it. The biggest new highlight will be the ability to dance together with a friend on the same screen, which was something I wished was in the first installment and is still question why it wasn’t in the first.
The developers are also promising a redesigned break dance feature, and players will be able to import their original songs from the first game to the sequel. If you combine all of them, that would equal to over 100 tunes at launch.
The shipping date has yet to be announced, but I figure we should see at by the end of the year.
Activision has revealed the entire list of which artists will be mashed-up in DJ Hero 2. The listing, which can be seen after the jump, are the individual songs that WILL BE mixed together and not the actual tracks you’ll play once the game ships on October 19th.
Like the first DJ Hero, which was released last year, the genre is definitely oriented towards the pop and the hip-hop scene, which make sense considering the game follows a DJ in dance clubs. And for those who want rock music, by either Rock Band or Guitar Hero.
Unfortunately we have no clue when Activision will announce what songs are mashed together and what real life DJs did them. Hopefully its soon, considering we’re just mere months away from the release.
Again, after the jump, check out the complete listing. (more…)
Dance Central, the boogie game for the Xbox’s Kinect, which is developed by Harmonix and published MTV Games, is scheduled to be a launch game when the motion device is released. Up top is the trailer, and to be honest, it looks like one of the better games for for the Kinect. Although, that’s like saying guacamole is one of the better spreads for a sandwich, when all you have had was animal excrement.
“This picture is probably going to be better than the game”
Not that any of you really care, but CVG got word that SingStar is going to expand and come out with “SingStar Dance,” and will be revealed during Sony’s press conference.
Nothing specific about the gameplay is known, but the website hinted that it should take advantage of the PS3 Move, which is Sony’s call to both Microsoft’s Kinetic (Project Natal) and the Nintendo Wii.
It’s pretty obvious that the name indicates the player will dance around; however, if for some crazy reason you play the series, I think singing will still be included — so stop worring. Since they are keeping the SingStar name and just adding the word “Dance,” I’m pretty sure the gamer will sing and dance, just their idol Britney Spears, but in better shape.
It looks like Activision might try or already has signed the Red Hot Chili Peppers to an exclusive Guitar Hero game named after the famous band, and at the same time keeping with tradition of releasing at least 40+ Guitar Hero games a year. Okay, maybe the company is not developing as many installments as before, but I’m sure there will be plenty of GH games in 2010.
According to a survey that was forwarded to Kotaku, which allegedly from the publisher, the concept would be to “Celebrate the entirety of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ life, starting with their early days in LA, to their famous Hyde Park concert to their highly anticipated new studio album.” And to “discover the story behind their legendary music as you unlock interviews, retrospectives, concert footage and other commentary.” The survey named albums like: ‘By The Way,’ ‘Californication,’ ‘ Give It Away’ and the 2011 untitled album which is due sometime in 2011.
Surprise! It doesn’t doesn’t sound original at all.
This wouldn’t be the first time the Red Hot Chili Peppers has appeared in a rhythm game. They have had selectable songs in Guitar Hero III and the Guitar Hero DS games and even had their full album ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ downloadable for Rock Band.
If this does indeed happen, I’m not sure when to expect the title to be in stores. On one hand, I see Activision wanting a Red Hot Chili Peppers title to compete with EA’sGreen Day: Rock Band, which is scheduled to come out later this year. However, it sounds like if the Chili Peppers would want a full game name after them, they would want it to coincide with the release of their 2011 studio album.
Either way, I doubt I’m buying it. Not because I dislike the group, but because I’m sick of Guitar Hero — much like most of you.
Chances are if you didn’t buy The Beatles: Rock Band, it was probably because you didn’t want to spend the $200+ for the special edition. Right now, Amazon.com has the best deal I’ve seen for the rhythm game based on the legendary band.
