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Fantasia: Music Evolved adds Cee Lo Green's 'Forget You' to tracklist

Fantasia: Music Evolved adds Cee Lo Green's 'Forget You' to tracklist

Harmonix and Disney Interactive revealed some more songs for Fantasia: Music Evolved over the weekend--and sure enough, it's an eclectic mix. The new tracks run the gamut from fairly recent hits, to the 1980s, to the 1780s.

Read more: Forget You, Rocketman »

"This is an example of why couldn't understand where they'd go with this 'game'. When I saw they ..."
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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.

Read more: 'Grand plans' coming »

"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 »

"Remember back when Harmonix was solidly a Sony-oriented studio?"
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Chroma is a music-based first-person shooter from Harmonix

Chroma is a music-based first-person shooter from Harmonix

For many, Harmonix is synonymous with "music." Their games have defined the genre, with iconic hits like Karaoke Revolution, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Dance Central under their belt. While creating new ways of experiencing interactive music is the company's modus operandi, it's difficult not to be completely taken aback by their latest title: Chroma is a music first-person shooter.

Before explaining how Harmonix plans on integrating music into the shooter genre, it's important to point out that it is a FPS first, music game second. In fact, Harmonix is co-developing Chroma with Hidden Path Entertainment, the team that most recently made Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. That's to ensure that the admittedly-inexperienced Harmonix ensures that shooting feels right and good.

Read more: Music-infused class-based shooter »

"What an interesting trailer. Polished or not, I give them credit for trying something fresh."
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This is how you play Fantasia: Music Evolved

This is how you play Fantasia: Music Evolved

The debut trailer for Harmonix's Fantasia: Music Evolved was embarrassing, showing off all of the game's ridiculous gestures and motions--and none of the gameplay. Today's video rectifies that mistake, showing why you'd want to look so silly in the first place.

This interactive version of Fantasia has you stepping into Mickey's shoes as the Sorcerer's Apprentice, able to bring music to life by swinging your arms. Not only is there beatmatching gameplay, but there's also remix opportunities, where you can switch between different versions of the song you're playing, but also create new rhythms and beats entirely.

Watch: Brand new gameplay »

"Looks like something the kids will enjoy. Though, I'd want to know what kind of music selection ..."
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Fantasia: Music Evolved is Harmonix's next game, coming to Xbox One and Kinect

Fantasia: Music Evolved is Harmonix's next game, coming to Xbox One and Kinect

Disney's Fantasia was an animated epic starring Mickey Mouse designed to introduce a new generation to the wonders of classical music. It eventually became a cult classic, but Disney Interactive EP Chris Nicholls says that "Walt had always imagined Fantasia as an always-evolving platform." More than 70 years later, it appears the right combination of technology and talent has come along to make that vision become reality.

Fantasia: Music Evolved is the next game from Rock Band and Dance Central developer Harmonix. Given the studio's pedigree, there's perhaps no better fit for such a musically inclined IP. However, as Harmonix's John Drake points out, "this is not a movie game." In many ways, it's not a game at all--very much unlike the first misdirected attempt at making a Fantasia game.

Read more: Discovering 'musical moments' »

"it will return when music licensors let us do everything!! I would love to try some u2 songs"
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Harmonix suffers 'small number' of layoffs, gains BioShock 2 lead designer

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Harmonix suffers 'small number' of layoffs, gains BioShock 2 lead designer

Harmonix has gone through transitions today. The developer behind Rock Band and Dance Central has confirmed a small number of employees were let go, just as news hit that the studio had hired Zak McClendon, lead designer of BioShock 2.

Read more: Company previously looking for next gen, combat designer »

"Is that being a jerk? I found nothing inspiring, interesting, or impressive about BioShock 2, ..."
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Metallica songs being pulled from Rock Band DLC library

Metallica songs being pulled from Rock Band DLC library

Harmonix will no longer be releasing DLC songs for its Rock Band series, and a few songs will soon be disappearing from the existing library because of expiring licensing deals.

