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Rock Band and Dance Central will be back this generation, Harmonix says [Update]

Rock Band and Dance Central will be back this generation, Harmonix says [Update]

Update: Will it be back, though? Harmonix Director of Publishing & PR John Drake has issued a denial on Twitter, stating, "People writing that 'HARMONIX IS BRINGING ROCK BAND BACK' as a takeaway from this talk are pretty willfully misrepresenting what was said."

Original story: In a few years, you'll have to get the band back together. Harmonix plans on bringing back the Rock Band and Dance Central franchises, according to CEO Alex Rigopulos. Speaking at a panel at PAX East, Rigopulos explained that both defunct series are "near and dear to our hearts and our minds." And he promised that they'll be back.

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"I'm imagining John Drake shouting, "ALEEEEEEX!!!!" a la William Shatner's "KHAAAAAN!!!""
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Fantasia: Music Evolved preview: dynamic duets

Fantasia: Music Evolved preview: dynamic duets

When Harmonix first announced its upcoming Microsoft console-exclusive music game, Fantasia: Music Evolved, a part of me wondered how the Rock Band and Dance Central creators would be able to capture the wondrous atmosphere created by the original Disney films. After all, Fantasia makes me think of bombastic animation enhanced by its eclectic soundtrack. It makes me think of artistic and musical creativity. Nine months later, Harmonix is revealing new details on its Kinect-controlled title, showing some new ways to exercise some of that creativity, alone or with a friend.

In a private demo during last week's Game Developers Conference, Harmonix and Disney Interactive invited Shacknews to check out some previously-unrevealed elements of Fantasia. In addition to demonstrating a new explorable area, Harmonix showed off how the game's two-player mode will work, before bringing me aboard to try it out.

Read more: 'The Hollow' and two-player competitive play »

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Harmonix and Disney bring Fantasia: Music Evolved to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, utilizing the Kinect to enable players to mix their favorite music in real time - controller free.

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