If you head over to the retail site right now, you can buy the limited edition bundle for only $123.54 for the Xbox 360 and $133.54 for both the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii. Not bad considering the ‘value bundle’ is listed for $159.99 — which comes with less impressive plastic instruments. Speaking of the ‘value bundle,’ the same site is selling the Xbox 360 version for $89.99 and $97.95 for the Wii and PS3.
If you haven’t purchased the music game, it might be a good idea and grab a bundle now.
Are you still playing DJ Hero? No? Well a third music downloadable pack is about to both Xbox Live and PSN, so maybe you’ll dust off your plastic turntable. The pack will feature three mashups of six different songs by both Jay-Z and Eminem, which are:
“Shake That” by Eminem mixed with “Show Me What You Got” by Jay-Z
“Without Me” by Eminem mixed with “Encore” by Jay-Z
“Can I Get A…” by Jay-Z mixed with “Lose Yourself” by Eminem
If you care to buy them, the price for all three mashups will be 640 Microsoft Points or $7.99 on PSN. They will be available on March 25th.
Even though Harmonix is well underway developing Green Day: Rock Band, the studio has just announced that they are also hard at work creating Rock Band 3, which should be released THIS holiday season. The news was just revealed on the official Facebook fan-page for Rock Band.
According to the simple status update on the social networking site, we should expect something new and fresh:
“Harmonix is developing Rock Band 3 for worldwide release this holiday season! The game, which will be published by MTV Games and distributed by Electronic Arts, will innovate and revolutionise the music genre once again, just as Harmonix did with the original Rock Band, Rock Band 2 and The Beatles: Rock Band. Stay tuned for more details!”
I really hope Harmonix has something exciting up their sleeve because if they don’t, I think many gamers will be hesitant on buying the next installment of the famed music series. The music genre as a whole is really starting to take it’s course because the market was flooded with rhythm games. Sadly, I wouldn’t even blame Harmonix for the amount of titles in stores that require gamers to press colored buttons on plastic instruments. A lot of it has to do with Activision and milking their Guitar Hero franchise.
Since the first Rock Band was released in 2007, we have seen a total of three games on the home consoles with the name. However, in the same span Activision has shipped a total of NINE games under the “Hero” name.
Hopefully Activision hasn’t ruined the fun for both EA Harmonix, but again it really is up to them on bringing something new to the table. And then in a year, their competitor can steal the idea.
Even before DJ Hero was shipped into stores last year, we heard rumblings about how Activision already had confidence in the game and had given FreeStyleGames the greenlight to develop a sequel. Of course, some people had their doubts of a second version because when the game was released, it didn’t necessarily sell the way the publisher thought it would have. Today, we have some more encouraging news that suggests that Activision is still planning on releasing a DJ Hero 2.
The tidbit comes from DJ David Guetta, a 42-year-old DJ whose music has been available for download for the original title. The DJ told Kelowna that he will be helping Activision to develop what he calls “the number two version.”
“I think it’s amazing, this game, and I’m going to work on the No. 2 version,”
Guetta went on and talked about how the intensity of the music game really gives the player the feeling of being a real DJ; however, he even finds the most difficult setting so hard, he can’t beat it.
“I think it’s amazing, this game, and I’m going to work on the No. 2 version,” Guetta says. “It’s a really crazy game. After 10 minutes, you get the rush that a DJ gets after 10 years of practicing. I have fun with it, but you know what? I can’t go to the maximum level. It’s too difficult for me. It’s crazy.”
I actually really enjoyed DJ Hero, it’s not nearly as innovative as Guitar Hero or Rock Band, but it did one thing great — which was the music. Countless times I felt my body moving to the beat of the original mash-ups, and have wished many times of a release actual soundtrack. However, the game did have flaws. These negatives mostly stemmed from the lack of multiplayer options, which really hurt the title.
Music games of late, really focus on playing with other people in the room. Sadly, with the lack of modes, DJ Hero wasn’t the game of choice during some of my recent get-togethers. Hopefully if DJ Daivd Guetta is correct and a sequel is on the way — multiplayer will be the area FreeStyleGames tries to innovate.