Read more: Three tracks from Metallica 01 affected »

"I doubt Lars has anything to do with this. The contract has an expiration date, and the parties ..."
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130 million Rock Band songs downloaded, as DLC ends

130 million Rock Band songs downloaded, as DLC ends

"It was totally insane to expect people to drop $150 on a video game," Harmonix recounts as it releases a video in tribute of its final Rock Band DLC release. And yet, not only did millions of people join in on the Rock Band craze, they bought DLC. Lots of it.

According to new stats released by Harmonix, there were 130 million songs downloaded through Rock Band. Over 281 weeks, the Rock Band library expanded by 4,246, thanks to the combined efforts of Harmonix and the user-supported Rock Band Network.

Watch: The day the music died »

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'American Pie' is Rock Band's final DLC song

'American Pie' is Rock Band's final DLC song

April 2nd will be the day the music died.

Read more: Rock Band no longer in 'active development'

"My rebuttal is Bohemian Rhapsody and London Calling in its entirety."
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Dance Central 3 DLC releases ending this month

Dance Central 3 DLC releases ending this month

Harmonix is the master of DLC releases. The studio has supported Rock Band for years, and has given Dance Central an equally impressive amount of support. The Dance Central 3 library includes over 200 tracks, but the developer has announced plans to stop working on any additional add-on content.

"As Harmonix moves forward with several new titles currently in development, the talented developers who make this content are needed on other projects," Harmonix explained. "With the Dance Central DLC team moving around, this month will be the last DLC for Dance Central 3 for the near future."

Read more: Live Challenges will still be updated »

"Lemme tell you, they're not. It's all current hits. Honestly, the only songs I bought from any ..."
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Rock Band DLC releases to end in April

Rock Band DLC releases to end in April

Harmonix has released DLC for the Rock Band series for 275 consecutive weeks. Over the past five years, over 4,000 songs have been released for the franchise. However, it's all coming to an end on April 2nd. On that day, Harmonix will no longer regularly release DLC for its music game.

Read more: The Final Countdown »

"In a year they should do a sale where they sell every song for like 50 quid. I would totally buy."
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Rock Band Blitz review: still standing

Rock Band Blitz review: still standing

Harmonix has spent years rocking living rooms with plastic instruments, continuing to pump weekly DLC into the Rock Band machine. Now there's a new way to rock out with those DLC tracks with Rock Band Blitz--with a standard controller. While putting together stellar performances isn't as easy in Blitz as it is in Rock Band, it quickly proves to be just as fun.

Rather than focus on playing music as a group of friends, Blitz is a completely solo experience. Players control all of the instruments themselves, focusing on each individual instrument and building all of their individual multipliers. Micromanaging each instrument track can prove to be overwhelming at first, particularly for anyone that jumps in head-first to the harder tracks. Sticking to only one instrument is definitely not an option, as players can only increase their multiplier by making sure each instrument track is taken care of before a checkpoint. This system took me a while to get used to, but once I got the sense of rhythm down, I was able to buckle down and start having a good time.

Read more: Head-bobbing, toe-tapping »

"I'm guessing that once you get into the devil's-head songs, you'll be suffering."
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Dance Central 3 'Story Mode' detailed

Dance Central 3 'Story Mode' detailed

Harmonix is trying something a little different with Dance Central 3: a fully realized campaign story spanning decades, all centered around going back in time to stop a master criminal from destroying dancing. You might notice that the plot sounds amazingly hokey, and that seems like half the fun.

Read more: Nine new tracks revealed »

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Harmonix seeking 'Combat Designer'

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Harmonix seeking 'Combat Designer'

More pieces are falling into place for Harmonix's next game, but it's still a seemingly odd combination of game systems, especially for a studio known for its music titles. A new job listing seeks a combat designer to create "real-time, single-player combat experiences" for its new IP on next-generation hardware. The listing notes this game will be unlike anything Harmonix has done before.

Read more: Combat skills and enemy AI mentioned »

"I'm not sure if HMX necessarily has the skills to pull it off, but man, if they could harness ..."
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